We practice yoga to cultivate clarity and strength, balance and awareness – that sense of fully being, making space, and accessing stillness, while being as useful as possible in our individual roles in the world – even in the midst of all the doing and turbulence we may find ourselves in. Along this path, we begin to understand (or remember) a bit more about what we’re doing here. This is an extraordinary practice.
Yoga has always somehow seemed familiar, and I have practiced certain techniques since I was very small. I began learning yoga asana (postures) in formal classes around 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since then, I have been fortunate to practice with many teachers along the way, from Utah to Texas, Pennsylvania, New Zealand, India, Panama, Colorado, and beyond. At some point, I began to teach yoga in Boulder, Colorado, after completing a Hatha Yoga teacher training at Shoshoni Yoga Ashram, in the mountains near Rollinsville, and subsequently studied for some years with Shannon Paige. A special early influence is also Erica Kaufman, founder of Lila Yoga.
In recent years, I have studied and practiced deeply in the Ashtanga tradition at The Yoga Workshop in Boulder until its abrupt closure in 2019, with Ty Landrum, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Ashley Hixon, and others. I have also studied intensely with Rod Stryker in Carbondale, Colorado. I learn from every teacher I meet, and have been fortunate to travel widely and be exposed and introduced to practices from many traditions. This lifetime has been very interesting so far.
As of January 2020, it is time to withdraw from this part of the world for now, so I am headed to India to live in the Himalayas for a while. I will be based at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh.
I hold a BS in civil engineering from Rice University (2009) and a PhD from the University of Colorado (2018) in civil engineering (with my main graduate research involving numerical modeling of meltwater drainage and ice dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet).
From 2009-2011, I lived and worked as an environmental health (water and sanitation) Peace Corps volunteer in a remote indigenous village in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé of Panama. If you’re curious about what that world is like, have a look here.