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. Along this path, we begin to understand (or remember) a bit more about what we’re doing here.
Yoga has always somehow seemed familiar, and I have practiced certain techniques since I was very small. I began learning yoga asana in a formal manner some time around 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah, at a gym where I worked a lifeguard in high school. Since then, I have been fortunate to practice with many teachers along the way in places I have lived, from Utah to Texas, Pennsylvania, New Zealand, India, and Panama. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2011, 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 then studied for some years with Shannon Paige. A special influence from that period 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 also study regularly with Rod Stryker. 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.
I am trained as a scientist/engineer, and am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where I work on modeling the polar ice sheets and global climate as part of a large, collaborative earth system model in the Climate and Global Dynamics laboratory. I hold a BS 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 an indigenous village in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, in Panama. If you’re curious about what that world is like, have a look here.