I began my journey into yoga looking for a challenging workout. I have always been physically and emotionally active. I was stressed out and full of internal conflicts and apprehension. I operated under the assumption that if I wasn’t beating my body up then it wasn’t worth it. As my yoga practice evolved, I have learned to love my body and take care of myself through compassion and mindfulness…rather than challenging my ego. I believe that yoga can be accessible to anyone when they open their heart and begin where they are, not where they think they should be. One must cast aside judgment about how it’s “supposed” to look and honor how it feels in their body.
Much like my mat supports my physical practice, I have found that the love and support of the Yoga Shelter Community is irreplaceable. Yoga is a personal practice to connect with the highest version of yourself, but you are never alone!
I spent years studying many different yoga disciplines – Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Anusara – in Boston, Miami and New York, but it wasn't until I walked into the Yoga Shelter that I felt at home. There is such a positive and good energy about this place. It attracts and comforts those who walk through its doors. It is a safe space for all. And it teaches us life skills that we can apply in all that we encounter.
Teaching yoga has become a natural evolution for me - a way to give back and help guide others as they work through their own self-development. And it holds me accountable to be my best self in my own life journey.
I hope to share a class with all of you soon. The light in me honors the beautiful light in all of you.
Wherever you go, there you are…truer words were never spoken. I struggled for years trying to “find myself”, my path in life. Moved across the country, even crossed the pond for a few years, searching for something to fill the void. The only constant in my life up until now has been yoga. I attended my first yoga class over 20 years ago at Wayne State U. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into (yoga wasn’t as popular back then) but after that first class I was hooked! I have discovered through a regular yoga practice and with Yoga Shelter’s Life Training that happiness and fulfillment isn’t somewhere else or with someone else, it is already within me… Wherever I go, there I am. Being truly in the moment gives me the courage to know I will never be someone other than who I am, and that who I am is absolutely wonderful.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
See you on the journey to enlightenment while both on and off the yoga mat,
I discovered Kiteboarding in 2010 and fell in love with it, it has led me to many new people, sports, and experiences - one being yoga. As a dedicated father of 2, and a hard worker at Chrysler, Yoga brought me the balance and peace I needed in my busy life.
I showed ponies and horses throughout my life , teach children's tennis and extra curricular activities , taught step aerobics throughout university and I am also a play therapist for autistic children.
At the age of 26 I had a massive stroke that paralyzed my entire left side, 3 months later I required open heart surgery.
My fitness regime was halted.
This was a defining moment in my life, my awakening. I used my yoga and the magic it brings on and off the mat, with each deep breath I nurtured my left side to bend and stretch and wake up and thrive.
True grit and and the grace of the universe have restored my health , filled my soul and the beat of my heart.
For the last few years, I have been running outdoor, high intensity, interval trainings.
My intention is to inspire others physically, to be the best they can be. As well as inspire people mentally and spiritually to live with focus, purpose and intention.
As Mya Angelou so gracefully said,
' My mission in life is not to merely survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion and compassion and some humor and some style.'
Aside from yoga, I facilitate Dance Meditation Technique and work as a health coach. Both influence and expand my practice and style of teaching and continue to fuel my desire to help others help themselves into the best life they can live.
Sharing a space where others can find a bit of that peace and bloom into their most bountiful, beautiful self is an incredible blessing and privilege. Hope to see you in class soon!
After my first month of practicing I began notice subtle changes in my everyday life. It wasn't until I found the Yoga Shelter that I began to develop a consistent practice. Not only was my body growing healthier but so was my mind.That year I decided to attend a RYT 200 training and it forever changed my life. As a philosophy major I began emerging myself in Vedanta, a spiritual philosophy that strengthened my yoga practice and understanding. It just made sense and gave me the knowledge to continue shedding unhealthy behaviors and relationships and develop a new connection with myself. My entire life I have searched for a way that I can help people and yoga has helped me find that within myself.
Now as a teacher nothing fills me with more joy then giving my students the motivation to challenge themselves physically and mentally both on the mat and off. Yoga has become more than a practice but a lifestyle, one that has allowed me to connect with a number of magnificent individuals. Yoga has improved my life more than I ever imagined and I can only hope to be able to share this practice with as many people as possible.