I found the jewel of Yoga as part of recovery from addiction and dealing with stress. I walked into my first class at a particularly rough patch and it was immediately transformative. A state of “OK-ness” or calmness cloaked in faith in the future ensued that I will never forget. That was 24 years ago. I have practiced almost daily ever since, even completing the 3rd series of Ashtanga Vinyasa.
I wanted to know more and enthusiastically pursued the study of yoga. From that, a desire to share the insights, pitfalls, and pearls that I so fortuitously gained from the teachers and teachings, arose. Eventually, I cut my hours working as an MD so I could pursue the yogic arts and begin teaching.
I have done 3 teacher trainings (Lisa Walford, Maty Ezraty, Richard Freeman) and many other multi-week workshops. I participated in weekly study groups on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (2002-5), Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, with Chris Chapple PhD (2004 to 2010). I was at YogaWorks for 5 years where I taught Mysore style Ashtanga and vinyasa flow. I then moved to Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where for 6 years I taught yoga in the Dance Dept. This involved yoga postures, written midterms and finals and, yes, even grades. This culminated in developing the first yoga anatomy/physiology course for the Masters in Yoga Studies at LMU in 2013. I am on the scope of practice working group for the Yoga Alliance. https://yastandards.com/scope-of-practice-working-group-2/
3 decades of seeing patients as an MD, and nearly 25 years of practicing and studying yoga has given me unique insights into the bio-psycho-spiritual phenomenon of the human experience on and off the mat. I estimate that I have done over 5000 public classes all the way from today's "yogalebrities" to teachers 3 weeks out of their trainings. I have a good feel for what works in these hour plus get-togethers called yoga classes. I felt, after a long hiatus, it was time to get back to sharing my love for this work. What a privilege it is to teach!
As a teenager, like many, my dream was music. I looked around and it seemed like long odds even with hours of daily practice. So I listened to conventional advice and put it on the back burner, and find "something to fall back on". I chose medicine, which was 13 years of singular focus and 60-100 hour work weeks. By the time I finished, that stove had left the building and the dream faded. Over the last years I have rekindled the light, and I want to shine it bright so we will sing, chant, sound, create and generally play with our God given internal instrument aka voice.