I first found yoga as a long-distance runner only looking to gain more balance and
flexibility, but I quickly realized the ways in which the physical practice of yoga asana could
integrate into my already existing meditation practice. Over the past 16 years I have studied
meditation with Jack Kornfield, guided meditation and Sanskrit
with Dr. Carol Whitfield, and Sri Swami Dayanada Saraswati in Anaikatti, India.
I have been lucky enough to be a student of renowned Iyengar yoga instructor
Ramanand Patel for 9 years. He has been my primary teacher along with David Moreno.
These incredible teachers have shown me that each yoga
posture can be approached as an opportunity to see how the
mind responds to any challenge, making it possible for us to learn
more mature ways of responding in every day life. Can the mind simply
observe what is in this moment, or does it immediately judge the
experiences that arise, seeking to change or avoid them?