MY JOURNEY TO YOGA
Early on, I was exposed to many different gurus and teaching lineages-but my growth came out of practicing a particular approach and letting go of my ego to go under my teachers’ direct guidance. Paul Dallaghan had the greatest influence on my journey. With his focus on classical Pranayama and traditional Asana Practice, the main source for my ongoing growth, Paul is my primary teacher. I have also spent a lot of time practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy at DWD Center in Toronto.
It isn’t so much that I sought out my teachers or made any kind of decisions; it’s more that the path had me. I realized at some point that, in fact, I knew nothing and that the best I could do was commit wholeheartedly to the practice. As I continue to do today, I simply aimed to understand it, apply it, live it, and then pass it on in the realm of teaching. I studied with many leading yoga teachers spending much time in Mysore, India, while my training and ongoing personal practice has given me an intimate understanding of Asana, with specific expertise on how to teach it to others. My approach to Asana remains firmly rooted in tradition even as it goes beyond the confines of current Mysore Ashtanga. It serves as a solid base to explore and teach many from varied backgrounds. The essence of how to approach the Asanas is what I have learnt most from many years of long committed practice in Ashtanga. This essence can be applied and modified to suit each individual which I try to do with intelligence and truth.
I also have a very strong interest in health, and this is why I went to study Ayurveda (an ancient Indian medicine) which is helping people to get better saving lives for thousands of years. I treat people at my clinic trying to pass on the benefits of this natural medicine.