1. How did you find your way to yoga? There was a yoga school across the street from the jazz school I was attending as an undergraduate. Then I was invited by a friend to visit him at a yoga center. I visited him for 2 days. He convinced me to participate in a 10 day course called, “Quest For the Limitless You”. I did and stayed for 13 years! This was the original Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Summit Station, PA. In 1983 we moved the Kripalu community to Lenox, MA where the center is currently thriving.
2. What does your asana practice look like? What inspires you to practice? I do special kriyas, asanas, pranayamas, mantras, and mudras every morning. I also do a mini flow before bed to soothe myself. I try to practice at least a few times during the week in addition to morning and evening for a deeper practice. I also have a practice of puja or devotional offering that I do about once a week which I enjoy very much. I’m always working on yoga therapeutics and I try to keep my body strong and flexible.
3. What is your practice like off the mat? How do you live your yoga? I eat well and try to align with the natural rhythms of the day and the seasons. I also exercise regularly. I’m a masters swimmer on the Pace Makers Team of Great Barrington and I enjoy biking and xc skiing. My wife and I practice conscious relationship which involves communicating with love and listening to each other to work through issues when they arise. I also enjoy taking care of my house by keeping it clean and in good repair. I try to practice right livelihood and give to others from my heart. I practice kindness and compassion while not transcending or avoiding challenges. I just try to be myself which includes the full spectrum of being and all of the emotions, positive and negative. I believe that our humanity reflects our divinity. I try to embrace my light and shadow sides. My motto that I live by each day is: Everything in life is for my awakening.
4. What non-negotiable habits have you created for yourself to stay balanced and steady? I practice every day.
5. As a teacher, what unique gifts do you bring to your students? I teach to the heart of my students which allows them to love and accept themselves just as they are. This softens their heart and creates the environment for a true spiritual awakening where they recognize their true nature which is freedom and joy.
6. Who currently is inspiring you and your teaching? Who and how? I recently had an opportunity to sit in on a session taught by Dr. Joe Dispenza at Kripalu. He blends meditation with quantum physics and science. He uses my music behind his meditations. Here are two of his quotes: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” “Allow yourself to feel gratitude because gratitude is the ultimate sign of receivership.”