I Just noticed something: It’s been over 10 years since I started teaching yoga!
Now, that might not be a big deal to you, or a long time really, though to me: it is a great mile marker! To think, how far I’ve come, how much I’ve grown, how many classes I’ve taught and the thousands of people I’ve gotten to teach!
You might be wondering how I got started. Well, it all started when…. (cue dreamy memory music)…
I started practicing yoga in 2001-ish, a fuzzy time period with lots of drinking and smoking. I was a breakdancer at the time and a dancer friend introduced me to a couple of yoga postures. From the very first moment he had me close my eyes and breath in a particular way I felt that spark that I’ve been searching for a getting to know quite intimately ever since.
After a few years of practicing yoga primarily to enhance my dancing skills I went on a quest. I left the small town of Eugene, Oregon where I grew up to go on a solo road trip. I found myself in Sedona, Arizona where I took my first yoga teacher training at 7 Center Yoga Arts. Teachings that have stuck with me for the past ten years!
I was that 200-hour teacher training that was my biggest life change. I stopped drinking, smoking and all recreational drug use as well as cut out caffeine, sugar and meat. Other than diet and drug use I changed many of my lifestyle habits. I became a pure and clean yogi type. I became vegan shortly after. I felt the most clear I ever had in my life and I have continued down that path of self reflection and striving to better myself constantly ever since.
Though I did the training only for an immersion and a catalyst for change (not planning to teach yet): after the training I immediately started teaching! I also continued my studies though not just in yoga, also in in shamanism. I became an apprentice to a shaman wizard type of guy for a couple of months. Afterwards I went back to Oregon and moved to Portland. I found myself living in an all men’s spiritual community. It was there I found a daily practice with the emphasis on Pranayama, meditation and restorative yoga. This would balance out my active breakdancer lifestyle.
I got a job teaching yoga and dance at Portland Community College where I taught for 4 ½ years. I then traveled to Guatemala to further my studies of Yoga and shamanic healing. I did my first trip through India and many since, eventually finding my pranayama teacher. I started facilitating Yoga Teacher Trainings and have led them in the states, Peru, Guatemala and Bali.
I moved to Bali and have been here the past 3 ½ years. Most of you know me from teaching regular classes at the world renowned Yoga Barn in Ubud. Come visit! I would love to see you in class.
I travel only about 3 months out of the year. You might find me in your favorite local studio teaching a workshop or as a presenter at a festival near you. Otherwise, I am here in Bali, teaching at the Yoga Barn, loving life.
With a wide audience of international students, I am privileged to have large classes to share what I’ve learned. I have a few big things planned for 2018. Stay tuned for my next 200-hour teacher training (hint, it will be next March, 2018), as well as a Shamanic Breathwork Healing Immersion at the end of the year (which will include my teacher: Star Wolf).
Big things are in the making! As I look back, I see large mountains I’ve crossed, many passes overcome, and with many ups and downs. I’ve been annihilated and reborn a few hundred times these past tens years!
With much up ahead, I sit here in the present extremely grateful to who I am, and where I am right now.
Some questions I’ve been asking myself lately that helped me find some peace, that I pose to you now: What is your hero story? How can you find yourself a bit more intimately, and actually love whom you find? How can you fully realize where you are along your path, and truly love where you are? How can you see clearly where you are heading, and not attach to the outcome?
You are exactly where you are supposed to be. You will get to where you are going exactly when you are supposed to, and not a moment sooner. So relax, breathe, and be patient.