I’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to practice with, learn from and strike personal friendships with so many great Ashtanga teachers. Rameen, Jeff and Harmony Lichty, Mark Darby and Tim Miller come to mind immediately but there are so many more. I was also fortunate enough to spend a couple weeks practicing pranayama with Sri O.P. Tawarri. I can hear the words of all my teachers coming out of me when I teach and in my head when I practice.
I became aware of the holistic qualities of Ashtanga yoga both the physically and mentally very early in my practice. It has served me very well in the last 15 years. I have the student venture inwards by focusing on breath and bandhas making the practice a moving meditation. So many people get so fixated on posture and wanting to get posture that they forget or never learn of the meditative side of the practice. In the words of Pattabhi Jois, “Ashtanga yoga is not the practice of asana, it is the practice breath.”
On a more personal side, I was blessed to be born and raised in Banff and have lived here my whole life. I love spending time in the mountains with my wife and family no matter what the season.
Special shout out to Jacqui Cain, Nicole Beaudry, Mindy Johnstone and Jeff Mah for believing in me as a teacher.