I'm happy to share with you my story, my approach to teaching and my personal journey in becoming a yoga teacher.
I came to yoga during a very difficult time in my life. I suffered a severe mental breakdown in 2008 during my career as an electrical engineer. I had reached a point in my life where the pains of my past could no longer be hidden or stay quiet anymore. My therapist recommended yoga as part of my healing. My first several months with yoga were spent simply learning how to breathe again. As I began to explore the postures I was able to manage and overcome depression and anxiety. I came to understand the importance of the health of the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
I find that yoga integrates well with my personal faith and keeps me grounded. I received my 200 hour yoga teacher certification through North Texas Yoga and I am registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT200 (over 1000 hours teaching). I am a member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) as I believe that yoga offers great tools to promote healing and recovery. In 2015 I sought out Camella Nair for instruction in the art and science of aqua yoga. With the support and blessing of AquaFit, Camella came to Texas to train me and several others in Aqua Kriya Yoga in the Kriya Yoga tradition. I do love being in and around water; I love how the water environment lulls me into a stillness and comfort where I can simply be and listen to the Divine. Water is truly a blessing.
In late April and early May of 2018 I began my studies in the Viniyoga tradition with the American Viniyoga Institute. I find that the breath-centric approach to asana in this tradition to be quite powerful and I am looking forward to the breadth and depth of knowledge that will be shared in the other tools of yoga besides just asana. My next modules will include further study on pranayama (breathing practice), chanting and meditation.
I received my degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and served for 7 years as an engineer for Raytheon in Dallas. Interestingly, I find that this background and way of looking at the world assists me in how I help people in their bodies. The human body is truly an engineering marvel. I feel very honored to be called to serve my community now as a yoga teacher. As I teacher, it's my goal to help students find a sense of joy, steadiness and ease not just in yoga class but in their entire life and being.