It’s been twelve years since I started my deep dive in the formal study of Yoga philosophy. I am still on fire for the wisdom of Yoga, especially for the View, texts and practices of Shaivism (or Tantra). I also embrace:
- The mystical heart of Christianity and other paths of the heart – the Hindu Bhakti tradition and the essence of Sufism.
- Vedanta and direct path practices for becoming familiar with one’s true, deep Self.
- Taoism’s wisdom on effortless action from a still center of being.
- Buddhism’s foundational wisdom and practices for mitigating suffering.
- Secular meditation and mindfulness practices which increase our intimacy with our own awareness.
- The growing body of rigorous scientific research that shows how meditation changes the brain.
- This question…
What would love do?
My primary Teacher – of meditation, nonduality, and the philosophy of Yoga and Tantra (Kashmir Shaivism and Shaktism) since 2008 – is Sally Kempton. I love – and share – Sally’s playful, pragmatic, experimental approach to meditation. I also appreciate her impulse to steer clear of dogmatism. The advice she recently shared is: Take this paradigm and any paradigm with a grain of salt.
Ultimately the important thing is to cultivate and expand our awareness. We can accomplish this in any number of ways including via a secular exploration of the nature of awareness. In my teaching, my intention is to share what’s useful.
What helps us go deeper in meditation? Live skillfully? Suffer less? Experience more peace, beauty, joy, love and wonder?
I have also studied philosophy and mediation deeply with these world-class Teachers:
Bill Mahony, Vedanta, Bhakti Yoga, Kashmir Shaivism
Paul Muller-Ortega, Kashmir Shaivism (Workshops and The Siva Sutras)
Chris Wallis, Shaivism
Chris Tompkins, Shaivism
Mark Dyczkowski, Kashmir Shaivism
Carlos Pomeda, Overiew and History of Yoga, Vedanta, The Bhagavad Gita and The Bhakti Sutras, Patanjali’s Classical Yoga, Kashmir Shaivism and Kundalini Yoga
Rudrani Farbman Brown, Origins of Yoga, Vedanta, Classical Yoga and Kashmir Shaivism
As part of an independent study on mindfulness, I immersed in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, with Florence Meleo-Meyers and Saki Santorelli, and Power of Awareness, with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Yoga As A Healing Modality
Advanced trainings include:
“Yoga for Osteoporosis” and “Yoga for Back Pain” with Dr. Loren Fishman
Yoga4Cancer with Tari Prinster
“Yoga As Medicine” with Dr. Timothy McCall
Anatomy and Therapeutics, Ellen Saltonstall
“Working with Difficult Emotions and States” with Sally Kempton
“The Essence of Buddhist Psychology” with Jack Kornfield
“Tantric Psychology” with Chris Wallis
Original Anusara Yoga Teacher Training
My original yoga training and certification (2007 – 2008) was in alignment-oriented Anusara from World Yoga Center with Rudrani Farbman Brown and Jackie Prete. Read about how I became a meditator as part of this in-depth yoga training.