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 the pinnacle of the Yoga traditions, Kashmir Shaivism.
My teaching is also informed by:
- Classical Yoga’s foundational wisdom
- Vedanta and the direct path to pure awareness
- the mystical core of Christianity and other paths of the heart: the Hindu Bhakti tradition and Sufism
- Taoism’s wisdom on effortless action from a still center of being
- Buddhism’s wisdom and practices for mitigating suffering
- what Lex Hixon referred to as “the open space” beyond all the great traditions
- 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.
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.
I also include among my most important influences: Rupert Spira, Teacher of nonduality; Eckhart Tolle, Teacher of presence; Llewellyn Vaughn Lee, Sufi Teacher; and Lex Hixon, Teacher of diverse traditions and the “open space” beyond all religions and traditions.
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.