In the same way that a single sun reflects innumerable times in innumerable bowls full of water, so diversity is seen in the world.
But just as there are as many suns as there are bowls, so there are as many selves as there are conditions for their appearance.
I have done many things in my life and all have helped to shape who I am and what I do. I had a youth full of many missteps and detours. I then took a long path through academia where I studied creative writing, literature, and critical theory. I spent time at universities in Washington State, Maryland, and Washington DC. For some years, I taught composition at the George Washington University while working on my PhD.
Having long studied yoga philosophy and practice, I began to teach in 2007. My career in academia came to a close as I became a father and focused on raising my son. Now, I teach traditional Ashtanga yoga in Mysore style classes, as is done at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. I am a student of R Sharath Jois and do my best to teach as authentically as I am able. It is a driving principle of mine that all can come to study and practice yoga, regardless of age, ability, or injury.
I teach traditional Ashtanga yoga in Mysore style classes, with an emphasis on the use of asana as a tool for the latter limbs of yoga study. In other words, I stress the importance of using the physical practice to prepare for contemplative studies. With practice, bending the body will come and with time it will also go—but the deep rooted peace one can cultivate with a study of yoga, is timeless.
At Ashtanga San Diego we welcome all to come and begin the study of yoga. No special permission is needed, no interview, no screening process. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the great master of Ashtanga Yoga, emphasized that all may come to practice yoga and experience its benefits regardless of age, ability, or injury. If you are keen to learn yoga, then you are already the perfect student.
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