I aim to see, listen, feel, and think with one purpose and one alone: to understand - you and me, us and our relationship to the world, you and your body…
I identify as a teacher. It is my life’s work to share what I know so that others may grow. I’m 50 as of June 2019, and I’ve been teaching consistently since 1989-ish.
In corporate contexts, I've been helping executives solve problems since my first management consulting job out of grad school (MA in Critical Theory from Carnegie Mellon-University). I developed the first formal on-boarding training system and process for Yahoo!, and I spent much of the first wave of the dot com reality helping companies with their own training programs. I also did quite a bit of information architecture and business process engineering. What can I say? I like a challenge and also need to be in dynamic work environments.
I’ve written and delivered custom curricula for organizations as diverse as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture with subjects ranging from managing the effects of chronic stress to negotiation for need.
In both corporate and sex-positive contexts, I draw on the same body of knowledge, which is everything I've ever learned. That includes Vajrayana Buddhism, Esoteric Taoism, and myriad philosophical and sociological theories (thanks CMU). In 2009, I began teaching in sex-positive contexts, with special focus on mindfulness, communication, and ‘all the things’ from the point of view of the bottom/submissive.
I aim to find evidence-based backing for all I teach, particularly with regards to the management of chronic pain and other health conditions. Sometimes I’m not successful in finding evidence, and I teach a technique anyway - because I’m a rascal, and faith is a huge piece of healing for most people, even atheists like myself.
Regarding sex education…. I’ve been actively exploring BDSM for about 35 years now, and 100% of my interest in kink is specific to the exchange of power. I am uni-polar in that I am a bottom and a submissive. My sex-positivie curricula falls into three general areas of passion: Taoism and Intimacy, Communication, and Giving Voice to Bottoms and Submissives within the context of BDSM.
I also work with bodies in motion, primarily through multiple forms of yoga, which I’ve been teaching since 2002. I’m trained in both the Gosh and Krishnamacharya lineages from India, though I've been specialized almost exclusively in floor work since 2009, when I pivoted to Yin Yoga, teaching from a Taoist point of view.
Today, my public yoga classes are usually called Relax and Restore, and I draw on several movement modalities as well as yin and restorative yoga to help people find more space and freedom in their bodies.
My work is trauma-aware and trauma-informed. I’ve taught rape crisis counselors, people recovering from joint replacement surgeries, folks with multiple sclerosis, people living with PTSD, and humans experiencing a wide range of chronic ‘ouch’.
You’d be amazed how interconnected your pain is with your sex is with your relationships - regardless of how erotic or platonic those relationships are.
Join me in class, won’t you? We will have fun and maybe discover a thing or two.