In 1991-ish, I took a class on Asian Art History with Linda Penkower, and that changed my life. She introduced me to Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Taoism as world-views.
Reading the Tao Te Ching shattered all of my existing paradigms of reality. Lao-Tzu's exploration of the relationship between yin and yang, our relationship to nature, and our relationship to each other helped me to contextualize non-dualism in a way that worked for me.
Linda became my mother’s friend, remained my mentor for decades, and was an important part of our family until her death a few years ago. I share this, because the vast majority of people who were my Teachers are names you probably don’t know, and for some reason, yoga people seem to need ‘names’ in order to believe in another person’s training. So I shall share names here.
As the years after graduate school progressed, I started a physical (asana) practice in both the Ghosh and Krishnamacharya lineages from India. I began teaching asana in 2002 and have been specializing in integrating Taoist concepts with floor work (Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga) since 2007. I now am a teacher of teachers, sharing a non-dual approach to teaching with people interested in integrating my approach to their own teaching.
I've had opportunity to sit with and learn from Mantak Chia, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj , and sweat with a Medicine Man from the Pacific Northwest. I've also spent time with a Sufi, a Shik, a Pagan Healer, and even a Zen Priest.
My teaching, therefore, is not what is typically defined as yoga in America. I'm a bit of a universalist... I draw from these lineages as well as the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Stanislav Grof, George Gurdjieff, Carl Jung, Mister Rogers, and more.