For me, yoga means moving consciously through life, and making decisions that are evolutionary. It means dancing through every element of life, and recognizing every event as your teacher. I have been practicing and teaching yoga for over 14 years. I have studied Bikram, Ashtanga, Kundalini and Bhakti yoga, and combine some of these styles in my practice. My style of power yoga combines intensively physical, psychological and spiritual elements.

I began my journey into the body at the early age of six, when I was introduced to tennis. I went to UC Berkeley on a tennis scholarship and faced the possibility of turning professional. But something was missing. I loved the physical challenge of tennis and the release that it provided, but was not enamored with the strong emphasis on competition. Internally dissatisfied with this element, I made an immediate and lifelong commitment to yoga when I took my first class during my sophomore year.

Yoga felt strangely familiar to me. Applying the discipline of 16 years of competitive tennis to my yoga practice, I took to the physical intensity, but was even more deeply moved by the psychological and spiritual dimensions embodied in the practice. I was teaching within a year. This path took me to India to travel and study with Ammachi, considered by many to be a living saint. I lived and traveled with Amma for 6 months in southern and northern India, and on that journey had indescribable healing experiences of self-discovery. When I returned to Los Angeles I studied Kundalina Yoga with the intention of returning to India. That plan changed when I met Bryan Kest and was introduced to Power Yoga. I have found the home of my dharma at Bryan Kest’s Santa Monica Power Yoga, in Santa Monica, California, where I currently teach most of my weekly classes.

Years ago, I began studying the Veda (ancient Indian knowledge) and the practice of Nishkamkarma yoga (meditation). I have studied meditation extensively with both Thom Knoles and Deepak Chopra and am trained and certified to teach Deepak’s meditation technique known as Primordial Sound Meditation. Yoga and meditation are sister sciences and are inseparable. For me, a complete practice includes them both.