I've been teaching yoga for over 20 years and martial arts for another 7 years beyond that. I have a biology degree from Georgetown with minors in fine arts and eastern philosophy. I hold a martial arts instructorship in Jeet Kune Do, two yoga certifications, and two personal training certifications. I own and operate yogaraj in West LA and Mountain Sol Yoga in Mammoth, and act as director of teacher training at both studios. I wrote a highly-rated weight loss and nutrition book called “Your Fat: What it is, where it comes from, and how to get rid of it,” and I am honored to be a brand ambassador for Manduka and a legacy brand ambassador for lululemon.
Those are my “stats,” so to speak, if that interests you.
What is most interesting to me is that with the help of Bryan Kest and many other really amazing instructors over the years I have found that nothing is a bigger catalyst for positive change than the committed, regular practice of sitting at the center of your own undivided attention. This experience, more than anything, is what I hope to share with you.
Whether or not you decide to come see me at yogaraj, I wish you well in the development of your practice. There are so many great instructors out there that can help guide you as you explore yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Keep at it. You’ll be amazed at what you are capable of the more you learn to just get out of your own way.
Yoga is arguably the best thing you can do for yourself in terms of complete fitness. In very few places can you get the blend of strength, endurance, flexibility, cardio, balance, power, and fine fiber coordination that you get in yoga. You work and release almost every muscle in your body through every range of motion possible. You do it all with zero shock on your joints and all you really need to get it done is a three-by-six-foot piece of floor. As a mode of physical exercise yoga is really hard to beat. The beauty of it is that yoga offers so much more.
Yoga picks you up. It calms you down. It keeps you honest. It teaches you that your smile will always be way more attractive than your abs, but it helps with the abs too. Yoga heals. It shows you peace, which makes it a lot easier to share peace with everybody else. It cultivates resilience and illustrates the power of pairing patience with persistence. Yoga lifts your spirit, opens your heart, sharpens your mind, nourishes your body, and provides a much needed training ground for the everyday trials of being human.
As a vehicle toward overall optimal health, yoga is without competition. If you haven't already tried it, what are you waiting for?
If you’ve never taken class with me before, I’d love to meet you.