I love to travel so I can learn about different ways of life to incorporate into my own. California gave me a love of fun. Arkansas taught me respect for the environment. Kenya gave me resilience. Scandinavia, simplicity. And New Zealand revealed my moxie. Throughout my travels, yoga has been a constant companion, a strategy to help me keep my bearings when everything around me is new and different.
As a teacher of yoga for more than 20 years, I've discovered how much I love to help students find new ways of being in their bodies and their lives.
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You know the type: fond of fonts, Foucault and the Oxford comma, when it fits the brief. As a writer (of software manuals and screenplays), I rely on yoga, meditation and qigong to silence the inner critic and guide my efforts to transform feelings, images and impressions into words on the page. Beyond these practices, which also counterbalance my weight training and running, I count among my passions the mighty kumara, all things Scandinavian and instructing Hawk in the ways of the Force.
Living on the rough rocky south coast of Wellington with my wife and two cat companions, I’m often exhilarated looking across Cook Strait to the distant South Island mountains, and by this sky, sea, land and wind.
I’ve long been fascinated by the question of what it is to be human, studying anthropology and cognitive science. Once a systems engineer and management consultant, I’ve been practising and studying the cultures of movement and meditation since 1999, and now pursue full time my love of learning and teaching.
I love exploring diverse cultures and their healing arts. Yet it is the completeness of Traditional Chinese Medicine—how it strives for harmony and balance of not only the body but also the mind and spirit—that inspired me to spend four years studying TCM to degree standard at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Now a teacher there, I want to share my skills and knowledge to help others get healthy and stay healthy in every way.
Breaking my leg while ice-skating might be the best thing that ever happened to me. My rehab program sparked an enduring interest in the mystery of the human body, cured me of my fear of the gym and led me to bellydance (one of the loves of my life) and a fascination with posture and alignment. I might have been an astronomer, a paleoanthropologist or a translation theorist, but as a movement teacher I feel blessed to help my students find their strength, confidence and happiness.
The legends are not, on the whole, true. I was not, as some whisper, created by an alien intelligence in an Eastern European laboratory (underground, of course), nor was I one of the seven founding Knights of Armoria. Everyone knows there were only four of us in that order.
What is unequivocally true is my passion for learning and sharing technical knowledge, especially when it comes to the nitty-gritty of postural alignment. With patient observation and diligent practice, you can make remarkable changes in your body.
I love farmers’ markets, surfing and riding my bicycle around. I try not to miss a sunset; gardening and cooking are my meditation. When I travel, I enjoy visiting local yoga studios; there is always something new to learn.
Yoga has been part of my life for over 10 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless. I like sharing my knowledge with my students, hoping that they step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced. I love seeing them smile.
I'm a yoga and meditation teacher with a 200-hour contemplative teacher training certificate from AllYoga New York and 10 years of practice. I'm interested in the way tech influences our bodies and lives, and seek ways within my classes to unwind the tensions it causes so we can exist in harmony with all this digital stimuli. I enjoy practicing hatha and kundalini yoga, and love to share the awesome tools these traditions have taught me.