When I was five years old my parents enrolled me in a kid's yoga program in New York City.  It took 20+ years for me to find yoga again. After trying different classes for a while a friend suggested I try a "mysore" class.   That was in October of 2005 and there was no looking back.  I knew right away this was the practice for me.  

I have experienced many positive changes since then and I'm excited to share this powerful and transformational practice with you.

My primary Ashtanga teachers have been Kathy Cooper & Richard Freeman.  
In 2008 I was a work trade student at Ashtanga Lanka and Kathy Cooper was the resident teacher.   We spent 7 seasons together in Sri Lanka and for 5 years I assisted her with the Mysore classes.  

"Jacob has been my student for 10 years and assisted me at AshtangaLanka for five seasons.  He and I are in complete alignment concerning the practice.  He has wise hands and a compassionate outlook."    --- Kathy Cooper

 In the summer of 2015 I attended Richard Freeman's one month Teacher Intensive.  Studying with Richard, and his wife Mary was a powerful and eye opening experience.  Richard has a creative and insightful way of explaining the practice and it's subtle nuances.   I hope that I can help spread some of his wisdom in my teaching.
I have also made multiple trips to India to practice.  A few years ago I also had the wonderful opportunity to spend a month studying "Yoga Mudras" with B.N.S. Iyengar one on one.  The 20 Mudras I learned combine a specific asana with a certain pranayama technique.   Mr. Iyengar had colorful stories to go along with each mudra.  This was a memorable experience I will never forget.
In addition to Ashtanga I am a certified AcroYoga teacher.  AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of Yoga, the loving-kindness of Thai Massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics.  This practice helps people connect to themselves and to one another.   I have been sharing the joy of flying with people since 2007.  For more information click HERE.
Lastly, I am a Vipassana meditator.  I believe that Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana meditation are like two wings of a bird.  When both are nourished tremendous power, grace, and compassion are developed.