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.
This season Mysore classes at Ashtanga Lanka will begin on December 22, 2019 and continue to February 8, 2020.
For more information and to register please email: firstname.lastname@example.org