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.