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 return to a yoga class.  After some searching I stumbled into a Mysore class in the fall of 2005 and there was no looking back.  I had found the practice for me.  I have experienced many positive changes in my life and I am excited to share this powerful and transformational practice with you.

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

 

"Jacob has been my student for 8 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 Teacher Intensive in Boulder, CO which was a very rewarding experience.   Studying with Richard and his wife Mary was a powerful and opening experience.  Richard has a creative and insightful way to explaining the practice and it's subtle nuances.   I hope that I can help share some of his wisdom in my teaching.
 
 
I have also made multiple trips to India in the past few years.   I have practiced with Ajay Kumar in Mysore and Kamal Singh in Rishikesh.   A few years ago I also had the wonderful opportunity to spend one month studying "Yoga Mudras" with B.N.S. Iyengar  mostly one to one.    This was basically a workshop that combined asana and pranayama.   The 20 "mudras" I learned combined a specific asana with a 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 for more than 10 years.  For more information visit www.acroyoga.org
 
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.