Jacob Handwerker Bio:
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." --quoted from 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.