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10 07, 2019

Follow Your Path: Become an Ashaya Yoga Teacher

By |July 10th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

I once met a man working at a yoga retreat center. He was folding a huge pile of blankets, one after another, and humming to himself. I paused to chat with him for a moment and expressed my sympathy about the tedious task he was engaged in. Folding blankets is boring and time-consuming. No one would volunteer for that job. He paused, looked me in the eye, and said, “But that’s the yoga.”

I walked away from the encounter humbled. This man had found his dharma, his purpose in life, at the yoga center and folding blankets so that others could learn was part of it. He didn’t think he was wasting his time, and he didn’t mind doing it because he knew it was all in service of his dharma.
Dharma is what gives our lives meaning.
I found my purpose many years ago, when I stepped on my first yoga mat. As I went through the series of positions that the instructor was offering, I knew that I would become a yoga teacher and share the keys to a blissful, purpose-filled life with others. Since that day, I have cultivated a deep personal yoga practice, doing poses, taking time for meditation, and seeing the beauty in the world around me.  In time, I created Ashaya Yoga, a heart-centered, alignment-focused way of offering all that I’d learned to others. Now I want to share it with you.
Have you found your purpose in life?
The Bhagavad Gita says, “It is better to do your own duty badly than to perfectly do another’s.” I invite you to discover your dharma at my upcoming 200-Hour Teacher Training, beginning in September at Boston University’s Tanglewood institute in Lenox, Massachusetts.

In this training, you […]

2 07, 2019

Kula – Community of the Heart

By |July 2nd, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

You become the company you keep. So keep good company.” – Dr. Douglas Brooks

I was a good kid growing up but I got involved with the wrong crowd.
In high school I was a serious student, played the piano for school choir and musicals, and got decent grades. That is… until I began hanging around with friends who valued partying, resisting authority, and breaking the rules. This got me into a lot of trouble.
My health declined and I started to feel burned out and exhausted. I had a bad attitude, my grades began to slip, and I was unhappy.
I knew I needed to change something.
I rededicated myself to my music. I started studying with a university professor and practiced 6 hours a day. I entered a regional competition and won for the first time. I was ecstatic. This led to a career in music, which eventually led me to yoga.
I was heavily influenced by those friends; I don’t blame them or myself. I take full responsibility for my actions and decisions. But I’m aware now that I wasn’t living in a vacuum.

We are all influenced by the people who surround us.
When I transitioned from jazz to yoga, I had to let go of my jazz friends. I remember my jazz buddies calling me every night to go club hopping in Miami to hear all of the hot new bands. Once I starting practicing yoga, I just couldn’t tolerate the nightclub lifestyle – the late nights, smoky clubs, alcohol, and sometimes drugs.
After a while my jazz friends stopped calling me.

I had to change friends in order to change my life.
The great thing was this: although I lost […]