I started practicing yoga when I was eighteen years old.Five years later, I made my first of many trips to India for deeper study. I needed to immerse myself into something. I was young and struggling with some physical challenges and pain but most acutely I felt the immense emotional pain and distress that I had known for most of my life. I was searching for myself. During my many extended stays in India I was able to grow my tolerance to what was coming up inside of me and to not turn away from the pain, physical or emotional. My practice taught me to meet whatever discomfort was there, to breathe into it, and to work with it. As counterintuitive as this sounded, when I did this, the pain shifted, and some new understanding always emerged. This process taught me about deep surrender, a lesson that has helped me to move beyond what I had previously believed to be my limitations.
In 1999 I began formal study of the classical source texts of Yoga and Tantra. The main focus of my work involved the integration of the practice of Yoga Nidra, a traditional meditation technique that provides us with the necessary tools we need to stay in contact with the sense of health and well being that is constantly within us. I use this practice as a foundation for my work because of its emphasis on the mind-body connection and the wholeness and ease that is always present.
My practices and my dearest teachers have helped model for me the true ease and authenticity that comes with the full understanding of who we truly are…beyond all of our pain and suffering.
This is the most valuable teaching I have ever been given, and my hope is to offer this to others as igt has been offered to me.