I was born and raised in Boulder Colorado. My father is Mexican-Catholic, and my mother is American-Jewish. My cultural and racial mix has helped me to know that there are many ways to see the world. I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese and I’ve learned how to think and communicate differently with each of these languages.
As a young woman my mother learned yoga from Islamic Sufis, and although she identifies strongly as Jewish, she is more of a yogi then anything else. I didn’t receive a religious education, but I would sometimes attend synagogue and mass where I always felt like I was watching from the sidelines. As a teenager I took an interest in Buddhism, and for part of my university years I traded the college dorms for a Korean-Zen boarding house.
When I was a young child, my mother collected government welfare support, and then as a young adult I attended Yale to study political philosophy. I’ve lived the lifestyle of the world super-elite and I’ve also blended into Brazilian favelas and lived hand-to-mouth for much of my early adulthood. Today, although I don’t possess wealth, I feel that I have access to everything I could ever desire.
I became interested in yoga as a high school athlete at the age of 17. I used yoga to condition myself to play baseball and American football. I didn’t expect to stick with yoga as I have, but the fact is I have never been able to put it down for long. I keep practicing because it feels good. I’ve always been a physical person, so while I was in school I used yoga as a diversion from all the intellectual stimulation. After University I lived in Brazil for several years and it helped me to stay injury-free as I explored martial arts. For many years yoga was in the background and it served as support for the other things I was interested in.
Then in 2001, I attended Bikram’s Yoga College of India teacher training, and my priorities flipped. Yoga was placed in the foreground and I became very excited about exploring the depths of the physical yoga practice. In 2005, I became the 1st male champion of the Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup, an international yoga asana championship. Since then I’ve been conducting yoga workshops, retreats, and trainings, all around the world.
In 2006 I began to study A Course In Miracles, and Egyptian Mysticism. These studies have helped me to understand and apply the Spiritual and philosophical parts of yoga.
Among my accomplishments, I’m proud to say I’m a founding board-member of USA Yoga and the International Yoga Sports Federation, the creator of Jedi Fight Club, and creator of the e84 Teacher Training Diploma Program. I studied the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira for over 10 years, and I’m a student of Egyptian Mysticism to this day, making frequent trips to Egypt.
My family has owned and operated a Bikram yoga studio in Boulder, Colorado since 1994.
One of my favorite things in life is being the father of 11-year-old Osiris.
My yoga studies and explorations, along with an innate calling, have made it clear to me that the purpose of life is spiritual and not material. I don’t have any material goals for my life. I’m on a journey of Self-revelation and discovery through yoga, relationships, reflection and inquiry. It’s my honor and privilege to share these things in all the work I do. Please join me.
If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to get in touch.