In New York City, I couldn’t get enough of exploring the different styles and methodologies. My path towards one-pointed focus was multi-faceted – Bikram, Kundalini, Jivamukti, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin – I loved all of it. The more I practiced, the more I began to witness the foundations of my being starting to shift. A call of becoming a teacher started to call out to me, yet I knew, deep down, I needed to invest further into my own maturity before offering the practice to others.
Some years later, at 29 years old, my life’s path took me to India to begin a new life. The opportunity to become a certified teacher in India presented itself once again. This time, I would heed the call.
I began my studies at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, founded by the late Shri Yogendra Chowk, in hopes of attaining my basic instructor certification. Post graduation, I began work immediately on pursuing my advanced certification.
While the length of the program was three times as long as the initial program, I was giddy with excitement to dive deep into studies and practice.
It was in the advanced program where I met my Guru, Harold Sequiera, and his wife, Promil Sequiera.
Harold and Promil, who were both very close to Yogendraji, were instrumental in crafting my perspective and intellect. Their profoundly experienced insight guides me everyday.
The following year, I went to Mysore to study with Yogacharya Bharath Shetty of IndeaYoga Dhama. Bharatji’s experience working directly with BKS Iyengar for over a decade was a priceless gift. After the culmination of three certifications, I was finally ready to share my experience with the world.
Sharing the practice of Yoga goes way beyond correcting triangle pose or telling someone to, relax over and over. A deep connection takes place between student and teacher. It’s subtle, yet palpable. We evolve together; learning to surrender to ourselves and the powers that govern all life. While I may be a certified teacher, I will be a forever student of the practice. For as a student, one is always learning and growing.