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After years of weightlifting — and enduring the tight shoulders, back pain and machismo that resulted — I was cornered, flogged and dragged by a friend to my first yoga class with the incomparable Maureen McGuire of Yale University. It was the most challenging thing I had ever done; yet, for the first time in my life, I experienced a sense of presence and ease. I floated out of that class a new man and, since then, I tossed (or rather gently put down) the dumbbells and never looked back. Ten years, three mats and thousands of downward-facing dogs later, I felt it was time to share my love of yoga with the world and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance through Black Dog Yoga in Los Angeles, California. My training is influenced by Iyengar as well as Vinyasa flow, and I marry these styles into a class that is dynamic, invigorating and downright fun. Using an eclectic mix of groovy music — and lots of breath, sweat and creative sequencing — my classes are supportive, physically challenging and spiritually inspiring. I have previously taught for Black Swan Yoga in Austin, Texas as well as AMDA, InYoga Center, lululemon athletica and Black Dog Yoga in Los Angeles. I also offer live, in-class recorded podcasts at AudibleYoga.com as well as individualized, private lessons throughout the Los Angeles area. Atha yoga anushasanam!