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Sunset in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert, Botswana.

I am a Toronto-based ashtanga yoga teacher.

In 2002, my wife Rachelle and I founded Ashtanga Yoga Shala Toronto and taught a daily Mysore program until August 2013. We have closed our Shala. We are now leading workshops and retreats as well as teaching pre-registered private and small-group classes.

We have found a teaching niche helping people with home practices maintain an ashtanga practice while balancing the other responsibilities in their lives.

Once upon a time, we had four cats, but they have passed away. Here are some pics of them. After a year of without a cat, we adopted a kitten. His name is Oliver and he’s a great pal.

On the subject of yoga, I took my first yoga classes in 1995 and became a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga after a short period of experimenting.

In late 2000, Rachelle, my wife, and I made our first trip to Mysore, India.  Since, we’ve returned almost annually to continue our studies with Guruji and now, Sharath.

Holi Colour

Rachelle and I received authorization to teach the Ashtanga method in 2004 and were members of the first group to receive Level 2 Authorization in July 2009.

Pre-yoga, I completed a B.A. in History at the University of Michigan (1991) in Ann Arbor followed by an M.A. in  History at the University of Toronto (1993).

If anyone’s interested, my master’s thesis was entitled “Film Production in Francophone Africa.”  Whilst in graduate school, I also wrote two other massive papers. One was on the evolution and redefinition of political identity over time as disenfranchised groups mobilized and the fusion of film and politics in Tamil Nadu, India.  The other was focussed on the rural-urban dichotomy in Nigeria’s post-colonial development planning and how it mirrored the colonial-metropolitan exploitative arrangement in a way that favoured urban areas despite the country’s rural majority. It was fun while it lasted but the academic life wasn’t for me.  Too lonely and too few people who would be interested in what I was doing.

I also completed an M.F.A. (2000) at the American Film Institute as a film editing fellow. I had spent a little time working in the film industry in Toronto, but not a lot.  I really wasn’t crazy about life on set, but loved the movies and found myself heading into post-production.  However, while in Los Angeles attending AFI, I started practicing yoga with Noah Williams and the rest is history.

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