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Nothing speeds up our progress like having a teacher
Mold your training & programming around you
Variations & details to build longevity & Balance
Someone to hold you accountable in your practice
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU TEACH?
Good question, I get that a lot. I teach holistic wellness through, Yama System Yoga, functional conditioning, and mindfulness/journaling practice.
I learned all this work as one whole. Just as you can't hold up a severed head and convince me it's your new "friend." You also can't really train your body and mind separately without creating an imbalance. When I left my little bubble of living in a dojo and people that train holistically, full time. I noticed that people are busy and spend most of their time in a state of stress and imbalance. Thus now, to serve people better I started teaching things separately. Some are working all day thinking so they need physical, then others are laborers so stretching can help, and honestly, I have never met a human being that doesn't benefit from journaling and mindfulness, building emotional intelligence and awareness. Even the experts know they could always be better.
These things are much needed in our lives, so I love teaching them.
DO YOU TEACH IN PERSON?
Most of my 1 on 1 sessions are online now since covid. However, people do hire me for in person training. Mostly for film/TV or martial arts schools will bring me in, but you can always email me, and if I'm near you, let's train!
Also, many people put groups together, and I come out and work with them. I love doing that and meeting new practitioners. With COVID though, I drive and stay pretty safe. So sorry to my international friends till further notice.
WHAT CAN I LEARN ONLINE?
We can cover a lot online. The rule is: Personal/solo movement like YAMA, yoga, qigong, functional fitness, etc... Are all great online. As well as mindfulness & journaling work are really great.
We can do all those. That basically includes all the things on this site. We can even run the basic martial arts techniques. Stances, kicks, punches, and footwork. What we can't do online is integrate these techniques into stress. That's when you need to be in the room. It would be like learning to swim on your kitchen floor. It's just not the same as being in the water.
The benefits of learning online are:
You will connect fast to your inner teacher & self discipline
The lessons are more simple, and there is liberation in limitation
You will learn how to use technology as a tool for growth vs a way to distract & tune out
The distance will give you questions and questions help things get even more connected & personalized
WHY SHOULD I LEARN FROM YOU?
Oh wow... Feet to the fire!
I have been practicing for 40 years and have watched these practices evolve from services to businesses in that short time. I feel grateful to be one of the last generations that was able to train with the final generation of practitioners that used these arts to thrive in very extreme circumstances. I was also blessed with a very volatile and unique life, which usually leads to either a deep connection with practice, or well, other stuff.
I bring a lens of balanced creativity. This was never a career path for me, it is not an academic pursuit for me to "gain" reward or some advantage over anyone or anything. It was a way to live, expand, and be present.
I see fake masters and gurus pop up every couple of months. This work has always been a good filter for that weakness. I don't promise to give you things that only you can give to yourself. There is no pill or solution to nature, because nature doesn't have problems. It adapts and moves towards balance. I let you have your own experience, and challenge you to feel it without judgement. It's just feedback, asking you to adapt.
We live in a disconnected and overprivileged world that overthinks and intellectualizes things, and as a result we exist in paralysis and escapism. This means we are disconnected. Go into the ocean and when a wave comes, do you sit there thinking? Does the wave wait for you to decide? Does it care if you're having a good time?
life is waves, frequency is waves.
I have two rules for teaching and for when I train teachers:
You can only give what you own: Money can't buy skill, so I always ask teachers if they have paid for the skill they are trying to teach with time & energy. In my school many teachers ask to rent space, when I ask them to only give what they own and to teach me or some of my students, only one has followed through, and many of them have become students. I use this rule on myself as a way to make sure that the things I am sharing are things that are mine to give. Martial arts, wellness, and YAMA are very much my best friends in this world. The well is deep. Let's get creative.
Teaching is transmission: The lowest form of teaching is to stand or sit in front of a group and talk or tell them what to do. Again, we can only give what we own. Thus the act of transmitting is also a connection between you and your teacher. My job is to connect with people, to respect, and to see them. This is why so many isolated groups have opened their hearts to this work. From cops, to groups of refugees, women's circles, and celebrities. This connection allows safe space for creativity. I have made my career since age 13 through creativity & practical imagination with the tools that I own. Good teaching is bringing out what is already inside us. Then we can start adding later. I mean how many times have you run to Home Depot and then you see the super glue and think, "Do I have super glue back home?" You buy it anyway, then get home and there are 2 other unopened containers.