LYW: How/why did you come to Yoga? And when did you join the Live Yoga Wellness community?

JEFF: After many years of living in the material world, to excess, I found my way to Yoga after running the New York City marathon on a sprained ankle and ending up in a cast.  Making the decision to run, and not listening to my inner voice (spirit) was a physical, mental, and emotional surrender which directed me towards looking for more presence, balance, and spirit, which appeared in my life as Yoga.

In 2011 after first teaching an Iyengar yoga class on Saturday mornings, I began teaching Ayurveda workshops shortly thereafter, which I have been facilitating ever since. In 2019 we are introducing a set of two workshops for each season. The first workshop is a lecture and practice, and the follow-up workshop is a cooking class.



  •       Cost: $50 Ayurveda and Yoga: Individual Session
  •       Cost: $75 Ayurveda and Cooking: Individual Session
  •    Cost: $108 Ayurveda, Yoga and Cooking: Per Season

LiveYoga Wellness Lifestyle Health Theme: Nutrition and Prana/Energy

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LYW: How has yoga changed your life?

JEFF: I grew up in a time where doctors were considered Gods, and medication, money, and success were the solution and goal to happiness and health.   Finding Yoga literally opened up my body, mind, and spirit, and improved all aspects of my life firstly by improving my physical ailments, and then allowing me to find my inner self and achieve a foundation of spirit.  Additionally, without Yoga, I would not have found Ayurveda (Indian Holistically Medical System) which is the sister science of Yoga, and along with Yoga has turned into not only my livelihood but how I am of service to my fellows. With my background as a Cordon Bleu Chef, it was a natural transition to studying Ayurveda and sharing the lifestyle health benefits through yoga, nutrition and  energy.

LYW: Why do you love teaching yoga?

JEFF: As a yoga student, I sought out specific instructors, who helped me physically with my practice, and guided me on my path of understanding true spirit.  Not all students are for all teachers, and vice versa, and I believe that the students I teach today have gravitated to me because of what I have learned in general, and how to practice safely within our limits, on our path to awareness and balance.

LYW: How do you take your yoga into the world?

JEFF: I bring yoga into the world by the classes, workshops and retreats I teach, all of which stem from my Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish training.  All of these modalities are firmly based in Sankhya philosophy and the Yoga Sutras  with the aim of Samadhi (union of body, mind, and spirit).  These beliefs encompass moral and personal observances along with the physical practices which I strive to bring into the world.

LYW: What is your current practice or a recommendation and why?

JEFF: I found Yoga in 1989 when I was 44 years old, and arrived with certain limitations and injuries.  I found the Iyengar system of Yoga which is based in alignment and precision, and with its use of props has given me the education to get stronger, work within my limitations, and have a pretty rigorous practice today.  Also, developing a pranayama practice (controlled breathing) has been the most important addition to my daily life bringing more consciousness and presence by understanding how Prana encompasses our whole lives. ~ 310-339-8639 ~