John was first exposed to yoga as a child in the late 1960s and dabbled with it sporadically over the next two decades. In the early 1990s he commenced a regular practice predominantly in the Mysore style of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, participating in workshops and training programs under such luminaries as Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Eoin Finn, Sadie Nardini and Matt Giordano. Additionally, he spent many years under the tutelage of Andee Frizzell.
John is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) with Yoga Alliance and is currently simultaneously enrolled in two separate 300 hour advanced teacher training programs. The first under Amrit Institute Senior Teacher Hasu Marney Coulter, an initiate of the Kripalu Lineage, at Yoga by the Sea (an affiliate of the Amrit Method of Training). The second under Eoin Finn of The Blissology Yoga School. In addition, he is participating in a Meditation Teacher Training program under the guidance of Padma Shyam, a disciple of Swami Shyam.
His philosophy is that the microcosm of the mat is a reflection of the macrocosm of one’s life. “Our life experiences will manifest on the mat and what we cultivate on the mat will ultimately seep into our everyday life.”
He believes that yoga is a gift that provides each participant the opportunity to find harmonious balance in all aspects of life.