When a student expresses an interest in yoga, an interview with an instructor should be arranged to determine the appropriateness of the instructor for the student, and the student for the program. There should always be compassion and respect for all students. Competition in yoga is counterproductive to its goals. During the classes, an effort should be made to give simpler variations of positions to students with lesser ability or more advanced variations of postures to some students if they appear ready for them and if the flow of the class can be maintained.
A yoga teacher should be well-acquainted with a wide variety of spiritual work in both Eastern and Western traditions to be suited for teaching in the West. Additionally, the teacher should have experienced several career directions and a variety of life experiences that will equip him or her with the tools for understanding the stresses of the widest possible spectrum of human experience.
I am a certified practitioner of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. This is an alternative modality of psychotherapy which uses supported yoga postures, non-directive Rogerian dialogue, contemplation and meditation.
In the field of health club instruction and administration, I have trained many health club instructors and conducted classes in Hatha Yoga, weight training and calisthenics.
In June, 2004, I took my vows as an Interfaith Minister, ordained by The New Seminary in New York City. I am available for a full range of ministerial services, to include weddings, renewals of vows, baby blessings, memorial services, transitional rituals and other ceremonies.
I offer a number of workshops which relate and combine Yoga and music: Yoga for Musicians, Music Improvisation, Adults Returning to the Study of Music and other subjects.