I am a certified Iyengar yoga teacher based in Vancouver, British Columbia. I began studying yoga in the late 1990s and teaching in 2010. I added virtual classes in 2020, nudged into live streaming and distance learning by the coronavirus shutdown.
Although I am currently known primarily as a yoga teacher, I have worn other professional hats. I have a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and briefly practiced law. I am also a freelance writer and editor. I have been a Lonely Planet author since 2004 and have written a dozen books about the Hawaiian Islands, mainly Hawai‘i, where I grew up. My latest title is Hawai‘i the Big Island, 5th edition, which will be published in April 2021.
My various professions might seem divergent, but all require a mix of precision and creativity, compassion and objectivity. They are also complementary. Writing and editing are fundamentally solitary and internal—and appeal to the introvert in me. Yoga, while inwardly focused in practice, is outwardly driven in teaching. Iyengar yoga teaching in particular is highly collaborative and driven by words.
To communicate clearly and vividly. This is my objective as a writer, as an editor, and as a yoga teacher.