It’s not about me. Seriously. It’s not. It’s about you and how you incorporate these practices into you daily life. It’s about cultivating your spiritual self-sufficiency. No one can do it for you, but with your sincere bhakti, the application of effective practice techniques and the prudent application of self-pacing, you will come to trust the guru that’s inside of you. The best spiritual teacher is the one who shows you that the teacher is no longer necessary. That said, here is a little bit about my background to give you some insights into how I have come to this point on my path.
I began my spiritual journey in earnest over 10yrs ago following the death of my father. My desire to uncover the nature of existence lead me to take up a daily meditation routine. Over the ensuing years, I practiced Buddhist Anapanasati, Sufi Light and Christian Contemplative Prayer meditation techniques. In 2006, after reading Autobiography of a Yogi, I joined Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), and after undertaking the SRF curriculum was initiated as a Kriya Yogi.
Despite daily practice of Kriya Yoga, my spiritual sadhana still felt incomplete. In 2008, I was blessed to discover Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP), which provides a complete and integrated system of spiritual practices incorporating all of the Eight Limbs of Yoga described in the Yoga Sutras. I resonated deeply with AYP’s simple, “plain English”, no-nonsense instructions on some of the most powerful spiritual practices available. Since then, I have been diligently studying AYP and maintaining a steady, twice-daily practice routine involving asanas, advanced pranayama, deep meditation and samyama. After experiencing the joy of rising inner silence and the ecstatic flow of divine energy in myself, I feel compelled to share this knowledge with others.
I am grateful for the inspiration and insights I have received on my journey from many spiritual luminaries including Yogani, Paramahansa Yogananda, Thich Nhat Han, Frs. Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating, Fr. Anthony de Mello, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Irina Tweedie, Amma, Ramana Maharshi and Sri Nisargadatta.