John is a practicing Yoga teacher and therapist in Little Rock, AR. He holds instructor and therapist diplomas from Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute in Maui, Hawaiši and a teaching certification from A. G. Mohan of Chennai, India in the same teaching lineage.
John has been a student of Yoga since 1971 and has been teaching almost full time since 1997. Over the years, John has practiced in several meditative and asana traditions and has been inspired by many gifted and dedicated teachers in the U.S. Since 1996 he has been digging a deep well in the teaching methodology often known as Viniyoga.
One of his evolving interests is the sound integration of Yoga with allopathic, complementary and alternatives therapies while preserving the classical personal growth, spiritual support and personal relationship foundations of Yoga. John regularly lectures on Yoga and Yoga therapy at allopathic institutions and co-taught the course on complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in 2002 and 2003. His articles for The International Journal of Yoga Therapy often have a policy perspective.
To continue his studies, John entered into extensive and extended teacher and therapist training with Gary Kraftsow in 1997. Teacher training alone was almost three years, with the therapist training another three. Kraftsow, a student of T.K.V. Desikachar for almost three decades, is the founder of the Maui School of Yoga Therapy, the American Viniyoga Institute and author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation. Desikachar is the son of Krishnamacharya and the founder of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Madiram in Chennai, India. The KYM is a leading Yoga teaching and therapy center in India. John continues his studies with Kraftsow and other senior teachers in this lineage. For several years he assisted Gary at Omega and Kripalu. Now, however, with the IAYT, John is looking forward to renewing his cultivation of a wide perspective on the "ocean of Yoga."
To complement his personal studies and his private therapeutic practice, John continues formal and informal studies in anatomy, physiology and Ayurveda. These include certification for Advanced Studies in A & P from the American Academy of Healing Arts in Little Rock and "Lectures and Lessons in Ayurveda" (correspondence) from the Ayurvedic Institute of New Mexico. He has sponsored several courses on anatomy and physiology for Yoga teachers and others interested in the movement arts. These classes are primarily for teacher education but also to support a sense of community among Yoga practitioners in different traditions.
John is a member
of the Yoga Alliance and is recognized as a Registered Yoga Teacher
at the higher level. He freely admits, however, that as minimal standards
the thresholds for RYT designation are low and rather "inclusive" compared
to most other professional designations and the certification requirements
of some Yoga traditions. Still, training as a Yoga teacher is difficult
to measure and there is nothing else comparable in the American Yoga
world. John served two years on the YA Finance committee in support
of the broader goals of the organization and the sincere efforts of