University of Texas

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish/Portuguese

Apprenticeship with Bekir Algan, Ph.D.

1999 – 2017
I apprenticed with Bekir Algan, co-founder of Austin Yoga, for 18 years. His teachings were influenced by studies in structural engineering, Iyengar yoga, Macrobiotics, Ayurveda, Continuum, Vedanta, Aikido, and the Sufi teachings of creating sparks in the hearts of kindred spirits. Classical and innovative design and use of props to effectively body-sculpt students.

In my studies with Bekir, I continue the journey of opening a well-protected heart, internally mapping the routes of my nervous system, honing in on subtle body sensations, and maintaining a state of active meditation.

My main studies have been supported by the phenomenal works of great yogis such as Patanjali, Svatmarama, Krishnamacharya, B.K.S. Iyengar, Jois, Scaravelli, Desikachar, Ghandhi as well as workshops with Senior Iyengar yoga teachers Gabriella Giubilaro, Ramanand Patel, Patricia Walden, Laurie Blakeney, Manuso Manos, and Joan White.

I give thanks to all of my teachers along the way!

Thank you for inspiring me and helping me get to where I am today.