“My path has been one of syncretism. I allow it all to inform my teaching and my art. My childhood up until college was spent as a musician. I found yoga at the age of 15. I would spend hours after school in my room practicing from an Iyengar Yoga book. The flexibility and body control gained, created the space for me to have a competitive gymnastics career. This combined with a background in pageantry opened the doors to a professional dancing/entertainment career. After a knee injury that would later require surgery, I found myself using yoga as a therapeutic tool. This new approach brought a new depth and dimension to my practice. “Yoga became a tool for regeneration and recovery. The next ‘right’ thing for me to do was share this technology through teaching it.” ~Yogiji
Yogiji’s professional career includes productions like Disney’s Broadway hit musical, The Lion King in Los Angeles. Directed by Julie Taymor, winner of two Tony Awards, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes in Chicago’s Goodman theater and Eurovision Song Contest. In 2012 Yogiji was flown to Europe to work with a private client. Living abroad teaching in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark and India until 2018 when Yogiji moved stateside.
Featured in YogaWorks’ DVD series, his yoga teaching experience spans from working with children and stay-at-home moms to high profile executives, celebrity clientele and being hired to consult clients internationally. Yogiji continues to appear in films, television, and videos while teaching yoga, facilitating Ahava Yoga Teacher Trainings throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia and continues to consult clients in lifestyle management.