Andrew was introduced to yoga in 2012 through his colleges Bhakti Yoga club, led by a group of monks teaching the yoga of devotion. Their practices of chanting and singing mantras, and studying philosophy helped satisfy a growing urge to understand himself and his spirituality. Though he continued exploring many practices, the devotion to yoga stuck. Vipassana meditation became the foundation of his practice after attending his first silent course, and its emphasis on awareness and equanimity has shaped his approach to yoga and to living. Over the last few years he has studied many styles of yoga, focusing on the classical Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions, and taking workshops and retreats around the US and India.
In spring 2016 Andrew completed his 200hr teacher training through Moksha Yoga Center while teaching and studying at Stonehouse Farms retreat center for two summers. Working continuously to explore and integrate yoga and meditation into his life, he has seen it bring immense physical, mental, and spiritual growth. Andrew strives to teach accessible, alignment based classes rooted in classical yogic tradition in order to share yoga’s countless benefits with all of his students.
I love teaching yoga, it has so many spiritual, mental-emotional and physical bennefits. Teaching to a wide range of students has allowed me to discover ways of applying to practice to fit many different needs, and to help so many people. I have taught students with limited mobility and disabilities in theraputic setting, incarcerated youth and adults who need outletts for trauma, tension and aggression, students looking to learn the deeper aspects of the practice such as pranayama, meditation and theory, and many people just looking to relax or get a well rounded workout.
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Identifying the students intention for practicing yoga, their past experience with yoga, physical limitations including injuries or pain. Then working through sequences of appropriate poses, correcting alignment and encouraging students to listen to their own bodies during the practice. Teaching meditation, pranayama, energetics, and theory/philosophy of yoga if desired.
-200hr teacher training certification through Moksha Yoga Studio in Chicago, IL
-2 years working at a yoga retreat center, taking workshops and retreats nearly every weekend
-2 years practicing and studying the ashtanga yoga system, inlcuding a trip to Mysore India
-Theraputics apprenticeship with senior Iyengar teacher Gabriel Halpern
-Dozens of weekend workshops, retreats and intensives with master yoga teachers.
Prices based on $1 per minute, discounted for longer times.
full hour: $60
1.5 hours: $80
2 hours: $100
By being a dedicated student. I moved to a yoga retreat center where I could study more in depth. While living there I took teacher training and began asisting and eventually teaching classes to retreat guests and offering public classes to the local area. Later I taught around Chicago and surrounding area at yoga studios, fitness clubs, shops, prisons, and a hospital.
Complete beginners to advanced students and everywhere in between. I have worked with students with disabilities, injuries, physical limitations, students recieving therapy, incarcerated youth and adults, friends, family, older and younger students.
Students in my youth yoga program at the Illinois dpartment of juvinille justice are generally the most challenging group to teach, as yoga isnt cool to incarcerated teenage boys, but finally after many sessions students started having fun with trying new poses and even thanked me for helping them relax.