Out of shape and sedentary due to severe lifelong allergies and asthma, John began practicing yoga at Flow Yoga in the Summer of 2010. Starting in his late 40’s and at the insistence of a podiatrist as supplemental physical therapy to help with foot and ankle injuries, John expected to practice just a couple of months. Instead, yoga became a passion that helped him recover from injuries, get into shape and improve his breathing dramatically. Encouraged by his teacher Kelli Audibert, he attended numerous master classes and workshops in Prana Flow with Maria Garre and eventually obtained his RYT 200 certification in Prana Flow yoga under the Shiva Rea Samudra Global School of Living Yoga with Andrew McAuley in 2014. John also attended a workshop with Shiva Rea in 2013 and a teacher training module in Universal Yoga with Andrey Lappa in 2012.
In the Summer of 2013, at age 50, John began studying Ashtanga yoga with Clifford Sweatte. Ashtanga is John’s primary practice and he currently studies with Tova Steiner, a KPJAYI Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga teacher. John has attended yearly Ashtanga workshops/retreats with David Williams since 2015, and an annual workshop with Angela Jamison, hosted by Tova Steiner, since 2016. John has also attended Ashtanga workshops/retreats with the following teachers: Kino MacGregor, Michael Gannon, Nancy Gilgoff, Manju Jois, Harmony Slater, Day Christensen and Bibi Lorenzetti. John believes that yoga has transformed him and that anyone can practice yoga and share in the benefits.