I was born in Brisbane Australia but spent the most part of my life further south in Melbourne. Here I studied nursing after completing school and worked in all areas of the Austin Hospital before realising I needed to follow my true passion of chiropractic. Although I have a deep respect for medicine and all it can offer, the desire to assist the body's innate wisdom to heal itself resonated more with my beliefs in health.
After graduating both chiropractic and clinical science I practiced for a year in Melbourne before being offered a position in Jakarta, Indonesia to launch chiropractic in the city. This was an amazing opportunity I fully embraced but after a year and a half I could feel the intense work schedule and pressures of city life pulling me away from my other passion of yoga.
I had first discovered Ashtanga yoga in Miami in 1999 and had a very sporadic practice up until 2004 when I moved back to Melbourne from Jakarta and began a dedicated practice. This included coming to Samahita Retreat with my wife Karen, and completing the Teacher Training, establishing Paul and Tiwariji as my teachers. We were so inspired we went straight to Mysore for 3 months to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath. Karen and I were honoured to be married by Tiwari in 2005 and returned to Samahita Retreat several times over the next couple of years completing Continuing Education courses with Tiwari and Paul, becoming a 500 hour Registered teacher with Yoga Alliance.
We lived in Mysore for all of 2008 with our beautiful daughter Tahlia to make time for dedicated practice with Sharath. We now live in Mount Martha in Australia, an hour out of Melbourne on the coast, where I work as a chiropractor and teach ashtanga yoga. We plan to open a yoga shala this year and look forward to providing a beautiful space for the community to practice.
I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to now be part of the Samahita Retreat team as the anatomy teacher, as I am not only passionate about teaching yoga, but am also fascinated with how the body and its physiology are effected by the practice.