Who's On The Mat
From The Heart
I love my Manduka eKO® Mat. It`s one of my closest friends. A giver. A receiver. Someone to trust and play with.
-Maria Elisabeth Rommel
Ann Arbor, MI
Why Manduka?: I feel for Manduka like Garth Algar does for underwear. After a while, it becomes a part of you.
What does your Manduka help you #practice?: My Manduka helps me practice six mornings a week, 52 weeks a year, ten years and counting...
Yoga Style: Ashtanga, Vinyasa
I teach ashtanga yoga in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was introduced to this practice in 2001 in Los Angeles, and have practiced six days a week
continuously since 2003.
I learned the ashtanga pranayama sequence (after completing the intermediate series) from Rolf Naujokat in 2006. I maintain a relatively modest pranayama practice. Later in 2006, I met Dominic Corigliano, who taught me the subtler layers of ashtanga practice, and eventually, slowly, taught me to teach yoga. During 2009, I assisted Jörgen Christiansson.
After retreats in several meditation traditions, I began working with the Vipassana teacher Shinzen Young in 2009. I meditate daily, confer with Shinzen about my practice, and take annual silent retreats.
I travel regularly to Mysore, India, where I practice asana with with R. Sharath Jois and study the history and philosophy of yoga with M.A. Narasimhan and M.A. Jayashree. In 2011, Sharath authorized me at Level 2, asking me to teach the full intermediate series.