Born in Jackson Hole, WY and having lived all over the American West, Stephen came to the practice of Yoga asana in conjunction with his personal and academic studies of the meditation traditions of the East. Stephen started his academic career as a Philosophy Major at the University of Montana but that was short lived. He felt that the Western Philosophical Tradition was missing a holistic dimension, which to him greatly de legitimated its efficacy in terms of personal or social transformation. Stephen’s interests shifted towards Eastern studies and he left the University of Montana to pursue his study of Eastern Philosophy at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Stephen completed a Bachelors Degree in Traditional Eastern Arts with an emphasis in Yogic studies and was fortunate enough to complete his first Yoga Teacher Training with teachers Nataraja Kallio M.A. and Sree Devi Bringi M.S. at Naropa as well.
Following that, Stephen was introduced to the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Pattabhi Jois and began his studies with Richard Freeman at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, CO. He has continued his practice and study of Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga here in New Orleans and maintains a daily practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. Stephen brings a perspective that is grounded in the philosophical, cultural, and contemplative aspects of the Yoga Tradition; he seeks to convey a holistic vision of asana practice as a methodology and philosophy of Self Realization, as a tool of psychosomatic integration and implementation of ourselves during practice and in the world.