- MA, Anthropology, Emory University
- MA, Economics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
- BA, Economics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
My research interests focus on the spiritual development of ‘man’, in particular identifying the physiological and biological aspects that reveal themselves as an aspirant grows. The process of specific and directed breathing plays a key role in this. Further questions come up as to the purpose of two nostrils; the activity and presence of each nostril and if it is related to a particular side of the brain; what exactly happens in the spinal column as these practices develop; general breath practices and their effect for daily living in the face of stress and disease; and the effect of an improved nasal exhale.
For the past nineteen years I have been immersed in breath practices, the study of yoga and meditation, and the teaching of these to thousands of people. I have had the opportunity to study the yogic science of breath, “pranayama”, to a very advanced level. I have consistently studied philosophy and science related to the body and mind in terms of yoga and contemplative studies. I have earned the advanced certification from both the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and Kaivalyadham Yogic Institute, India, the only person to hold both qualifications, which take at least ten years to earn. I have taught and spoken at international yoga conferences and workshops all over the world. In 2003 I founded, and continue to direct, a Yoga and Health institute based in Thailand with a large international student body who come for training, studies and practices. My previous University education was at Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) with a focus on Economics. I speak French, German, and continue to study Sanskrit. I continue to maintain a daily morning yoga-breath-contemplation practice which keeps the mind fresh and stamina high.
Advisor: Dr. Worthman