• Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece

    How Airbnb Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

    When I was the CFO of a venture capital firm in San Francisco, one of the managing partners was a Rhodes Scholar. I remember him talking about the scholarship program and how the goal was for the potential “future world leaders” to go to school together. The idea was they would get to know each other from an early age, and the result would be that these relationships would lead to a more peaceful world. While I will never be a Rhodes Scholar, I have recently found another, and potentially faster, path to world peace—Airbnb. 🙂   Earlier this year, I became an Airbnb host. My goal was not a…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    Kundalini Yoga as the Key to Unlocking the Power of the Enneagram

    I became a Kundalini Yoga teacher as the unintended consequence of a relationship breakup. I first started taking Kundalini Yoga classes to get through that difficult period and a year later, I enrolled in Kundalini Yoga teacher training “just to learn more.” That was 9 years ago, and I’ve since changed my life completely, moving from San Francisco, California to Athens, Greece and trading a 20+ year career as a CPA and finance consultant to teach a combination of Kundalini Yoga and the Enneagram. Along the way, I’ve become more and more convinced that Kundalini Yoga is the key to unlock the true power of the Enneagram. I’ve also become…

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    15 Benefits of Long Deep Breathing/ Τα 15 οφέλη της βαθειάς μεγάλης αναπνοής

    For the Greek translation, scroll down. Για την ελληνική μετάφραση, μετακινηθείτε προς τα κάτω. “When you are short of wisdom, breathe.”  Guru Nanak   One of the very best things you can do for your health is long, deep conscious breathing.  As an exercise, breathing is wonderful!  Breathing is free, it requires no additional equipment, you can do it anytime, and it can be practiced by everyone, from the very healthy to the very sick.   Kundalini yoga places a large emphasis on the breath, and breath work is component of every kundalini yoga practice.  One of the most fundamental types of breathing we use is long, deep breathing. This…

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    How YouTube Decided It Was Time I Learn Greek

      When I moved to Greece in 2012, I imagined I would be fluent in Greek within a year. I’m not sure why I thought that was possible, but this dream has proved to be one of life’s big disappointments. It’s been four years, and my Greek continues to be appalling. This is not for a lack of honest effort. I’ve attended almost every Greek school in Athens, I’ve had private tutors, I’ve read books, I’ve watched cartoons, I’ve tried nearly everything. It seems, in the end, I am not good at foreign languages—a devastating realization. But the one thing that is helping me turn the corner was the day…

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    The Enneagram in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together

      Type Compatibility: The Theory   After people learn their own Enneagram type, the next question I invariably get asked is “what types go well together?” or “who should I be with?” Everyone wants to know. The answer is that all type combinations can be happy together if both partners have high levels of self awareness. And the reverse is true. All combinations may struggle if both people have a lack of self awareness. Type compatibility is more about similar levels self awareness than it is about personality type. The basic guidelines are: Two highly self aware people have the best chance of success. Two highly unaware people may be…

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    Kundalini Yoga’s Role in the Health of Your Spine

    “The flexible spine holds your entire nervous system.” ~Yogi Bhajan 80-90% of the population suffers from spinal pain at some point in their life, and if you have ever had back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. While running or going to the gym can be a great workout for your body, these forms of exercise don’t focus on the health of your spine.  This is where Kundalini Yoga comes in.  With gentle, simple, repetitive movements, Kundalini Yoga focuses on getting the energy moving in your spine. But what is the spine? The spine is made up of a series of bones stacked on top of each other…

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    Lesvos Sept 2015

    I wrote this post back in 2015 when the refugee crisis was particularly extreme in Greece and specifically in Lesvos.  Like many of us, I was very shocked by the stories of refugees having to walk 70+ kilometers (40+ miles) from where they arrived by boat  to get the refugee camps in Lesvos in the summer.  At this same time, an NGO/MKO in Lesvos put out a request for help to the Athens yoga community so a Greek friend of mine and I decided to go. This post is a summary of that weekend.  The situation is constantly changing in Lesvos so this is just what I observed/learned as of…