John has been practicing Ashtanga yoga and studying the Buddha dharma daily for over a decade. He has made 8 trips to India where he is a student (currently learning 4th series) of Shri Sharath Jois, Director of KPJAYI, Krisna Pattabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India, and was graciously granted a level II authorization (2012) by his teacher. He was recently (2016) named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America, and is currently the Contemplative Science Center (CSC) Yoga programs manager at the University of Virginia.
Prior to joining the University of Virginia and the CSC team, John taught geology full time at a college in Asheville, Carolina for 7 years. He received a BS and MS in Geology with a focus on structure and tectonics. He has studied the fruits of various scientific and spiritual practices his entire life, and hopes to share what his gracious teachers have taught him with humility, warmth, and patience