I first became aware of YGB when I attended a live event in Santa Monica. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about the organization and Kayoko’s mission. As a student and teacher of so many Yoga practices and principles, I also feel deeply indebted to the contribution India has made in terms of so much culture and tradition. By helping the women and children of that country, arguably among the most vulnerable, I feel that we at least begin to repay a debt and, moreover, show respect in a way that so many well-intentioned Yoga leaders in the American community fail to do. As for me, I only had sisters growing up, and as an adult only shared my life with a wife and daughter.  Women have always been some of the most important people in my life, and I am particularly drawn to an organization that seems to show such reverence for the women and children of India.

In addition to teaching Yoga classes (LiveYogaWellness), in the Los Angeles area, Don is a certified Yoga therapist. He completed his training at Loyola Marymount University where he now is an adjunct professor in the Yoga Therapy program, as well as a mentor to Level III and IV Yoga therapy students. He is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is also a certified Chair Yoga teacher.

Don has been teaching Yoga-related topics at the Esalen Institute for the past several years and was also awarded Prime of Life Yoga® Teacher of the Month by Samata International. He has been working closely with Yoga pioneer, Larry Payne, for many years, and served as Larry’s book editor and photographer for his new book, “Yoga After 50 for Dummies.”

Along with his Yoga credentials, Don holds an MA from the University of Rochester, is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and is a filmmaker (who even did a feature film set in Tecate, Mexico!).