Vedic scholars believe humans are born twice – dvija – we are first born to a mother and a father, and then re-born into the realm of the spirit. Just like a bird first comes as an egg and then breaks out of shell into the real world.
Oana was born in Romania and I completed my Banking and Finance studies there before starting working in Corporate Finance in the US and later on in Canada.
Well into her finance career my life was going to be re-arranged and transformed after she took my first Ashtanga yoga class. Soon after she committed to a daily practice and found a strong desire to transfer into my day-to-day life and share with others the experiences of physical, mental and spiritual well-being that have come to light on my yoga mat.
She started studying Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in Canada and later on in Carlsbad, CA with Tim Miller, Senior Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. Furthermore she became interested in other yoga systems and went on to pursue in-depth study in the Iyengar and Hatha traditions completing over 1000 hours of training to date, while she continue to be an avid and dedicated life-student of yoga.
Through yoga she was led to Vipassana and Transcendental meditation, pranayama and Reiki. As she delved deeper into her studies she became interested in Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga. She became a Certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioner with the US National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
She is deeply grateful for the love and the guidance of all those who have inspired me on my path, particularly: Tim Miller, OP Tiwari, Tias Little, Lea Watkins, John Berlinsky, Ramanand Patel, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Núbia Teixeira, Sienna Smith, David Robson, her loving husband and her dearest Labrador Retrievers.