Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Adrian lived in a variety of places in the United States and Europe before moving to Thailand in 2010. At this time Adrian started practicing yoga as well as meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Adrian quickly realized the benefits from these contemplative traditions and has been practicing them consistently ever since. A middle and high school history teacher for five years, in 2015 Adrian completed the first of his two 200 hour yoga teacher trainings. In 2016, he left his job at an international school in Bangkok to devote more time to the practice of yoga and meditation. Adrian and his wife Varangkana spend most of the year in Thailand, while spending several months of the year teaching, studying and traveling around Asia as well as in the United States.
Yoga has had a transformational impact on Adrian’s life, and the immense benefits that he continues to receive from these teachings inspires him to share these practices with others. Yoga is a path for awakening. Over time, we come to know our true self, to live more skillfully in relationship to those around us and our environment, and to act in a way that resonates with the deepest parts of our being.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”–Mahatma Gandhi
Over time, Adrian’s interest in yoga has expanded to include the study of yoga anatomy & physiology, yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama, and plant based nutrition. Adrian is passionate about conveying these teachings to others in a way that that can guide people to leading more balanced, healthy, and purposeful lives.
Experience & Certifications
A yoga practitioner for seven years, Adrian has completed over 400 hours of Yoga Alliance approved teacher trainings: one 200 hour with Shades of Yoga, based in Ubud, Bali, and another 200 hour with Yoga Synergy, based in Sydney, Australia. Adrian has had the good fortune of studying with many very exceptional, renowned teachers–including a few who continue to have a very profound impact on his practice: Simon Borg Olivier, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor.
Anatomy & Physiology
Adrian believes that an ongoing study of anatomy and physiology is important for the benefit of his students. Towards this end he has completed a comprehensive online course in anatomy & physiology with Yoga Synergy. He is also currently enrolled in another top online anatomy course with yoga anatomy expert Leslie Kaminoff. He has also completed the Yoga Synergy Advanced Fundamentals Course, which focuses on principles of intelligent alignment.
Yoga Philosophy is also an ongoing area of study for Adrian. He is currently enrolled in a line by line study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with Tantrik studies scholar Christopher Hareesh Wallis. Adrian is especially interested in studying yogic texts from the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, which he is currently doing with experienced meditation teachers and renowned scholars such as Sally Kempton, Hareesh Wallis, and Paul Muller Ortega, PhD. He also continues to study yoga and other eastern philosophies in workshops and retreats with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, and online through the Oxford Center for Hindu Studies.