Dan began practicing Bikram Yoga while he was working as an Equity Research Editor in Midtown Manhattan. Sitting all day made his back hurt. He suffered from insomnia and a poor social life. He took his first class in 1999. His first teacher was Mark Reese. Afterwards, the back problem had disappeared. He realized that he need look no further. This was his solution to back pain.
Dan left his job and went to teacher training in the Fall of 2001. He spent four years teaching and traveling between NYC, Washington DC and Reno. In 2005 he became the owner of Bikram Yoga Locust Valley on the North Shore of Long Island. In 2010, he moved back to NYC and met his wife, Karina Ruiz, also a Bikram teacher. Together they moved to Brazil with their first son and opened a Hot Yoga studio in Sao Paulo. In 2017, they sold the studio and moved back to New York. He is now living on Long Island with Karina and their two sons and teaches Bikram Yoga classes. He also teaches private lessons and gives Reiki healing treatments.
If there is one word that describes bodē for Dan, it is Family. He still sees people at bodē that he has known for almost 20 years. Before he got married, the studios were the place where he found the support and acceptance of family while he was living alone in NYC. It is family without drama.
Dan is available to teach privates any Wednesday to new yogis (classic hot or vinyasa).
“If you see that it’s futile [to control your mind] then you can let go. Don’t try to cling. Relax. And if you do that you are in the state of nirvana and you become a buddha. And that means that you become a rather astonishing person.”