I was born and raised in Colombia. Since 1994 I have been living mostly in the U.S. I have been blessed with a wonderful life, a loving family and an amazing life partner in my wife Camilla. We have been fortunate to embark on wonderful journeys to different places in the world and also on the journey of growing as human beings. In the mid-1990s we went from living in Chicago to traveling for 14 months in Europe and South America. Then we got to experience life in a small college town in the middle of cornfields in Illinois before moving to southern Thailand for almost a year. After a trip around Southeast Asia that included Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Malaysia and Singapore we returned to the U.S. to live in the high desert of Flagstaff, Arizona. In that time, we were lucky to find our way to Mexico and Colombia a couple of times, as well as a visit to the Czech Republic. Since 2005, Camilla and I have been enjoying the weather, the natural beauty and the bodies of water in the Tampa Bay area. We have also found time to visit Colombia, India, Scandinavia, Italy, the UK and Costa Rica. Traveling has taught me to be open to meet people, to enrich my perspective and to be flexible . Travel always motivates me to explore, examine and clarify my beliefs and ideas. Although not as varied as my travels, my studies in systems engineering, fine arts, educational technology and anthropology have helped me exercise different aspects of my mind and have enabled me to work in a wide range of environments, including painting in my studio, teaching art for under served populations, conducting social research, teaching a variety of courses, providing software support, designing web sites, writing technical documentation for computer software, developing and delivering IT training, performing quality assurance on software, etc. These experiences have provided me with opportunities to learn from others and to feel comfortable in varied environments. With so many changes, moving and travel, there is one ‘thing’ that has been a continuous gentle guiding force in my life: Yoga. I began practicing Yoga daily in 1996, and every day I look forward to the overall well being that Yoga brings into my life. In spite of having a full schedule, I continued to study Yoga and to practice over the years. As is the case for many yogis, Yoga has inspired my way of living. So, when family and friends started asking me to lead Yoga sessions for them, I felt honored and exhilarated to have the opportunity and responsibility to share my love of Yoga with them. In 2005, everything aligned beautifully for me to enroll in a Yoga teacher training program so that for 2 years I could invest most of my time and energy deepening my practice and my understanding of Yoga. It was at this time, when I started teaching yoga regularly. I noticed the scarcity of online yoga resources in Spanish and in 2007 I launched Yoga is Being Present, a bilingual Spanish and English blog on the connections between yoga and daily life. Authoring this blog has helped me continue to distill my understanding of yoga and to contribute to the growth of yoga in the Spanish-speaking world. My deep trust in the importance of developing a personal practice as well as my experience teaching beginning students motivated me to create and release an instructional bilingual yoga video, Yoga Here + Now, appropriate for true beginning students. This video guides beginners in 8 sessions of integrated yoga practice that include appropriate postures, breathing, meditation and guided relaxation. It would have been impossible to complete this project without the extraordinary support of my family, especially the unconditional support and backing of Luz Victoria and Adolf and the musical expertise and talent of Adriana and Carlos. I feel both blessed and grateful to all of them and to everybody who participated. Since 2008, I have had the honor to teach a wide range of workshops in the U.S and in Colombia, including topics as yoga philosophy, yoga for stress, yoga & mindful eating, yoga for back pain and yoga for interpersonal relationships. In addition, I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to teach and mentor new yoga teachers in a variety of teacher training programs. Moreover, I have been very fortunate to design and lead national and international yoga retreats in the U.S. and Costa Rica. Working with individual students, group classes and also from the distance using internet technologies have offered me a continuous source of inspiration and has helped me grow as a teacher. Every day I look forward to the overall well being that Yoga brings into my life. As is the case for many yogis, Yoga has inspired my way of living. I am grateful for the opportunities I have to touch other people’s lives through Yoga and I hope that Yoga brings as many teachings, joy and well being to them as it has brought to me. I feel that teaching Yoga, besides being a dream come true, is an honor and a responsibility that requires attention, knowledge, caring, preparation and flexibility. More than a teacher, I see myself as a dedicated student who loves to practice, learn and share. Every day I am excited to explore, research, practice, and share Yoga with others. Following the example of teachers I admire, in every class I do my best to help students discover their own way of practicing Yoga.