I grew up in New York and started doing yoga as a teenager with Lilas Folan on TV, channel 9. I was drawn to a lot of the spiritual literature of the 60s and started reading books about yoga and meditation- Alan Watts, Ram Dass. I convinced my old, Italian parents that I needed to be in progressive alternative education for high school. My gym class wound up being yoga and biking. It was the early 70s and the drug culture was still very prominent. For me, drugs became a quick and easy way to feel happy and free. I experienced freedom and openness, but it eventually dead-ended. Enlightenment doesn’t come that easily. Experimenting with chemicals to find different levels of consciousness ultimately left me trapped.
In my late twenties, I got clean and sober and started living a healthier lifestyle. In the early 90′s I moved to LA and found my way back to yoga. I loved it. I felt energized and alive. So on the surface, things have changed, but on another level maybe not so much. The hedonism and chemicals of the 70′s have been replaced by Yoga, meditation and sobriety. Yoga has now become the vehicle for freedom, joy and ease.
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