Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been a student, researcher and teacher of Traditional Indian and Thai Yoga for over 20 years. I served 3 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, where I studied Thai Boxing, Traditional Thai Massage and Thai Yoga “Reusi Dat Ton”. I lived in Asia for over 12 years including 2 years in India studying Traditional Indian Yoga.
I currently work as a Yoga Therapist in upstate New York in an Integrated Pain Management Clinic helping Chronic Pain Patients to manage and reduce their pain without the use dangerous narcotic painkillers.
This is my first book, and it features techniques that have been tried and proven over the course of centuries.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Self-Massage and Joint Mobilization of Traditional Thai Yoga: Reusi Dat Ton Part 1”
It was inspired by a desire to accurately document the authentic techniques of a little known Yoga tradition which has almost been lost in the modern world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing habits are sporadic with short bursts of productivity followed by long periods of nothing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
“The Sivananda Companion to Yoga” by the Sivananda Yoga Center was one of my main influences in writing this book.
It’s excellent photos, images and clear step by step instructions allowed me to learn on my own very quickly. Upon arriving at their center in India, I realized that most of their classes were like a review. This impressed upon me the authors great skill in crafting such a book.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on “Basic Exercises and Breathing of Traditional Thai Yoga: Reusi Dat Ton Part 2”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesome Gang is my first and therefore my best website for promoting my books!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Research your subject deeply. Gather together all that you have found, select the best and organize it. Hire a pickey retired school teacher to painstakingly edit your book and patiently instruct you in the correct use of grammar, punctuation etc. Find a Graphic Design Wizard like I was blessed to have found.
Better to slowly produce something good rather than rush and produce something mediocre.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Show me, Don’t tell me.”
What are you reading now?
“The Roots of Yoga” by Mallinson and Singleton
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing my 3 part series on Traditional Thai Yoga, “Reusi Dat Ton”
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
“The Complete Works of Shakespeare” (Folger Library Edition)
“The Brothers Karamazov”
“The Complete Teachings of Buddha”
“Tao Te Ching”