Bernd has been throwing himself wholeheartedly into the deep waters of daily, dedicated yoga practice for the past 14 years. Coming originally from the performing arts in various guises, he finally allowed the stage life to fade and the yogic life to come into deeper focus. Being drawn, from an early age, toward seeing, understanding and exploring life in its fullness and entirety, he works with the tools of asana, pranayama, meditation, and study in order to plumb the depths of experience. His aim as a teacher is always to give each student exactly what he or she needs at any given time, which has led him to learning as much as possible about different modalities of movement, meditation and philosophical approaches. Bernd has an abiding passion for helping to ease the suffering of others, which has led him down the path of yoga for working with pain as well as yoga as a path toward ultimate freedom and truth. Expect to be challenged in his classes, but never pushed; thrown into the deep end, but always with a paddle, and always with kindness and care.