Gary teaches yoga philosophy, law and ethics for teacher training programs.
Gary’s life has reflected three passions: athletics, the study of Eastern philosophy and photography. He has competed in over forty triathlons including Ironman Austria. He now pursues trail running, mountain biking and mountain climbing, and is a corporate lawyer with over twenty years of experience.
Gary is Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has studied yoga at Esalen Institute, Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Satchidananda Ashram. Gary also practices Zen at Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center and has studied at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
After four years of study and writing, Gary recently published his first book entitled: "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali- Illuminations Through Image, Commentary and Design." The book provides a new and inviting approach to studying and living the Yoga Sutras by using photography, poetry and quotation to illuminate the heart of the Sutras.
Gary teaches yoga philosophy, law, business and ethics. Most of these programs are in the Bay Area and in Costa Rica. Gary brings a broad perspective in teaching yoga philosophy by using imagery, poetry, related wisdom traditions, music and his athletic and mountain climbing experience to open philosophy to our modern lifestyles.
Gary is on the faculty of Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos and teaches yoga philosophy classes and supports the teacher training program.
Gary Kissiah has practiced corporate and business law for over 20 years. He has been a corporate partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a large international law firm, and a Senior Attorney with Microsoft.
Gary has published four books relating to yoga and the law: Light on Law for Yoga Teachers: A Guide to Legal Wellness; Light on Law for Yoga Studios-A Guide to Legal Wellness; Light on Law For Yoga Studios and Wellness Businesses- A Guide to Independent Contractors; and Light on Law-Essential Information For Yoga Studios, Teachers and Wellness Businesses.
Gary is active with Yoga Alliance, and has given a series of national Webinars to the membership of Yoga Alliance on a broad range of legal topics as they effect the yoga community. Gary is also assisting Yoga Alliance in the drafting of a new Code of Conduct.
More information about Gary and his books may be found at http://garykissiah.com/