Keith V

Keith V

Keith was a US Marine and a FDNY firefighter. He is also a Martial arts expert with 30+ year of experience. He started practicing yoga and became a personal fitness trainer in 1997. He first studied Inyengar yoga, then Ashtanga yoga, Integral Yoga, and finally Dharma yoga. He has studied yoga and meditation from many places.

Keith also studies classical Indian music and has written several books on the topic. A kirtan wallah, he has been blessed to sing on many Kirtan albums, such as Krishna Das’s and Nina Rao's. He has also taught harmonium at Jai Uttal’s Kirtan camp in San Francisco and authored 7 books, including one on how to play the harmonium called “Demystifying the Harmonium A-Z,” which has sold internationally. Keith has had the grace of being around and learning from living yoga masters and enlightened beings. His motto is don’t die wondering.

In his classes, Keith focuses on the fundamentals, alignment, body awareness, the breath, slowing down, believing in yourself, and the mind. He caters to people with injuries and works the classes around the student’s needs. He likes to offer tools that allow the practitioner to grow along their spiritual journey. He also keeps the pace of his classes at a slower tempo, allowing people to notice themselves within their practice. He wants to be of service to his students and help them open their own doors to their hearts. He wants people to have fun and enjoy themselves.

TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Contemplative Psychology, Meditation and Buddhist Studies / Nalanda Institute (2018)
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training Certification (2017)
  • Classical Indian Music “Mewati Deepak” Certifcation (2016)
  • Yoga Life Training Certification / Integral Yoga (2011)
  • 200 Hours Life of a Yogi Teacher Training / Dharma Yoga Center with Sri Dharma Mittra (2010)
  • Exercise Sciences and Athletic Trainer / Queens College (2004)
  • Personal Trainer Certification / National Strength and Conditioning Association (2002)