As a teenager Will began studying Satyananda Yoga and Yoga Nidra (deep conscious relaxation) with Swami Dharmakeerti Saraswati from the Bihar School of Yoga in 1988, in the tradition of her Guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati. While driving her back to the Youngstown, Ohio YWCA, where she stayed during those first sessions with students in The United States, she began asking him,
Willy, when are you coming home to India?
...and 3 years later at the age of 20, after this great teacher had invited Will many times to visit her in India to continue deepening his studies, in 1991 Will was ready to accept the invitation to stay with her, meet with swamis of The Bihar School of Yoga and to meet with various yogis south India.
It was in India at the age of 20, that Will met and recognized his guru in the small village of Thiruvannamali, being sent by Swami Dharmakeerti Saraswati to 'find help on the spiritual path' and to ‘see what might happen’. Yogi Ramsuratkumar initiated Will in his little house on Sannadi Street in guru mantra. Swami Dharmakeerti then sent him on to The Bihar School of Yoga for Darshan with Swami Niranjana Saraswati and to experience Ashram life and learn from the great teachers there.
During this period of time, while a student of cello and ethnomusicology at The Ohio State University, Will studied Western Classical Music and North and South Indian Classical music, as well as Feldenkreis Somatic Education and Alexander Technique for musical performance, Chi Gong and Tai Chi, and other western and eastern modalities for health and optimal musical performance. Will earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Liberal Arts in 1995.
After moving to New York City in 1996 to complete a masters degree in cello performance, he continued to study with Swami Dharmaeerti in intensive retreats and private studies, and to study yoga and movement therapies with teachers of various styles from the US, Japan and Europe. Will eventually received his certification from Sri Dharma Mittra in 2007 to teach yoga and began teaching classes and mentoring teacher trainings, under the guidance of 'Dharma'. In 2008, Will trained with Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein and received his certification to teach AcroYoga, on the island of Lesvos, Greece with colleagues from all over the globe. Since this period of time in 2007, Will has consistently been teaching in in New York City and Berlin and other parts of North America and Europe.
For three years he taught Yoga, Yoga Nidra and AcroYoga at The Emotion Regulation Laboratory at Hunter College’s Department of Psychology. In addition to teaching Yoga and Movement at The New School University for many years, Will has been teaching English as a Second Language at Parsons and The New School University since 2007.
Since receiving his first Yoga teaching certifications he has taught Yoga and AcroYoga for years in various studios and schools of Yoga such as The Dharma Yoga Center and Om Factory in New York City, as well as in various other venues within New York City and around the world.
Will maintains a private practice in movement strategies, therapeutics, pain prevention and pain management, in New York City and Mexico City, where he lives with his Husband, Ángel, and their three dogs. He specializes in working with clients living with Multiple Sclerosis, Sciatica, Repetitive Stress conditions, and chronic pain. Will has worked with The Multiple Sclerosis society of New York as well as The Ovarian Cancer Society, working with clients and exchanging treatment strategies with other healthcare professionals. Will has given classes and therapeutic workshops for many years in the corporate and business world at such companies as Snippies, Surprise Industries, Hunter College, SheFinds Media, Pure Yoga and many more.
During 2013 and 2014, Will gave Therapeutic Treatments and taught regular classes and workshops in Yoga, AcroYoga and Yoga Nidra to United States Military Service Members and Federal Employees at Fort Hamilton Army Base in New York City as a volunteer and then as a contracted employee. He worked closely with psychotherapists, fitness instructors and employees of the VA Hospital at Fort Hamilton to explore solutions to chronic pain and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder with much success.
Over the years Will has continually deepened his holistic studies privately with cutting edge healthcare professionals such as Michael Gilbert of Postural Intelligence, David Lutt of Collège OstéoThai, Dr. Louise Montello of Performance Wellness, and continues to assist Swami Dharmakeerti in retreats exploring the science of yoga and tantra. Will has studied Manual Therapy, Thai Massage and Movement Therapies for many years with Chance Kanfoush of Tiger Healing Arts and Advanced Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurveda with Jyothi Watanabe of The Lotus Palm School. He continues to be a devoted student of his primary teacher, Swami Dharmakeerti Saraswati in the US and India, and to follow the path of Bhakti Yoga through constant connection to his Guru.
Will is very dedicated to continual development of technique and practice, and to empowering students and clients to become designers of their own health through greater awareness and an ever greater repertoire of therapeutic tools. He insists that classes have a fine balance between focus, success and joy!