Retiring from a professional athletic career with a desire to find something to fill the void of track and field, Stephen via the coaxing of a close yogini friend versed in the Jivamukti method, decided to take a yoga class. Having come from the athletic scene that was driven by competition, he went into class with the same approach and soon realized that this was not yoga. While visiting family in New York, Stephen made his way to Union Square, home of Jivamukti Yoga School, the “Mothership”, and after attending his first open class he was hooked. A fire was ignited within him as he began to practice the Jivamukti method daily and instantly resonated with the integral approach that the method offers: combining asana with shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), nada (music), ahimsa (non-harming) and dhyana (meditation). He completed the 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher Training in May 2009, finally closing the circle of his spiritual walkabout. Stephen bows down to the lotus feet of his beloved teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari and mentor Jeffrey Cohen. He also would like to thank Joy, his first Jivamukti teacher, and those who have infused light as well as dark (opportunities for spiritual growth) into his life.