The main mentors and teachers that have greatly influenced my work have included:  Yoga: Judith Lasater - Iyengar Tradition (1976 to mid 90's), Shandor Remete - Shadow Yoga & Nata Yoga (1996-2012), & Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of the Ashtanga Yoga Tradition; Meditation/Devotion/Philosophy: Paramahansa Yogananda - Teachings, Lama Surya Das (founder of the Dzogchen Foundation and author), Sogyal Rinpoche (author of "The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying"), The Dalai Lama and Michael Murphy; Inner Martial Arts and Qigong: George Leonard - Leonard Energy Training, Mantak Chia, Scott Phillips of North Star Marshal Arts, and Bruce Frantzis of Energy Arts; Dance: Anna Halprin, Ed Mock, Ann Garvin and Katherine Dunhan; Physical Fitness: Leora Myers, Intrinsic Movement and Energy Work: Emily Conrad-Da’oud of "Continuum, and Lansing Gresham of Touchstone’s "Integrated-Awareness";  and  Public Speaking: Lee Glickstein - Founder, Speaking Circles International.