In 1973, I attended my first yoga class. Yoga was then a new thing, a hip thing, something perceived as promoting world peace. I quickly learned that it made me as strong as a soldier, sharp of mind, feeling confident and at peace with myself. In 1975, I graduated from professional school and began my occupation. Although I ceased practicing yoga in classes or as a routine at home, I always carried what I learned with me.
In 2000, with the birth of my third daughter, I decided to change my lifestyle to have more availability to help care for her. So I gave up marathon running (I had run fourteen marathons, including qualifying for and running in the Boston Marathon) to practicing yoga at home. I started with VHS tapes and DVDs. I began to feel and see again how the practice of yoga had benefits way beyond a means to become or maintain physical fitness. After two years, I also noticed that it was a wonderful activity for my growing toddler, who wanted to try what Daddy was doing, and her older sisters, who were not bent towards competitive athletics.
By 2009, I had about five years of regular yoga class attendance, and I began sharing my yoga knowledge and skills by teaching my friends yoga exercises to restore and to heal. I also began creating and teaching yoga exercise sequences for my daughters to be fit, confident and calm. As my fourth daughter celebrated her fifth birthday in 2009, I took my first teacher training course for kids. I am registered under my birth name of John Silvestrichildrensyoga.comas a RCYP-3 Radiant Child Yoga Teacher at
In 2012 I completed a second yoga teacher training offered through the Kundalini Research Institute, and I am a certified Level One Kundalini Yoga Teacher.
I am grateful and appreciative of my teachers.