Gary was introduced to Eastern philosophy in college when he discovered the writings of Alan Watts which led to studies in Zen and Zen-inspired poetry. Gary found yoga in 2000 as a way to recover from back trauma and has been studying and practicing yoga since that time. Gary has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has studied yoga at Esalen Institute, Big Sur California, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India and Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Virginia.

Gary has photographed many spiritual sites and experiences in his travels throughout Asia. After four years of study and writing, he recently published his first book entitled: “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali- Illuminations Through Image, Commentary and Design.” The book provides a new and inviting approach to studying and living the Yoga Sutras by using imagery, poetry and quotation to illuminate the heart of the Sutras.

After Gary’s book on the Yoga Sutras was published, he began to get speaking invitations and now teaches workshops on the yoga philosophy, ethics and law for Yoga teacher training programs. Gary is on the teaching faculty of Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos, California. Gary co-leads spiritual trips to Nepal, India and Tibet with Jennifer Prugh of Breathe Yoga.

Gary was on a Yoga Alliance Committee that wrote a new Code of Conduct and is on the Board of Directors of the Integral Yoga Institute-San Francisco.


Gary has practiced corporate and technology law for over twenty years. He has been a partner in the corporate and technology practice group of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP which is a large international law firm. He has also been a Senior Attorney with Microsoft where he practiced technology law and served on the Microsoft Ethics Committee.

Gary has published the Light on Law series of books that cover law and business matters for yoga studios, yoga teachers and other wellness businesses.

The books provide legal and business resources for yoga and wellness studios, yoga teachers and entrepreneurs. They are based upon Gary’s 20 years of experience as a corporate and business lawyer, and as a yoga student and teacher.

The books provide a guide to the most important legal, business and regulatory issues that the yoga and wellness community faces today. They provide practical information about those areas you most need to know about to avoid disputes, tax and regulatory problems, and product liability and personal injury claims. They provide comprehensive coverage of the key areas of independent contractors and employees. They also provide all of the legal forms that you need in running a yoga and wellness business.

Yoga Alliance

I have been working with Yoga Alliance for several years to provide our community with resources on legal and business issues. My goal is to help studios and teachers avoid legal problems and build stronger businesses. This will, I hope, lead to more yoga in the world and the world becoming a better place!

Below is a list of video and audio presentations that I have prepared for Yoga Alliance.

  • Transitioning from Independent Contractors to Employees
  • How to Build Your Strongest Case that Teachers are Independent Contractors
  • The Horns of the Dilemma: Independent Contractors or Employees?
  • Essential Legal Issues for Yoga Teachers
  • Essential Legal Issues for Studio Owners
  • Learn about Yoga Liability
  • Opening a Studio: Legal Considerations
  • Internet Laws for Yoga
  • Yoga Law: What You Must Know

Workshops and Events

  • Moksha/Modo Yoga Teacher Training Program, Kelowna, Canada, July 2017

  • Body Temple Yoga Teacher Training Program, 2017

  • Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos-Pilgrimage to Mt.Kailash

    co-leading a spiritual retreat with Jennifer Prugh to Mt. Kailash,Tibet, September, 2016

  • Breathe Yoga, Los Gatos, California

    (Yoga Teacher Training Workshop on Yoga Sutras), Fall 2015, February, 2017

  • Yoga At Cindy’s, Sunnyvale, California

    (Fall 2015 Yoga Teacher Training Program-Yoga Philosophy)

  • Yoga Garden, San Francisco, California

    (Yoga Law Workshop for Teacher Training Program), Fall 2015

  • Yoga Alliance, Business of Yoga Conference, Los Angeles, California

    August 6-9, 2015 (Presenter on Law and Yoga)

  • Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos In Tibet

    Co-leading a spiritual retreat to Lhasa, Tibet and Nepal July 7-July 24, 2015

  • Body Temple Yoga Training (With Daniella Cotreau)

    (Held at Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos) March, April and August, 2015

  • Moksha Yoga Teacher Training Level 1

    Nicaragua, February 11-February 18, 2015 (Yoga philosophy)

  • Yoga Journal Live

    San Francisco, January 15, 2015

  • Joy of Yoga Teacher Training-February 10 &12, 2017

  • Body Temple Yoga-Teacher Training Program-Spring, 2017

  • Danyasa Yoga Teacher Training-Dominical

    Costa Rica-December 1-7, 2014 (Yoga Philosophy)

  • Integral Yoga Institute-San Francisco

    October 30, 2014 (The Yoga of Suffering)

  • Santa Fe Yoga Festival-Santa Fe

    New Mexico-August 28-31, 2014 (The Yoga Sutras)

  • Wanderlust Yoga Teacher Training Program

    Squaw Valley, California-May 9. 2014

  • Breathe Yoga in Nepal

    April 22-May 3, 2014 (Yoga Teacher Training and Tour in Nepal and India; Co-leader with Jennifer Prugh)

  • Body Temple Yoga Teacher Training Program-Spring, 2017

    (With Daniella Cotreau) (Held at Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos) March 28-30; Apr 4-6; May 30-June 1; June 13-15; July 11-13 and August 15-17

  • The Breathe Forum on Law, Business and Ethics for Yoga

    March 15-16, 2014

  • Texas Yoga Festival - Houston

    February 2, 2014

  • Yoga Journal Live Conference-San Francisco

    January 16, 2014

  • Yoga at Cindy’s Yoga Teacher Training

    January 27; January 28; January 29; January 31; February 22; March 1; March 2; March 22 and March 29