A cabinetmaker by trade and working in the building industry, Ben began studying yoga as a young man under Alan Goode in 1997 in the Blue Mountains. He was drawn to yoga to help alleviate physical pain caused by his work and because of the generally held view that yoga can help to better manage stressful situations to bring a calmer mental state. Yoga had the desired effect and more. His health improved and he soon became so energised and passionate about yoga that he committed to practice, which eventually led to him starting to teach in 2002. He was certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in 2005 and currently holds a Intermediate Junior Level 1 certificate issued by Iyengar Yoga Australia. Ben’s experience is that yoga has been instrumental in helping him to relate to daily life in a much more balanced and positive way. It has been an important stabilising influence for him through the years of work and fatherhood and the inevitable life changes that occur and he is passionate about sharing what he knows of yoga with others. As well as maintaining a personal practice, he continues to undertake training with Alan and has also studied at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India, his most recent visit being in November 2019. Ben owned and operated a yoga school in Springwood for 5 years between 2004-2009 and has taught extensively in various locations around Australia. Ben has now moved to Canberra and is excited to be studying and teaching at Yoga Mandir. Bens other interests include outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping and gardening as well as cooking and the occasional good book on a rainy day.