Apolo was born in San Francisco and grew up on a mountain top with no electricity in a rural area in Northern California. From a very young age Apolo was introduced to meditation and holistic healing. This carried with him into his adulthood as he went through various apprenticeships and training’s for engraving, silversmithing, gardening, technology and ultimately became a software engineer which he did for 14 years and still does.
In 2010 after almost a decade of working in fast paced tech environments that were very hard on the body and mind, Apolo was finally compelled go to a real yoga class rather than just play around like he always did as a kid. As a kid, he used to stand on his head, putting his leg behind his head and getting into a lotus before he knew what any of that was. He was not focused on any of that and he never really connected what he was doing with yoga, it more like a kid having fun to him. However as soon as Apolo took his first yoga class he began to sense the immense benefits therein. At first he attended classes various gyms and schools, experimenting with Vinyasa, Iyengar and simply enjoying and celebrating what yoga has to offer. Apolo then practiced Bikram Yoga for a little over year but in the long run had challenges balancing his meals and hydration in the extreme heat.
In 2012 Apolo finally found Ashtanga Yoga though Christina Martini. The intensity in the body and mind during the early years of learning and practicing Ashtanga Yoga with Christina graced Apolo’s life in a very positive and challenging way. A path of healing had been discovered. A new way of life had been gifted and a blessed student teacher relationship began and flourished.
As the mind and body cleanses and releases in a person so the does physical world around them, this is what was happening to Apolo. The journey of yoga called to Apolo more and more every year, the premise of teaching Ashtanga Yoga became more and more prevalent in his thoughts and actions. A natural progression of teaching began under the tutelage of an amazing teacher (Christina Martini). Progress was made in leaps and bounds, not leaps and bounds in the sense of a rush or a competition but leaps and bounds in the sense of enjoying and delving deep into the postures and pranayama and the marriage of the practice of life and the practice of yoga.
This brings us to the present day where Apolo is able to cultivate his natural aptitude, study, practice and teach in a nurturing environment. Apolo is able to progress and learn and enjoy and share some of the fruits that a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice will offer. The orchard is vast, the fruits are many and the taste is sweet and profound. This is perfection.
When Christina is away for her self sabbatical – self study, or touring for retreats, workshops, Apolo takes the San Francisco shala into his hands for daily classes, private sessions, administration duties as he is devoted to our sangha-community of practitioners in a humble study-learning sacred space, our Shala. The shala is honored to have him as the teacher assistant and studio manager.