More About Joshua Michaell

I teach Sanskrit, Yoga Philosophy & Meditation, and lead workshops and Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. I’ve been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1993 and studying Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy with Vyaas Houston since 1997 and Dr. Ram Karan Sharma since 2006. I was a senior teacher for the American Sanskrit Institute, and on the faculty at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco, teaching Yoga Philosophy for the 500 hour Teacher Training curriculum.

I am also a licensed M.A., MFT, with a Transpersonal and Yoga Psychology-inspired counseling practice. I have an office located in the heart of Pacific Heights, San Francisco. In addition to in-person sessions, I have worked extensively with clients around the world via Skype and Google Chat.

I have been involved with metaphysics and daily meditation for 29 years; this profoundly informing my world view and my ability to work with people using a counseling setting as a catalyst for deep, personal transformation.

My earlier career found me in the music business for the better part of 15 years, producing CDs of Folk, Appalachian and World Music. The crown jewel of those was a two volume set of the Anne and Frank Warner Collection of traditional American music; Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, and Nothing Seems Better To Me, released on Appleseed Recordings. I still produce the occasional CD from time to time. I recorded my own music on a spoken word CD in 2008 called Buddhist Stories of Awakening, done in collaboration with my friends, Henry Kaiser and the inimitable Rev. Heng Sure. That CD is available on iTunes. I was also a contributing editor for Kyoto Journal’s (Issue #71) special issue on tea.

In my free time, I play old-time banjo, guitar, and a 7-string Chinese “zither” called the Guqin. You might also find me chanting my way  through various Sanskrit texts such as the īśa upaniṣad and the dakṣiṇamūrti stotram or hunting through the dusty record bins of my local Bay Area music stores hoping to unearth rare gems of mostly-forgotten music. To the delight of my friends and loved ones, I’ve been taking Thai cooking classes from Kasma Loha-unchit for the past 12 years and can whip up authentic, fiery Thai curries from scratch.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donny
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 23:03:00

    Great new blog, Josh.

    I’ll be happy to follow you here.


    Donny Lobree


  2. David Rosenberg
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 16:44:43


    Great blog. I am a coordinator for a TV series at the moment (day job – actually a writer) – and we are looking for someone to translate three lines of dialogue into Sanskrit, but phonetically so the actor can say them. If you can help us or turn us on to someone who can, that would be a blessing.

    Juris is in my FB circle – we are both friends with Lane Carlson, who does amazing work with children’s issues in places like India and Vietnam.



  3. syamukamath
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 20:35:34

    Om tatsat Brahmarpanamastu. Great blog bro.


  4. Callie
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 23:10:56

    Hey! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
    shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Many thanks!


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