It all began at an early age for me. I can remember hiking a huge neighborhood tree farm alone, after grammar school everyday. I scaled rocky cliffs that overlooked many lakes and would meditate in deserted high places that were well above the tree line. Here my heartbeat was strongest and most relaxed. I was plugged into "the real" and Mother Nature was my first teacher. My connection to her was strong and grew stronger each time I left the modern mechanical world. I was at peace observing the many different forces of nature for a period of 10 years, then my family moved out of the neighborhood and away from the tree farm.
I could not find this organic, clear, powerful, pure, open peaceful space inside myself again until I started practicing yoga.
When I settled into my new neighborhood I met a group of tough teenagers who would ride their bicycles to a local gym everyday. It was here where I started instructing my high school friends on how they could become more healthy and fit. It just seemed like a natural thing for me to do.
The first two years of my undergraduate education was spent at Rochester Institute of Technology diligently studying Kundalini Yoga with my second "real teacher". Matha Atma Singh was a spiritually enlightened man who had his act together and severely polished on every possible level. Originally his Yoga class was just something I did for gym credit but then Yoga impacted me greatly, more so than my declared major's core curriculum.
I went on to study advanced anatomy and physiology at Quinnipiac University and graduated cum laude in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration.
In 1995, I became a Certified Personal Trainer and opened my own Private Studio shortly thereafter. My students' results were amazing and far beyond the typical norm. I was consecutively ranked "elite" by the personal training industry's leading membership organizations year after year.
After suffering a broken collarbone in 1997, I turned to Yoga full time for my own personal workouts. YOGA was the only thing that could completely and totally rehabilitate my whole self.
In 2001, I graduated from the Kripalu School of Yoga's Teacher Training Program and was immediately outfitted with the professional skills needed to dramatically change almost anyone's health. For me, this was more than a basic 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification; it was an incredible awaking to my future passion and life's work.
Kripalu was the place I met my first guru, Yoganand Michael Carroll. Yoganand was much more than your expert master yoga teacher and extremely hard on me. He laid the proper foundation by demanding the best from me and personally checked all my professional work for exceptional quality.
In 2002, I became a National Academy of Sports Medicine, Performance Enhancement Specialist. This post-graduate advanced educational program turned my game up quite a few notches and helped me rehabilitate many individual's musculoskeletal, joint and spinal injuries.
Sometime before the new millennium, my life was seriously impacted by another great teacher. John was a noncommercial qigong (energy) master who was taught overseas in the Orient. His parents realized that he was "special" and sent him away to live and study with "the masters" at a very young age. After seeing the light in me, John trained me numerous times in my private studio and by the ocean. He helped me perfect my many uncommon energetic healing gifts and passed most of his knowledge on before leaving this earth. John did this because he had a good idea of what I would be doing with his advanced energetic teachings.
I needed to replenish my vital spiritual energy in 2005, so I checked out of Connecticut and into four of New York City's most acclaimed Yoga studios. I was enjoying classes with some of the best teachers alive in the US until I decided to get serious with one of them. I connected with Sri Dharma Mittra, my second guru at this time. Dharma drilled his students upside down, backwards and inside out. My second 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program was a powerful spiritual experience that gave me a new higher awareness and the connected energy I was looking for.
Today, I am currently teaching in my Norwalk, CT studio and specializing in Dharma Yoga and the therapeutic effects of Gentle and Rehabilitative Yoga. I have completed the Kripalu 500-hour (4/2008) and Dharma Mittra 500-hour (10/2008) and 800-hour (6/2013) Advanced Teacher Training Programs, with a specialization in yoga nidra and advanced mudra, mantra and pranayama.
I have serviced over 10,000 Private Customized Hatha Yoga Sessions.
Presently, I am enrolled in the Kripalu School of Ayurveda - 650-Hour, Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification Program, a unique immersion experience with the oldest health-care system in the world and leading expert teachers. With a focus on lifestyle wisdom, nutrition, herbology, pathology, pulse analysis, clinical assessment and holistic natural therapies this advanced training is sharpening my professional healing skills and helping me optimize my students physical, mental and spiritual health from a sister science of yoga - Ayurvedic perspective.
I enjoy hiking mountains, swimming in the ocean and being with my wife and two sons.
Yogi Brian Buturla
Yoga Alliance, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500)