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Before returning to California to teach in 1973, I studied yoga in India for seven years with T.K.V. Desikachar, the son of renowned yogi Krishnamacharya. Back then, when I was building a teaching practice, hardly anyone had heard of the word yoga. In fact, most people could hardly pronounce the word. Today, yoga is practiced in America by millions on a daily basis. What I discovered as a yoga teacher was that despite my excellent training, yoga did not adequately address the difficult psychological problems that most of my students brought to me. In my own case, yoga was a wonderful discipline for my physical health, but not the right tool for developing the psychological strength that I needed for my own self-recovery and spiritual healing. For many years, I continued to search for what I sensed was missing in my understanding of myself. My search ended when I found the Enneagram, a groundbreaking, new discovery about human character, and its basic operations. As making a living as a Yoga teacher was very difficult in the 70's, and I had a growing family to support, I decided to go into business. I helped to create a successful computer business, Sun-Flex Company, (Inc. Magazine's 26th fastest growing company, 1984). Eventually, my partners and I sold Sun-Flex, which provided me, and my wife, Olivia, the time and resources to delve into archetypal psychology in general, and the Enneagram in particular. In 1992, we began a ten-year process of developing Relationship Renaissance; a unique interactive method of life coaching that utilizes Enneagram wisdom in a unique and very accessible way.