Official Website of Nick Fortino: Psychology Professor, Yoga Teacher, Researcher, Writer


I’m in love with life. Its beauty, magic, and mystery fill me with reverence. Being here feels miraculous. I also despair at the abominable behavior of humankind. Historically and presently, we are horrifically irresponsible. People exploit, kill, squander, traumatize, and deceive one another, other innocent creatures, and the pristine environment.

A constant focus in my personal development is to perceive, with increasing clarity, the highest and lowest aspects of myself and collective humanity. The state of our affairs brings me great joy and great sorrow. I dance hard, laugh often, nurture connection with people, and operate by life-enhancing principles. At the same time, I cannot pretend that the magnitude of our irresponsibleness does not terrify and depress me. Yet even my despair is rooted in a basic love for life.

I am life and I love life. I am life loving life. I love life so much that I am eager to look into the ugly face of those personal and collective human tendencies which betray and dishonor life, and I am resolved to expose and evolve beyond such tendencies. I aspire to live intentionally... purposefully... consciously. I find great meaning in supporting others in their individual evolution. Part of how I offer this support is through teaching psychology and Yoga.

I teach Yoga in many settings including the college classroom, studios between Gilroy and Willow Glen, major fitness centers, and in my home. I teach psychology for three colleges: Gavilan College, San Jose City College, and Cogswell Polytechnical College. I love to be part of conversations about yoga, psychology, and especially the connection between them, so contact me if you want to start one, and/or if you are interested in collaborating on a project. 

We really are in this life together. Thank you for visiting this website.    




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