Master Gabriel Azoulay was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel.
At the age of 17, he moved to North Carolina, USA and at the age of 20, a book by Tom Robbins sparked his interest in India's religious studies. His first book on yoga was Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. From there Master Gabriel embarked on a yogic journey that continues to this day. Throughout the years he has accumulated and attended various yoga and bodywork trainings, developed and led teacher trainings, supported, collaborated and consulted on the creation of national and international yoga studios and programs.
Master Gabriel spent almost 2 years practicing daily with renowned Ashtanga teacher, Tim Miller.
In 2004, he set out for Thailand to study with Thai Massage master Pichest Boonthumme who became his primary teacher. While in Thailand, he was instrumental in developing the first Hot Yoga Teacher Training for Absolute Yoga, Asia's largest yoga company.
On his first trip to Mysore, India, he studied with back bending master Vinay Kumar and led regular Ashtanga workshops and intensives and daily Yin yoga practices out of his home. He also practiced with Thai Massage teacher Enzo Coribello. It was during that time that Master Gabriel was inspired to take his practice in a new direction, which eventually led to the evolution of Thai Yoga; a yoga practice designed for two people, inspired from traditional Thai Massage. This new yogic direction became a reality when Rejuvenation Thai Massage and Yoga Center in Scottsdale, Arizona opened in October 2007. After 12 months of operation, Rejuvenation Center decided to shift its business direction with the creation of the Edge Body System, a unique system founded on the principles of yoga and Thai Massage that was developed, tested and applied at the Rejuvenation Center.
While sharing the healing power of Thai Massage, Master Gabriel found out about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and spent 2 years to complete both their Health Coach Program and their Immersion Training.
As the Director of Programs and Teacher Training with Intentional Yoga in Michigan, Master Gabriel was able to codify his style of teaching with his Bikyasa and Ashtanga-Vinyasa sequences and programs.
Ever the student Master Gabriel continues to expand his teaching, practice and learning through master teachers, books, the internet and quiet meditation. His extensive background in practice, teaching and training are well-known for their ability to enhance a teacher's knowledge and inspire his students' practice, skills and talent. His book on yoga, Breath: the Yogic Prime sheds light on the experiences he and his students have shared both on and off the mat.
While Master Gabriel credits Pichest Boonthumme as his major influence on Thai Yoga, he credits Tim Miller, Anthony 'Prem' Carlisi, Lisa Schrempp, David Deida and Vincenzo 'Enzo' Coribello for influencing his yoga practice, teaching and approaches to the mat.