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Dan Coogan

tutor, Iyengar yoga teacher

Dan has been tutoring academic subjects and standardized tests for over a decade. Dan attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in philosophy and German and minored in ancient Greek, with a focus on the works of Plato and Nietzsche. After graduating, Dan taught English in Hamburg, Germany before moving to New York City. Dan attended the New York University School of Law and worked as a tax lawyer at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP before devoting himself to teaching and tutoring. In addition to tutoring for Zinc, Dan is a teacher and practitioner of Iyengar yoga. He is a faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institutes of New York and spends a month every (non-pandemic) year in Pune, India, to study yoga with the Iyengar family.

…a text I love to teach

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. In just the first few pages, Hesse describes his protagonist’s dilemma with prose that is tight and sparse but still rich with imagery.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

Studying abroad in Freiburg, Germany, I was lucky to spend a lot of time in the foothills of the Black Forest. The trails outside Freiburg have a magical quality to them, and it’s hard not to imagine the Grimm Brothers’ creatures running around behind trees and in the shadows.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Socrates, Friedrich Nietzsche, Iris Murdoch, Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Kanye West (pre-2016), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, BKS Iyengar

…something I can’t stop thinking about

How to prevent internet technology’s endless stream of diversion from pervading my day-to-day life, and the lives of my students.