Occupation: I work as a yoga instructor, stay-at-home dad, and a sales rep at Run For Your Life.
Neighborhood in Charlotte: Plaza Midwood
How long have you been doing yoga? I've been doing yoga for eight years now. I’ve been a long-distance runner for over 20 years, and I’ve completed numerous triathlons as well. Over time the wear and tear on my body caused lower back and hamstring pain that simply wouldn’t go away. After a myriad of medical options that were largely unsuccessful, my wife finally dragged me to a yoga class—at the venerable Yoga One in Charlotte, which became my home away from home—for the first time. Later, after I had committed to yoga fully, my aches and pains slowly went away.
How long have you been a yoga instructor? I went through teacher training in 2011. My love of yoga, and my belief in its results, led me to enter teacher training at Yoga One, the studio where I had spent the bulk of my time practicing. Once I had completed my 200-hour teacher certification training there I knew what my calling was: to make yoga more approachable, especially for the uninitiated.
Which yoga classes do you teach (both brewery yoga and non-brewery yoga)? I teach at Pure Pizza, Triple C Brewing, Run For Your Life (both locations), and occasionally the U.S. National Whitewater Center. I also teach corporate classes with JLL Management.
What made you start doing yoga? I was training for a Half Ironman competition, and my body was TIGHT. I got into yoga because it felt so much better for my body than just beating it up all the time. I leaned down and lost weight doing yoga, and I never wanted to stop! Now, I take pride in teaching everyday yoga for everyday people. I just want people to have a good time and feel better when they leave my class.
What’s your favorite part of teaching brewery yoga? The camaraderie of the class. I really get to see relationships develop within the class as people form friendships and get to know one another. It's fun to see those relationships grow. It's a more laid back community, where people are willing to try new things and get outside of their comfort zones.
What has been the most challenging part of teaching yoga for you? When I first started teaching, if it was a small class, I'd think "Man, people don't like me." But that's not the case, of course! Times aren't always convenient for everyone. It's not me!
Which is your favorite yoga pose? Tadasana, or Mountain Pose. Reaching, stretching, looking up!
What’s one thing you would want to tell somebody who was considering attending a brewery yoga class? Try it out! And try as many as you can, because they are all different. You'll find the one that's right for you.
What’s your favorite beer in Charlotte? Triple C's Chocolate Pretzel Stout.