Meet Gary!

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What is your favorite pose?My pose is half-moon, because it engages almost every muscle in the body. It tests strength, balance, coordination, stability, and it opens the hips and shoulders. It's also a great transitional pose and a lot of fun to play around in!
 

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? My favorite place was Costa Rica. I loved the local vibe, being surrounded by rainforest, and feeling life slow down. Everything was so simple there. It was a casual yet powerful reminder to me of what really matters. Not to mention, sunset yin at an outdoor shala surrounded by lush rainforest is pretty hard to beat.
 

What do you like to do for fun?My motto is: I'll try anything twice! I strive to be well-rounded, so in my spare time you might find me: traveling, cooking, baking, biking, running, swimming, hiking, taking a local yoga class, reading, writing, playing guitar, listening to some acid jazz over a good glass of red wine, etc. There's so much in life to enjoy, why just have one hobby?!  

                           

What effect has your yoga practice had on your life?Yoga has had the most profound impact on me off the mat. Through the practice, I liberated myself from the affliction of chasing perfectionism that had plagued me for so long. I tightened up while learning to loosen up, haha, and found a beauty in my imperfections. This allowed me to become a more authentic version of myself and taught me how to make space for and truly connect with other people. At the end of every class I always say, "You never have to be perfect, you just have to be present." These are words I now live by. 
 

Why should men do yoga? Men, in particular, often have misconceptions about yoga... I know I did before first stepping on a mat. I thought I knew what core strength was until the first week I practiced! I quickly learned that you don't have to be flexible to do yoga, and I wasn't as strong as I thought! I maintain that whatever you do, yoga will make you better at it! Men typically involve themselves with "yang" activities so the meditative and restorative characters of the practice help create balance between the mind / body / spirit. That balance is not something you'll find with any other activity.

 

What do people not know about you? Most people outside of the yoga studio don’t know I’m a yoga and pilates teacher. Most people don’t know how much I’ve traveled—as a child and as an adult. Most people don’t know that my husband and I collect (and drink) really good wine! Most people don’t know that my husband, Mike, took his first yoga class because he lost a bet on a football game. He came to one class and loved it!