My love for yoga started approximately 2009. One random morning I could not sleep and began channel surfing. I came across Adrienne Reed’s yoga class on PBS. I loved watching it! For years, I watched it, talked about it, and even bought DVDs about yoga. I became really good at watching yoga on PBS at 5:00 a.m. from a warm, cozy bed. I even listed yoga as an interest on Facebook.
But I never practiced….
My exercise routine consisted of gym work for 2-3 months, and a period of inactivity for 6-10 months, repeat ad nauseam. There was no consistency; and as I grew older, I slowly gained more and more weight.
In 2013, a coworker invited me to a local restorative yoga class. Two days before, my path serendipitously crossed with Haley Bevers while at work. The day I met her, I was so fragmented I could barely complete a sentence. I told her I hoped my first yoga class calmed me down. I had no idea she owned a yoga studio! We immediately became friends.
My first class at The Yoga Stand was with Starr Hancock, and there were several people in the class I knew. I felt like I instantly belonged. I felt like I was instantly accepted, in all my inadequacy. Since then, I have been practicing 3-4 times a week and have dropped 40 lbs. But more importantly, I have found consistency in my workout regimen.
In January of 2015, I enrolled and was accepted into The Yoga Stand’s Teacher Training Program to become a 200 hour Certified Yoga Instructor. I began teaching in May of the same year…quite a change from watching yoga on tv.
My goal as a teacher is to meet a student where they are and facilitate an advancement in their personal practice. I want new yogis to feel welcomed and accepted; I want to help advanced yogis meet their individual goals. I hope to learn and grow as a teacher and student daily.
Greg is 200 HR RYT Certified through The Yoga Stand Teacher Training School.