I first tried a yoga class in my early 50’s, so I’m not what you would call an early starter. I signed-up for to an 8-week beginner’s course hoping to ease some general body stiffness accumulated over a life of moderate but constant sport and exercise, all done with no real body awareness. I was also hoping yoga may be a sort of relief valve for the stresses I generated in my job.
For a while I felt I had been looking for something to give my life more purpose. I had previously sought satisfaction through buying new things and them selling them when they didn’t fill the missing something in my life. Maybe I was suffering from what has been described as “Affluenza”; loosely defined as buying things we don’t need and can’t afford to impress other people (who we may not even like).
Along came yoga, and my once a week class grew into several classes a week and, with mindful guidance by my teacher, on to pranayamah and meditation. I had found that “something” I was looking for and followed its path to my Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training in mid-2013.
I met Jac in 2014 at a yoga teacher’s workshop and thought the Antigravity yoga Jac was offering sounded interesting. Tried a class and loved it! Fun, challenging, opening and accessible; perfect. Going back again and again morphed into me doing my Antigravity Yoga Teacher Training in early 2016 and I’m now very lucky to be able to teach with and learn from Jac.
There has been no one or series of life challenges that brought me to yoga. I was and still am a very middle class, suburban male who enjoyed a moderate degree of career success and has usually been fairly healthy but never very athletic or flexible. Yoga has and continues to give me a healthy and fulfilling focus for my energy, both physically and mentally. Now, as a yoga teacher, I am grateful to be in a position where I can introduce and guide others along the same path.