Yoga came to me at the perfect time. I was a senior undergrad at UMaine, struggling to meet all my commitments along with my peers. There was a yoga class offered on campus, twice a week in the evenings. My friends took it and highly recommended it. After some hem-hawing about the time commitment, I finally signed up. Game changer. Terry, the owner of OmLand, taught this class and it quickly became my favorite part of the week. Not only did he challenge me physically but he made it fun, interesting, and my stress levels were always significantly reduced. That was in 2009 and I’ve been practicing yoga ever since.
I love yoga because it’ helps my body, mind and soul. I love being active. Trail running, biking, lifting, skiing, group fitness, sports, etc. You name it and I’ll at least try it… well, maybe not downhill mountain biking and open-water swimming is hard, but you get the picture. I have found if I practice yoga at least once a week, my performance is always better and my body is happier. Or is that my mind… hard to say sometimes but either way it’s good. Even more importantly, yoga presented me with tools to develop more mental and emotional strength. Tools I use regularly at home at work as a Professional Engineer.
I started to teach yoga in 2014 to share all that I had learned and to continue learning. My goal as a teacher is to empower my students to feel confident with their abilities and explore their potential for growth. I also hope students take what they learn from yoga and apply it to their daily lives like I have, such as finding comfort in uncomfortable situations. I currently have my 200-hour RTY training in hatha yoga and will do a 500-hour training sometime in the future. In the meantime, I continue to learn from other teachers, books, workshops, and of course my students.