Tell us when you first started doing yoga.
I first got into yoga in 2006 as a PE class in college and over the years transitioned from a casual practitioner into a more serious one.
If someone wants to take your class, where can they find you?
I primarily practice and teach at the Arlington Yoga Center, which I run with my wife, though I also teach yoga classes at UT Arlington and a local recreation center.
What style yoga do you teach? Do you have a favorite pose?
My biggest teacher and influence is Dharma Mittra and so I almost exclusively teach and practice Dharma yoga. I don’t know if I can really pick a favorite pose… but one that I particularly like is a Shoulderstand. It’s a relatively simple pose that really helps to focus and quiet the mind while benefiting the body at the same time.
Do you think there are any advantages or disadvantages of being a male instructor?
I would say one nice advantage to being a male instructor is that other men sometimes feel more comfortable with another guy leading the class. Starting a new practice can be awkward, and sometimes it’s less intimidating to have a teacher with whom you can easily relate.
How do other people perceive you outside of the yoga community being a male instructor?
Well…there some people who think my job is kind of odd, of course, but I think most people see me as just a laid back, kind of open-minded guy. It is funny though because I get asked a lot if there are many of us.
What advice do you have for other men who are thinking about getting into yoga?
I’d say just jump in! Whether you’re starting out brand new or deepening your practice, the only way to grow is through experience – so take advantage of as many opportunities as you can!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I would just like to say thank you for your practice. I think we all would like to see our world continue to change for the better and the way to do that is to start within. Every moment we spend being mindful of ourselves and our interactions with the world around us is a step toward a better future and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.