“My mantra is, “Practice manifests opportunities where we once saw only obstacles” (YD, 2003). In other words, within the DNA of the obstacle itself lies the opportunity, which is uncovered through self-awareness, mindfulness, and daily practice.”
Tell us about your early roots in your practice of choice
I first was introduced to yoga by a teammate of mine, while playing basketball at Grand Canyon University. I would pay attention to him while he was practicing certain poses and ask questions, but I wasn’t yet flexible enough to participate myself. After graduating from college, I focused on developing my yoga practice in Arizona and gained my certification in 2003.
What inspires you in your practice?
I’m inspired by sharing in the experience of cultivating space and developing sensitivity to learning the best recovery methods that keep us optimal and healthy.
What are valuable lessons learned from your training?
My mantra is, “Practice manifests opportunities where we once saw only obstacles” (YD, 2003). In other words, within the DNA of the obstacle itself lies the opportunity, which can be uncovered through self-awareness, mindfulness, and daily practice.
What are some other classes you enjoy at Rise?
SAUNA SESSIONS with Jonathan & TURF ONE with Kurt
What does social wellness mean to you?
Social Wellness has been my life passion ever since I discovered my practice after a severe spinal injury upended my basketball career. I was able to fully heal my body with the SPROGA (Sports Performance Recovery) practice that I developed. SPROGA is the recovery antidote to FIGHT, FLIGHT, & TURF; it keeps us well-balanced and results in the ultimate wellness experience when combined with movement.