Favorite inspirational quote: Depends on what day you ask me really. I have so many! As of late, “Dance in the Rain”. It implies that we can find good in all things.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? Quincy, MA – in 1980 at the local YMCA. It was the first time I realized that I could bring calm and peace into my being.
What / who inspires you? My children, Yoga teachers that stay genuine and true and committed to the practice.
What I love most about yoga is: Yoga not only helps me feel more confident physically, it strengthens me spiritually. I walk through life with more confidence, optimism, self awareness and with a more positive joyful attitude.
What you can’t live without? My children. They are my greatest teachers and no one can make my belly laugh the way they do.
What you might not know about me: I once was a Color Guard in a Marching Band.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): “Make it Good”. Whenever I find myself having an especially bad day, I try to pause and think about what’s gone well that day. What happened that was good. What’s good about my life. When I do I find it shifts my whole perspective.
My favorite book: Again, so many! A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield, and “How Yoga Works” by Christie McNally and Michael Roach
Favorite Word: “Grace”
Local escape: Hopkinton State Park
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Watching the sunset preferably by the ocean.
Favorite inspirational quote: You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? At my Mom’s (Shawn Shaw) first studio in our house(converted bedroom – yoga studio)
What / who inspires you? My mother-( my first yoga teacher), my sister because she exudes confidence, Johnny and Diana from Empowered Yoga and Bob Marley for his world views and perspective on people, love and life.
What I love most about yoga is: I can feel like I’ve eliminated the bad, and added the good.
What you can’t live without? Music, guitar, yoga and working out…ice cream!
What you might not know about me: I still love to be on my skateboard.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken!
My favorite book: “Where the wild things are”.
Favorite Word: Infectious
Local escape: After the yoga studio(Metrowest of course) ..The Ashland Res
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Play my guitar
Favorite inspirational quote: Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? First Yoga class was an Iyengar Class in September 1997, New Directions Yoga Studio in Brookline, Teacher Roni Brissette - she studied w/Patricia Walden.
What /who inspires you? Watching people grow and transform and share in their experience.
What I love most about yoga is: The way it has made me connect physically, emotionally, and spiritually with myself. It has also allowed me to stay in the moment and speak my truth.
What you can’t live without? My life partner Maureen and my yoga practice.
What you might not know about me: I have a twin sister.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Be yourself and doubt your doubts – my teacher and mentor Shawn Shaw
Favorite Book: Don’t really have a favorite book.
Favorite Word: Truth
Local escape: Arboretum in Jamaica Plain
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Take long walks, people watch, bike ride, hike and sit on the beach.
Favorite inspirational quote: But For the Grace of God, there go I
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? 2010 Mystic Fitness and I think the teachers name was Mimi
What / who inspires you? Family, friends and nature
What I love most about yoga is: How it gets me out of my own head. The only thing that really matters on your mat is your breath.
What you can’t live without? Animals
What you might not know about me: I almost didn’t go to the retreat in Costa Rica due to my fear of bugs. I got hypnotized and it helped but I am still fairly irrational about it.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Get honest, first with yourself because without that you can never be real to anyone else. Shirley Waller
My favorite book: I honestly don’t read that much. I prefer music.
Favorite Word: The truth would not be appropriate. Second runner up Serenity
Local escape: My sister’s backyard just being lazy by the pool
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Travel
Favorite inspirational quote:From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. –Luke 12:48.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? I began exploring yoga independently at a very young age, but my first yoga class was at a small home studio in Beverly, Massachusetts. I instantly fell in love.
What / who inspires you? My husband, my daughter, and my parents. Additionally, I work in mental health and find my clients to be very inspiring. I feel constantly moved by working with people through their struggles and witnessing their strength and resilience.
What you can’t live without? Music and my husband’s cooking.
What you might not know about me: I studied math in college and taught high school math for a few years. And then I somehow ended up a mental health counselor and music therapist.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?) I’m not sure I have one piece of advice, but I grew up in the military, and many of those values have helped pushed me forward throughout different experiences in my life.
My favorite book: Captivating—John & Stasi Eldredge. Also, one of my favorite yoga books is The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone.
Favorite Word:Tigress. I had a very vivid dream of a tiger when I was in my early 20’s. In the dream I heard, “be a graceful tiger leader.” The tigress has been a very meaningful image for me since.
Local escape: I actually love the Worcester Airport. I often run or drive up there to clear my head and enjoy the view. It’s the closest I can get to my Arizona mountains!
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I’m an avid distance runner, so I love turning up loud music and going for a long run. I love local races; half marathons are my favorite to race. Of course, spending time with my husband and my daughter is also at the top of the list. And I can’t leave out my secret passion for New York Times crossword puzzles.
When/Where/With whom was your first yoga class: I had been practicing on my own from books for a couple of years before I took my first yoga class in 2000. It was with my friend, Erin Abrams, at her small Anusara yoga studio in Sturbridge, MA. Erin taught me the importance of proper alignment in the postures, and more importantly, that your yoga practice can be a life-affirming joyful celebration.
What and who inspires me: I’m inspired when I think about the strength and courage my Mom had as she raised me and my two brothers on her own, and by my wife, Kelly, whose constant grace always amazes me.
What I love most about yoga: It is what I take with me off the mat, which is a mind that is more clear and still, a physical body that has been strengthened and integrated, and a heightened intuition that helps me to more consistently feel a divine presence in my life.
What I can’t live without: Music
What you might not know about me: I am a stay-at-home Dad for my four year old son, Gary, and my little girl, Annalee, who is almost a year old.
Best advice I ever received: From my Aunt Nancy when she was terminally ill. She told me, Find someone to love and let that person love you.
Favorite book: Too many to name. I did just finish Life of Pi. The books On my nightstand right now are: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gate
Favorite local escape: Lake Boon in Stow, MA where my Mom lives.
Favorite inspirational quote: He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty. - Lao Tzu
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? My first yoga class was a Wednesday night gentle restorative class at Metrowest in Westboro in 2010.
What / who inspires you? People who are passionate about helping others
What I love most about yoga is: Nothing else brings me closer to peace and contentment!
What you can’t live without? Being able to see, I am a visual person and I can't live without being able to draw or appreciate art.
What you might not know about me: I love museums.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): My parents regularly tell me to be grateful for what I have!
My favorite book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Favorite Word: Zen
Local escape: Burlington, VT
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Going for long walks or hikes
Hometown: Easton, MA
Favorite Inspirational Quote: Everything is going to be ok.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? South Boston, MA. I don’t remember the name of the studio but it closed in 2004. Jacqui Bonwell was my first teacher and is still my favorite teacher. How cool is that?
What/who inspires you? The vast abundance of amazing yoga teachers that are in the area, the funny funny people floating around on the internet, macro photography, bugs, bonsai, my home and everyone who lives there. Oh and reddit/awww.
What I love most about yoga is: Finding myself laughing at some silly podcast while sitting in traffic. 10 years ago I would have been simmering with frustration.
What you can’t live without? Don’t really have anything. I love my stuff and the people around me but I think the human spirit can carry on with any change. Ok I’d be really bummed out without pizza.
What you might not know about me: I fold towels and laundry really really well. Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): My friend Aaron has given me so much that I cant even think of one thing.
My favorite book: Contact by Carl Sagan if you had to twist my arm, but Douglas Adams if I want to laugh.
Favorite Word: Luminous
Local Escape: Right now, Wingaersheek beach.
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Have a day that does not have anything scheduled.