Today was my first yoga class at UpDog Yoga in Athens - what a great experience! I started yoga about a year ago at our gym in Memphis, but haven't been to a class since we moved here in April. My daughter sent me information about UpDog Yoga and I decided to give it a try. It was a small group today, so I was initially nervous (and out of yoga shape), but everyone was so welcoming and encouraging, which put me right at ease. Steffan is a very knowledgeable instructor - with a quiet, purposeful style. While some of the poses were new to me, between Steffan and the other “yogis”, I was able to follow along. I used to plan my weekly schedule around yoga days, and I look forward to doing that again here! Today was a great reminder of how much I need yoga, how much I've missed it, and how good it is for you. Thank you, Steffan - I'll definitely be back!
My journey into eastern arts and philosophy began in 1972 with Kung Fu the TV series. My 30 year study of Kung Fu and Tai Chi led me to the study of exercise physiology and kinesiology and a career in the health club industry as a fitness trainer and consultant and eventually a health club owner. In 2002 my wife talked me into attending her yoga class and I fell in love with it. After reading 40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste, I was inspired to intensify my study and practice. Several teachers have had a profound effect on my practice, particularly Rodney Yee and Bruce Bowditch, a longtime student of John Friend.
Bruce Bowditch guided me into the understanding of how to apply my knowledge of body alignment and physical structure from my years of martial arts study into my yoga practice and teaching. I frequently use my knowledge of Chinese healing arts to help students therapeutically with sports injuries and physical limitations.