brought you to Intent Yoga Center?
Physical therapist, trainers, chiropractors and medical
doctors all recommended yoga as a great way for me to rehabilitate
an old hamstring injury. The biking and running I was doing
only seemed to aggravate and tighten my hamstring more,
so over the summer I contacted Jean about scheduling some
private yoga sessions. Time and again those providing various
therapies told me I needed to gain flexibility, strength
and stamina in my hamstring before it would heal properly.
benefits have you gained from yoga?
Yoga provides what my body needs in order to heal. As I
gain flexibility in one area of my body I realize other
areas open up. I’ve increased flexibility in my ankles,
shoulders and spine all of which will affect my game in
a tremendous way. As an athlete, basketball is easy for
me, but yoga is hard. My competitive nature is to push myself
into the poses rather than relax. Yoga has taught me that
sometimes in order to accomplish more I should try less.
During the last 6 weeks I’ve developed a greater awareness
of the challenges of learning something new. I am better
able to adapt to changes, whether it’s the change
of moving from one posture to another or uprooting and moving
across the country to a temporary home in the Boston area.
Yoga reduces my stress level and cultivates a feeling of
connection which helps my communication skills with my wife
and business partners. I believe yoga will help me be a
better husband, father, businessman and basketball player.
inspires you to continue with your practice?
Yoga keeps me centered. Traveling all over the country playing
82 basketball games during the regular season, 4 games in
5 nights takes its toll on my body. The travel schedule
takes me out of my comfort zone. Yoga has taught me to stay
connected to my breath in order to adapt to the rigorous
schedule and disruptions of my daily routine. It’s
hard to describe all of the benefits you will gain from
yoga it really must be experienced.
How do you "practice lightly on the earth"?
I believe in supporting local businesses and therefore shop
locally. My wife and I enjoy living in town which keeps
us out of the car and walking or biking to yoga, the bank,
grocery stores and restaurants. I have a greater awareness
of the importance of organics and purchase organic fruits
and vegetables when available. I certainly feel the difference
in my body.
are your favorite poses?
Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana), Warrior I (Virabidrasana
I) , Supported Plow (Halasana) and Corpse Pose (Savasana)