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Teacher certification:

Cleveland Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training

Hometown: Cleveland (Pepper Pike)

How many years have you practiced yoga: 10 years

Favorite yoga pose: Running Man or Wild Thing

Words to live by: Don't let the fear of what if ruin the joy of what is

Why did you start practicing yoga: I was doing P90X with my roommates in college and it was a part of the program! Tony Horton!

Mantra or daily affirmation: I can do hard things

Favorite book: The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

What informs your practice: My breath during each practice sets the tone

Your advice for beginner yogis: Start with a friend and set your only expectations to be to learn, to feel free, and to breathe.

3 words to describe you: Routine-oriented, dedicated, introverted

The pose that challenges you the most: Skandasana - I can never keep my bent leg's heel grounded!

The best advice you've ever received: Don't worry about things you can't control.

What's your teaching style: Rhythmic, organized, & powerful!

What do you do for fun: My wife, Rachel, and I are big into social media, particularly Instagram! I run a foodie/yoga page (@ClevelandFoodAndFlow) and then we collectively run a page for our mini golden doodle, Luna (@LunaTheDoodette). We've made so many great relationships with local restaurants, businesses, and new friends through the platform and have even been featured on local and national news platforms!

What are you most grateful for: Family and my health, although it feels like my body aches more and more with every passing year!

What brings you peace: The first 10-15 breaths in child's pose on my mat at the start of every practice!

Where is your happy place: The yoga studio and anywhere my son, Mackenzie is!

Who/what inspires you the most: Watching my son grow every day and knowing that everything I do in life is to give him the best opportunity to succeed with everything he will try.

Instagram handle: @ClevelandFoodAndFlow

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