I moved to Alaska over 30 years ago to attend the University of Alaska. I love backcountry adventures in the mountains, long distance running and cross-country skiing. I recruit physicians and medical providers to Alaska. I’ve had my 200 hour YTT certification since 2012.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A Broga® INSTRUCTOR?
I recently came back very disappointed from a yoga teacher training and told a friend I wanted to create a power flow yoga workout with some core work and HIIT mixed in and a day or two later I received Adam’s email on the December Broga® training. I thought the term sounded a little corny but all of the foundational principles REALLY resonated with me: good workout, plain cuing language, think and teach from the perspective of the man or woman stepping into a class for the first time. It all made sense and I jumped in without thinking twice.
WHAT SONG GETS YOUR CLASS PUMPED UP DURING THE H.I.I.T. PORTION OF THE CLASS?
For the HIIT my current step it up tune is Good To Be Alive by Andy Grammer.
HAVE YOU RUN INTO ANY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT Broga® AND HOW HAVE YOU RESPONDED?
I am careful to always let women know they are welcome too. For the most part I’ve had a very enthusiastic response from students who tried out the class.
WHERE DO YOU TEACH AND WHAT IS YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE? DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL EVENTS OR PROMOTIONS?
I am currently teaching Monday nights at Trax Yoga in Fairbanks. I teach on a rotating schedule once a week after work for our employees at the Tanana Chiefs Conference and I have taught several Broga® inspired classes at Heartstream Yoga while subbing for other instructors.
IN ADDITION Broga®/YOGA WHAT OTHER FITNESS AND HOBBIES DO YOU ENJOY?
Besides Broga® I love a good vinyassa flow with inversions and arm balances and continue to be inspired and learn online from my friend Dylan Werner who is an inversion and balance expert. I enjoy hiking in the backcountry and mountains of Alaska with my wife Amy Johnson. I’ve taken some time off from distance running but will likely make my way back to it. I love landscaping and working with large rock and stone.
WHAT IS THE RATIO OF MEN TO WOMEN IN YOUR CLASS?
At our kick-off Broga® class at Trax on Monday it was a perfect 50-50 split of men and women–12 total. http://www.traxyoga.com/