In His Own Words…

All Over the Mat

“The things I see in class are unbelievable. I should have a GoPro [camera] strapped to my chest. Once there was a guy in a balancing pose—an eagle—and he’s going all over the place, grabbing the wall, having a dialogue with himself, shaking his head, laughing. I’m like, ‘I love you to death. There’s so much going on here. I don’t know what exactly it is.’ Then, the person to his right is stone-cold and hyperfocused. There is laughter. Yelling sometimes. There is some singing. There is getting up and leaving sometimes.”

The Gender Divide

“A lot of men think it’s just rolling around and stretching on a mat. I meet a lot of husbands and boyfriends who get their eyes opened to what hot power yoga is, and they say, ‘Whoa, this is not like anything I have ever experienced.’ The misconception is that they don’t get a good workout, [that] it’s for women, [that] it’s not intense.”

Pick A Style

“There are so many different yoga practices out there. I relate to this style of power yoga because I like the physicality of it. Some people may value hatha, a restorative approach, where it is more stretching poses. There are different focuses and disciplines. Whatever you want from a yoga practice, you can get.”

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Transformations

“I work with a gentleman whose wife thought it would be a good idea for him to do yoga. He was super tight, and heavier. He has been practicing close to a year and a half. Now he can do things that he never thought his body could do. He absolutely loves it. He tells me, ‘Marcus, you are changing a whole bunch of lives.’ I have a hard time hearing that or believing it’s true. That’s a huge compliment. I just give people space, and help them see what they already know.”

Love It or Leave It

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“People come and go. There is room for all of it. There is that person like me…I know I’m going to do this for the rest of my life. There is that person who wants to do yoga to help them perform better in ‘X,’ or they are super stressed so they use yoga as a tool to help them de-stress. Then there is a person who is going to step onto a mat and hate it and never come back.”