YOGI OF THE MONTH

March 2018 - Art Gilbert

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What first brought you to yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I got into yoga about 10 years ago to round out my exercise program of cardio and weights. After a few years of weekly yoga classes in Columbia, MD, I began a daily practice at home.  It turns out it’s easy to go feral when you’re just doing yoga on your own, so Susan had her hands full to get my form back into shape when I started at IOY last year.

What is/are your intention(s) for your yoga practice?

Flexibility, strength, and balance. My theory is that it’s easier to maintain than to restore, and yoga has a positive effect in each area.

What is your favorite pose and why?

Figure 4. The stretch you get in the hip muscles feels great, is good for cyclists, and I’ve heard it helps men avoid the “old man shuffle” when they get older. Time will tell!

What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?

Slow Flow. Despite its tranquil name, Susan’s class gives a great total body workout with enough Vinyasa flow to leave me feeling tired but somehow energized.

How has the practice of yoga influenced your life?

I always feel better when I’ve done yoga for the day. I stand a little taller, move a little easier, and when things get stressful I remind myself to “find my drishti.” 

What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?

Don’t worry about looking like a pro when you get started. Nobody’s watching! We’re all fully involved in our own practice.

What is your occupation?

I spent my career in corporate finance and am now mostly retired.

What activities do you enjoy?

Cycling, sailing, Habitat for Humanity, and yoga. Also restoring wooden boats; my wife calls me the “Patron Saint of Lost Boats,” as I seem to be on a pace of restoring one decaying boat a year.  Favorite project: a 1956 mahogany runabout that needed some love when I bought her but now looks pretty swank.

What is your favorite thing about living in the Northern Neck or Middle Peninsula?

Just one? Let’s go with the many outdoor recreational opportunities available without the need to drive an hour or two to get to them.

Is there anything you want to add?

InsideOut Yoga would have been a pretty good answer to the question above!


 

April 2018 - Art Gilbert

March 2018 - Connie Majeski

February 2018 - Amy Maloney

January 2018 - Jen King

December 2017 - Susan Whitlow

November 2017 - Sharon Topping

October 2017 - Betsy and Pete Liljeberg

September 2017 - Lena Okun

August 2017 - Sarah Rae

July 2017 - Gayle Chambers

June 2017 - Liz Seigler

May 2017 - Rita D'Amico

April 2017 - Suzie Beer

March 2017 - Andrea Latell

February 2017 - The Manyak Family

January 2017 - MJ Anderson

December 2016 - Susan Richardson

November 2016 - Vickie and Norm Grimm

October 2016 - Lydia Sellers

September 2016 - Ginger Houck

August 2016 - Ally Childress

July 2016 - Margot Angstrom

June 2016 - Dan Grohowski

May 2016 - Christine Potter

April 2016 - Mary Beth Fox

March 2016 - Liliane and Michael Merrill

February 2016 - Consi Palmer

January 2016 - Scott Witthaus

December 2015 - Missy Reed

November 2015 - Page Wittkamp

October 2015 - Christine Whitaker Wiggins

September 2015 - Jameson Crandall

August 2015 - Pris Regan

July 2015 - CJ Carter

June 2015 - Nancy Sledd

May 2015 - Cherie Kazenske

April 2015 - Eva Abel

March 2015 - Pamela Witthaus

February 2015 - Corey Hassman

January 2015 - Adrianne Bugg

December 2014 - Kimberly Vail

November 2014 - Julie Perkins

October 2014 - Cathy Mecke

September 2014 - Kae Kindle

August 2014 - Hatley Bright

July 2014 - Maureen Lynch

June 2014 - Davy Nichols

May 2014 - Caroline Shifflett

April 2014 - Bob Weekley

March 2014 - Debi Isbrandtsen

February 2014 - Janet Hill

January 2014 - Susan and Bob Wayland

December 2013 - Anna Mendez

November 2013 - Kathy Morchower

October 2013 - Jim Philbrick