YOGI OF THE MONTH
March 2018 - Art Gilbert
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
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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
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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
March 2014 - Debi Isbrandtsen
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January 2014 - Susan and Bob Wayland
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