I am YogaFit: Greg Weeks13/03/2017
What's Your Day Job?
Businessman, entrepreneur, Segway Tour Guide, Chief Executive Fun Guy, and husband extraordinaire.
What city do you live in?
Beautiful downtown Summerside, on the waterfront of Prince Edward Island. Come visit sometime!
Your Morning Must-Haves?
Fresh fruit, Greek yoghurt, and a kiss from my wife. (sunshine and warmth are also highly desirable)
Your Favourite YogaFit Training?
Level One RETRAIN. It was such a great completion.
The Title of Your Biography?
"Life with Granny; 20 years of learning and loving the culture in Japan" (you should totally ask me about that when you come visit PEI!)
I like the music and the stripped down, athletic framework that I can easily share at the gym. There is certainly no intimidation or pretension involved with my class, but I can ramp up the work sections when needed.
What brought you to your mat?
My sister was throwing away her unused yoga mat and she asked me if I wanted it. I thought it might come in handy for camping or something. Years later I needed it for the course and I've been using it ever since. (does that qualify as attachment, or as non attachment?)
How did you discover YogaFit?
My wife and I had returned from years of living overseas and the adjustment was difficult. Change can be hard and lying on the couch doesn't help either. (Brachmachariya and boxes of doughnuts presented a dichotomy). I joined a gym, lost 67 pounds, won the Best Male Body over 40 competition, and did my Fitness Instruction Specialist certification with Canfitpro. YogaFit was the next logical step for an underutilised corporate trainer.
What made you decide to choose YogaFit as part of your yoga journey?
My wife says that Yoga saved my life; she was going to kill me if I didn't drag my butt off the couch. A couple of hundred bucks for a training seemed easy, in case I absolutely hated it. (surprisingly, I kinda liked it)
Why was Level One: Retrain your favourite YogaFit training?
I never had any intention of doing any course beyond One, but here I am heading towards 300 hours. There's so much learning and development as you do levels One through Five (and the others too) that it's really nice to revisit the basics and where it all started.
What has been the impact of your yoga teacher training in your life and in the lives of those you teach?
The day after completing Level One, the yoga teacher at the gym called in sick and the owner pushed me into covering. I have been teaching classes there ever since; sharing stretching and feeling awesome with gym members, community partners, and visitors. I enjoy leading others towards their goals of weight loss, well being, and overall fitness. I have also taught classes with Health PEI and many local schools. I'm now a lean, mean, Yoga teaching machine.
What's your favourite YogaFit memory?
I really like the travel. I have done Yogafit Trainings in New Brunswick (once), Nova Scotia (maybe 6 or 7 times), Quebec (3 or 4 times), and Ontario (3 times). All those great YogaFit Canada Instructors REALLY get around!
When you look forward, what does your yoga journey look like?
Yoga is very light carry on baggage so I take it with me everywhere. I've enjoyed yoga in Palm Springs, Vancouver, and Costa Rica the last couple of years. We are hoping to have the opportunity to spread more yoga love at many other studios in the next few years both on Prince Edward Island and in Costa Rica (definitely come visit there!)
Give us one of your favourite, go-to cues you use to teach your students.
I like to keep it fun and playful in class: "ok, everybody, sliding back into Downward Dog, and just really getting your ass up nice and high towards the sky. That's it. Letting go of judgment. No one can see your butt now anyways!"
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