My journey began in the fifth grade after my ankle was broken by a football teammate during practice giving me a crash course in what it is like to lose a starting role, cry over the pain, learn everyone is replaceable and find that other talents exist within ourselves upon further reflection. Then, around age twenty I developed shingles from too much stress while finishing college and did not find a long term solution to handling stress until two years later, upon finishing college with a degree in computer science, during a L Brands work assignment at a Lululemon store where I was introduced to trying vinyasa yoga.
Did you get any time to reflect on how far you came?
Yes, recently upon finding my first yoga teacher training journal from eight years ago I reflected on my previously projected one, five and ten year life goals with post meditation journal thoughts from that time. It was extremely humbling to see I am still on track despite facing adversity for what at the time seemed like unsurmountable, unsuccessful investments of time, labor and money. Be present and understand everything in life happens for us, whether good or bad at that time.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part is being vulnerable to connect with others so I can serve optimally, detaching from vanity thoughts that may try to manifest into actions and staying a humble learner with a focused attitude of gratitude to serve billions of people.
Do you have anything new to tell the upcoming people who do what you do?
Be an action taker, unchain yourself from vices with breathwork, meditate, reinforce your faith, cultivate your spirit and be in gratitude with God. Always dream bigger, pray, never get comfortable and stay assertive to capitalize on our present moment. We are a community of unique creators, so always be a student open to perspectives and new possibilities as you continue to gain knowledge.
What’s does collaborating mean to you and how does it relate to you?
Collaborating is about two or more people finding agreement to join talents, services, knowledge and resources to reach an elevated common goal. Winning teams are successful because each person does the self development to compound their best efforts to achieve greater results, faster. Helping a team win by contributing your own best efforts is extremely rewarding and satisfying.
Why did you get into your niche?
Whether someone with zero fitness or professional athlete experience, there is an imperative need to combat stress and stay healthy while handling busy schedules. I love weightlifting benefits, but dislike the requirement of having to go to a gym or being reliant on equipment which binds you because equipment is not always accessible which can throw off routines. Combining my increasing ten thousand hours of workforce and athletic knowledge has enabled the passion I have for teaching others, of every occupation or background, readily available healthy functional fitness tools to handle stress without needing a gym via my Max Flow Yoga podcast media.