Student / Modo Teacher / Owner

Why do you love the Modo community?

I moved back to Columbus to make an impact – to build a community of people where it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, or how much money you make.  I’m Columbus born and raised, and I love that within our walls we have students from all walks of life brought together by this amazing practice.  While the practice binds us together with a shared experience, my favorite thing is sitting off to the side and watching the personal connections being made at Modo Yoga Columbus. That’s really what it’s all about.

Why do you teach yoga?

Before I found Modo, I was in a dark place physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  The practice helped me to feel better about myself, my place in the world, and understand that there’s so much more to life than the degrees you have, the title on your business card, or the amount in your checking account.  If I can help just one student be impacted by the Modo practice the same way I was, then I’ve done my job as a teacher.

What yoga certifications do you have?

Modo Level 1 – 500 YTT, Modo Flow – 100 YTT and Modo Calm – 50 YTT

If you were an animal, what would it be?

I think I’d be an elephant, I find them the most beautiful animal on Earth.

You have one day completely to yourself in Columbus.  What do you do?

Hopefully it’s a beautiful fall Saturday.  I’d wake up, and take Midge on a long walk with my wife Carrie, followed by the 8:30 AM Modo Flow class.  Then, I’d scoot out to get a quick nine holes of golf in with friends.  A quick lunch at RayRay’s with a beer at Land Grant, and then Carrie and I would head up to campus to tailgate before that night’s Ohio State football game.  Finally, we’d head home before the game started, fire up the grill, and relax for the rest of the night.  That sounds like a perfect day.

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?

Savasana, so much so that you’ll often see me savasana for the second half of class.  As busy as I am, any time I can get to just be in stillness and silence, I have to take advantage of it.  There’s no better place than that little area between consciousness and unconsciousness.  Other than savasana, my favorite pose depends on what I’m working on in my practice at that time.

You can only eat at one Columbus restaurant for the rest of your life.  What is it?

Tough call – so I’ll throw two out there.  Casual? Brassica.  Dinner spot? The Top. I’ve never had a bad meal there.