I originally grew up in Alvador Oregon which is about 50 miles outside the city limits of Eugene, Oregon. I lived way way way way way out in the middle of hay fields and Filbert nut orchards of the country side. As a kid in elementary school and junior high school I played many sports. Racquetball was very popular sport while a kid in Oregon. I was the Pacific Northwest Racquetball Champion several years in row but decided not to go professional. When I was 13 years old my family moved to West Hills Los Angeles, California. This is when I started surfing at Malibu beach and I still surf when I get a chance. When I was 15 years old the family moved to north county San Diego. In high school I played 3 sports a year and worked hard to get grades.
I suffered a really bad football accident with a major concussion resulting in the temporary loss of use of my left arm and shoulder. Soon I developed chronic shoulder pain that spread to my neck, low back, hips, digestion, sleep and created endless head aches. So, in my early 20s I found yoga. It started to relieve my pain. I did all kinds of yoga in San Diego near my favorite coastal surf town of Encinitas where more yoga studios exist per capita then just about any where.
During my 20s I worked professionally in Theater arts. I mainly worked at the Lawrence Welk Theater as a set builder and stage hand. I never did like acting much. I got my Bachelors of Arts degree at Humboldt State University in the Theatrical Arts. Then the family decided to leave the over crowded cities and head back to the country once again. So we ended up moving to Grass Valley in 2001 where I got a job at the Nevada City Theater. I branched out from making fake homes for actors to play on, to making real homes for people to live in. I got a Contractors license and worked the construction industry till 2008 when my business fell off the face of the earth with the rest of the economy due to the recession.
In my late 30s I decided to go back to school since the economy was so bad. I went into the health care industry and chose Chiropractic as my method of healing because of all the miracles my Chiropractor performed on my body to help reverse my injuries. It was during my education at Palmer West Chiropractic College in San Jose that I found Yoga again in the form of Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga helped me to get the extra health care I needed to keep my body out of pain, reverse deeper injuries doctors could not get to, calm my mind down, provide a better quality of life and helped me to grow personally. I became a Bikram Yoga instructor in 2015 and a licensed Chiropractor in 2017.
Where is your favorite place to spend time in Nevada County
(other than Warmth of course)?
I like to spend most of my time farming on my property in North San Juan and relaxing on the Yuba River.
What makes you feel warm and fuzzy about our studio?
I enjoy Warmth because it is a place to experience meeting people, raise your energy, share your knowledge and of course get bendy with Bikram Hot Yoga.
Why do you like it hot?
I like heat for all the obvious physiological, anatomical, histological, neurological and psychological benefits. The heat, by design, forces you to mediate. This is where all other yogas failed me.
What is your favorite fruit?
My favorite fruit does not grow on a tree, nor a bush. It has seeds without having any seeds. It is every where and no where all at once. It is never out of season. It is the eternal fruits of life.
What’s your most prized possession?
My most prized possession is simply, my health.