Meet our newest teacher Evan Johnson, Husband, Father of two, Combat Infantry Veteran, Brown Belt in Brazilian Jujitsu, Certified Yoga Teacher.
This is not your Mother’s yoga teacher from the 60s. (But he has been my Mother’s yoga teacher for the past few Fridays! ; )
I have two great uncles that were on the USS Arizona. Their pictures and letters clearly portrayed two handsome, lively, optmistic, brave young men. (Pictured here with three sisters). Respecting the sacrifice has never been my concern.
Yet I’m a little torn every year about what to do at the studio on Veteran’s Day. There are national organizations highlighting Veteran Yoga programs everywhere and especially at this time of year. But when I think about the life of a Veteran, I feel completely inadequate just offering a discount on a yoga class in November. But we do that too.
(We’ve actually always offered Veteran discounts all year long since we opened but I haven’t done a very good job of making that very well known). Plus I never really expected a Veteran to take my word for it that yoga would be helpful. Until now.
Evan arrived with a little insight on all of the above. So I asked for his advice, and he agrees. Yoga works. Breathing better is crucial. Having a dedicated place to concentrate is helpful. Everyday. All year long. Not just November 11th.
And in fact, while holding a special class this month might pique one’s interest… it isn’t an accurate experience of how yoga truly helps. One class could be a game changer. IF it’s a great experience. But it takes a few classes to really get started, a few weeks to notice a significant difference and a few months to understand it. To really get it.
Breathing and moving with a focus on relaxing has been proven to literally change your mind, your body and retrain your nervous system. If you haven’t tried it, you’re just prolonging the inevitable relief that’s possible.
You’d think all this would be leading up to a fabulous class on Veteran’s day with Evan.
But it’s not.
We are open tomorrow for all our regularly scheduled classes.
In fact, I just this minute remembered that I’m subbing the Gentle class tomorrow night! lol.
What I’m leading up to is this:
Evan is here for you. If you or someone you know is a veteran who’s interested or has questions. Feel free to contact us and we’ll connect you, or you can contact him directly below. He’s also willing to give tours of the studio, explain the terminology, demonstrate a few postures and breathing techniques so that someone could feel the benefits immediately. We want to offer continuous introductory classes, customized practices, ongoing education and genuine encouragement from someone who’s been there.
Veteran Intro Sessions: No obligations. No commitments. No pressure. Just Info, a tour and a chance to consider if yoga might be helpful for you. He currently teaches a basics class on Fridays at 9:30am. If you’d like to contact him directly, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on IG: evan.l.j
Or, contact us at email@example.com and we’ll connect you.
Let us know how we can help,
Veteran’s Day Schedule:
Basics with Erin 9:30am
Gentle with Suz 5:30pm
Strong Flow with Erin 7:00pm