Where are you from?

Auburn, Wa

What’s your career background?

Current : 18 years Fire department
8 years Virginia Mason hospital - Hyperbarics

What are your hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Effective parenting , Building/Remodeling, Gardening, Biking, Hiking

What is your personal motto or favorite mantra/quote? (Yoga-related or not!)

"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please list your yoga credentials/special skills/training.

Yoga - Gary's 200 hour teacher training

Trained as a Firefighter Paramedic EMT. I have a 2 bachelor's degrees much of which concentrated on medical knowledge and anatomy.

Trained in Hyperbarics for treatment of medical ailments and emergent cases. Including but not limited to assisting inside the chamber and running the chamber pressures.

Scuba diver for over 25 years with many specialties

Been know as a "Jill-of-all-trades" because I am not afraid to build or remodel anything

How long have you been practicing yoga?

That was in 1995, but it wasn't until 2007 that I became a regular practitioner. Post many triathlons, century bike rides, and running events, my body felt depleted and injured but I still needed something to maintain and push my Type A personality.

Describe your class/teaching style in three words.

Intense Cathartic and Biomechanical

What is your goal for the class? How do you want your students to feel when they walk out of the room?

To feel pushed but end with a clarity of the mind.