JOHN R LEVIS
I grew up in Whippany, NJ playing some sports, but mostly ice-hockey and playing in the woods, building forts and riding bikes, both bicycles and motorcylces. I went to college in West Virginia Universtiy and studied a little bit of everything. I really got into mountain biking (the streets) and hitting the gym often, lifting weights like a madman. After college I travelled out west for a while, then wound up in Jacksonville Beach, FL where I continued spending time at the gym. I began to see the futility in weight lifting. I wondered what the point in any of it was and was really looking for something ‘more’. In December of 1999 I took my first yoga class. I was intrigued, humbled and I was hooked. I couldn’t believe how challenging it was to hold simple lunges, especially since at that time I was squatting massive amounts of weight. For the next year I integrated the practice of yoga with cardio and weight training. By 2001, I left the gym for good. There was no need for it. In February of 2002 I moved back to NJ and started a serious yoga practice. In 2003 I attended a 200 hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian and began teaching full-time shortly thereafter. The following decade would take me to as many trainings and workshops as I could get to with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga as well as a handful of senior teachers and trips around the world. In 2005 I completed my Thai Yoga Bodywork training with Jonas Westring in South Burlington, VT. For the next decade I spent most of my time teaching yoga with the therapeutic benefit in the forefront, guided by a tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness as well as hundreds of hours of doing bodywork with the same goal in mind; well-being. In 2013 I attended my first sommelier training and began a new career as a sommelier, while teaching less yoga. Around the same time I started working for the REI Outdoor School, instructing yoga for hikers, trail running, mountain biking, stand up paddle board and essential camping skills. In 2015 I got my Certification as a Sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers. Today I am teaching yoga, doing bodywork, hiking, mountain biking, paddling & pouring wine.
The practice of yoga is an ever evolving, ancient technique of refining the human condition. Through proper alignment, the body functions optimally. It is a therapeutic practice to heal the body. The benefits of yoga may help to clear back pain, relieve past injuries and get know one's own self on the deepest level. Through a patient practice of breathing and movement, you create a greater bond of mind and body. This results in improved functionality and overall well-being.
Either you love it...
or you've never heard of it.
Lie back, relax and let the yoga be done to you. The Thai tradition employs an exceptionally wide range of techniques in its repertoire. Through a “multi-pronged” approach the practitioner uses thumbs, fingers, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet. Thai Massage is a dynamic combination of myo-fascial stretching, joint mobilization, acupressure, energy balancing, rhythmic deep tissue compression, soft tissue manipulation, assisted yoga postures. A comfortably soothing, meditative, rocking motion is its trademark, while joints are opened, muscles and tendons stretched, internal organs toned, and vitality increased.
Learn more about wine so that you can "In Joy" it even more! Through patience, appreciation and education, you will discover more of what you like.
BREATHE, MOVE, TASTE.
Yoga & Wine Tasting is a fun class where we do yoga, the taste the wine. It's a great way to move the body, clear the mind and appreciate the wine.
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TASTINGS
Having a get together? How about having a professionally guided tasting with a certified sommelier?