'Cuz if ya don't, ya won't!
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 of Morgantown, WV) and I hit the gym often, lifting tons of weights ;-) 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.
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