Yoga doesn’t begin and end on the mat. What we do there is an end in itself, yes, and a means of cultivating virtues like focus, resilience, mindfulness, and restraint that can keep us throughout the day. Since finding yoga at the age of 15, Chase has practiced these virtues through yoga, satisifed knowing he is not alone in his desire to turn inward and find there what can only be found there: you name it. He is now a 200 hr certified yoga instructor and is so grateful for the chance to share his enthusiasm and technique with other aspirants.
Where are you from? Pickens, South Carolina
How long have you lived in Athens? Four-ish years
What’s your passion? Veganism. It’s not necessary to eat meat, fish, eggs, or milk, and it’s not kind to ask animals to sacrifice their well-being to satisfy my cravings, so I don’t.
Favorite book?Any book by Mary Oliver
Favorite movie? It Happened One Night
Favorite restaurant? Mannaweenta, an Ethiopian gem on the Eastside
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I took my first yoga class out of curiosity; I was 15 and trying everything. I kept practicing because of the delectable stillness that proceeded my practice.
What’s your favorite yoga style?
The classes I take are usually yin or kundalini. They’re very different and that makes for a balanced practice. At home I prefer to meditate with the aid of pranayama techniques or restorative poses.
How long have you taught yoga? What inspired you to teach?
I started teaching just this past May, after graduating from my 200 hour teacher training. I’ve long known I wanted to help people and simultaneously encourage my best habits, I just didn’t know how I could. I woke up one morning (after days of contemplation) the summer of 2017, and I knew I had to teach yoga. I’ve since moved full speed ahead to make it real.
What’s your advice to someone who is new to yoga?
The poses and the breathing are a form of mental hygiene. They are necessary, but they aren’t it. Yoga isn’t complete until it comes home with you, until you find yourself happy for no reason. That’s not something to wait for, just something to look forward to.
What is your favorite pose?
Savasana. It relieves the body and allows us to experience the free flow of the mind.
What’s your favorite class to teach at M3? Favorite to take?
Right now my favorite class to teach is Restorative, but that changes. Right now it’s my favorite because, without breath or alignment—or even sensation in the body to focus on—those being taken care of are in comfortable prop-supported positions and the mind is given the opportunity to focus on what matters most, or on nothing at all.
What do you enjoy most about M3?
I love the variety of classes—some that focus neatly on certain areas and some that offer a well-rounded experience. I also love the corresponding variety of people that make up the M3 community.