Todd is an inspiration as a yoga teacher, YBD teacher training alum, and a yogi in our YBD community. We value his loyalty and the great effort he puts into every one of his classes. Your teaching insights, playlists, sequences and readings come from such a unique perspective. Though successful and busy as a business owner, Todd shares his passion for yoga any chance he gets. Todd, we notice and appreciate you going above and beyond. Thank you!
When and how did you come to yoga?
I had taken a few classes before YBD, both at a Bikram studio and at the gym, but didn’t seriously begin yoga until the day YBD opened in Western Springs. I had been a cycling enthusiast logging thousands of miles annually on my bike, and thought it would be beneficial to take up yoga to improve my flexibility.
Why did you start teaching yoga?
I enrolled in YBD’s first teacher training session because I wanted to deepen my knowledge of yoga beyond what I could learn in classes and workshops. The consistent messages about the spiritual benefits of yoga I was hearing on my mat from the teachers at YBD were intriguing. Although I hadn’t intended to use the training to actually start teaching, after completing the certification requirements, I was moved to start sharing the love I have for the practice with others.
What is your favorite pose?
If I had to pick a favorite, I suppose it would be Ardha Chandrasana, Half Moon. The combination of strength and grace the pose demands, along with the opportunity for continual refinement, make half moon a consistent challenge, regardless of one’s ability.
Who inspires your teaching?
I am constantly inspired by so many of the teachers at YBD…..there are so many wonderful teachers who inspire me daily….and I learn something from nearly every class regardless of who is instructing. Though each is unique in their style of teaching, Loreta, Meghan, Colleen, Lara, Nadja and Bonnie consistently inspire me through their intelligent sequencing, their deep spiritual messages and their obvious joy of teaching.
Tips for beginners…
Simple. Show up on your mat….consistently….as many times a week as you possibly can….show up and practice. And then let go of your expectations for the results.
What’s your favorite quote?
Abhyasa and vairagya. Never give up. Always let go.