Finding Calm: An Interview with Chad Berry

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When did you first start doing yoga?  

I first started with yoga about 8 months ago.  

What led you to try yoga?

I went into yoga to learn how to mentally calm down.  Mentally get out of my own way. Wanted to learn how to calm down, relax, focus and be present.    

What is the driving force behind your yoga practice?

For me, the driving factor for yoga is to learn how to deal and manage the stress and anxiety we deal with in life.  Through yoga and the amazing instructors at kOMpose, I’ve learned how to breathe and relax and get out of my own way.  Get out of my own thoughts.

What is one thing that surprised you about yoga?

That yoga is not just a physical fitness tool, but great for mind, body and soul.  I would say the majority of classes I attend have a huge amount of a reflection and meditation.  Through yoga, there are many classes and workshops that fit you specifically.

Which type of practice do you prefer and why?

At this point in my life and where I am, I’ve become a bit obsessed with your slow flow + restorative that’s coached by Laura.  If I’m in town on Wednesday morning, you’ll find me in this class.

What do you enjoy about practicing yoga at kOMpose?

100% the coaches and the environment you’ve created.  It’s inviting and opening.

What advice would you give someone who hasn’t tried yoga before?

A few things actually.  Don’t be intimidated. I’ve tried yoga in the past and have failed miserably.  I would hop into a ‘hot yoga’ class because I felt I needed to feel a sweat in order to call this a workout.  This only created more anxiety and stress trying to do poses I had idea what I was doing. Also, I reached out to Chuck, again…..amazing coaches.  I did a few one on ones with Chuck who taught me how to breathe correctly and a few basic poses to what I can expect to see in some of your intro classes.  Chuck is really who has challenged me as a person to use yoga as a place to ultimately improve your overall self. Not every class is for everyone. Chuck suggested I start out with restorative yoga and I did that for months, then evolved into a few more classes once I felt comfortable or found a class or workshop that will challenge why I want to get on my yoga mat.  

What does your yoga practice mean to you?

Yoga has changed my life.  Yoga has taught me how to breathe and slow down.  How to focus and be present. When you’re in this state, you cannot help but be a better person.  A better human.

How has your yoga practice affected your life off the mat?

Haha!  This is why I went to yoga.  I’ve learn how to better handle anxiety and stress in life.  We/I live in such a fast pace world. At least I do. As a father and husband, we put so much pressure on ourselves and then add a sales career on top of that.  Then add life to that mix and if you don’t watch out and take care of yourself and know how to handle this type of pressure, you’ll get sideways real quick! I’m 43 and I don’t know one of my guy friends who has not ended up in the ER, thinking they were having a heart attack, only to find out it was a panic attack!  Through yoga and other forms of personal development, like acupuncture I’ve been able to deal with these pressures we put on ourselves. It was my acupuncturist who told me to reach out to kOMpose and get with Chuck!

What else would you like to share?

Couple things in closing.  I’ll speak directly to the guys out there.  If you find it difficult to deal with anxiety, stress and the pressures of day to day life, do this.  Do this for yourself. If you don’t know where to start, call Chuck and he would love to spend some time with you and point you in the right direction.  Don’t be intimidated. Don’t’ be embarrassed. Well, you can be but…..just get on a yoga mat anyway! You’ll learn real quick there is nothing to be embarrassed or should intimidate you.  If you’ve never been to a yoga class before or you’re like me, you’ve been but you’ve just been to the wrong classes. Start slow. Take the advice from a coach. You don’t have to jump right into a Heated Power Flow class.  You’ll do great….I promise you. You do this for yourself and those people around you will see the changes. Your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbors…..they’ll see the improvements. Take that first step