Al Kavadlo. Born 1979. Fitness trainer, blogger and author.
When and how did you start yoga?
I started yoga when I was 24. I’d already been into strength training for a while at that point and had recently began my career as a personal trainer. I was working at a gym that offered yoga classes so I figured I’d take one since I often had time to kill between clients anyway.
I went into that first class not expecting much, but really enjoyed the practice and found it surprisingly challenging. It made me realize there was much more to fitness than just strength, which was the only thing I’d been concerned with prior to that experience.
What style of yoga do you practice?
I have practiced many different styles over the years. Each one offers its own challenges and benefits.
How has it changed your life?
Yoga has made me more physically fit, but it’s also helped me cultivate patience and discipline.
What is your most memorable yoga moment?
Probably that very first class.
What makes a great yoga teacher?
The best teachers haven’t forgotten what it feels like to be a beginner. They are open-minded, welcoming and have no ego.
What is your favourite pose and why?
It’s tough to pick just one! Lately I’ve been really digging the standing head to knee pose.
What do you do when not doing yoga?
What are you listening to?
The sounds of nature. My own breathing.
What are you reading?
Other people’s body language.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
True to myself.
If you could be any animal in the world, what would you choose?
Well I like being a person, but if I had to pick another animal I would be a dog.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
I see Edward Norton as the current me and maybe Ben Kingsley playing me once I’m older.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
When are you happiest?
When I am with my friends and family.
What is your greatest fear?
Where would you go if you could time travel?
Why should people do yoga?
Tell us something we don’t know.
I teach bodyweight strength training, aka calisthenics, all around the world. It’s the perfect compliment to yoga. If people want to find out more, they can go to www.AlKavadlo.com
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