Greg Schultz

 

I come to the practice of yoga as a result of injury. I spent decades in the “work hard, play hard” ethos of corporate IT sales, playing rugby, running marathons and triathlons. At age 40 I was diagnosed with 3 herniated disks in my lumbar spine and lost the use of my left leg. A year into non-surgical healing explorations, I discovered yoga and began the path of persistent application of yoga therapy to find ease.

My yoga path has embraced several different yoga “styles”: I completed my first 200 hour teacher training program with a Vinyasa school in 2004. I’ve completed a 500 hour program with Tias and Surya Little in Santa Fe (2012) and an extensive International Association of Yoga Therapists Certification with Lillah Schwartz and One Center Yoga in Asheville, NC in 2017.

My wife and I were both attracted to Iyengar yoga as we studied yoga therapy. As we contemplated a move from Savannah, GA, one of the reasons we moved to Bellingham was because of the wonderful community that Ingela has built around Yoga Northwest. I’ve been practicing at YNW since we moved in 2016 and I’m excited to be a part of the teaching family, now, too!

I enjoy making yoga accessible for others! I’ve found that many of “my people” appreciate finding ease in their bodies as much as I. I also have an appreciation for the non-pose aspects of yoga: meditation, chanting, breath work and discussing the Sutras: all included in the 8 limbs of Yoga.

I have also studied Thai Massage (or Thai Yoga Therapy) with teachers both in the US and in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I’ve studied with Jack Chaiya, Pichest Boonthumme, Mike Tan, Chris Ray, Chuck Duff, Rob Murray and others.

Finally, when I’m not doing all of that, I’m chasing a little Buddha named Lucy around as we work on a permaculture project on a few acres south of Acme, WA! We play with all things outdoors in all 4 seasons.

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
Wendell Berry