5Q Interview with Ryan Glidden

1. Tell me about your personal journey with yoga. Why is it important to you?

It all started with a girl : )  My girlfriend, now wife invited me to my first class.  It was a humbling experience but started me down a path that has changed my life.  Yoga is a way of life for me. I look at my practice as a discipline for understanding myself, others and the world around me in a deep and spiritual way.

2. When did you first begin teaching yoga? What made you transition into a leadership position?

I started as a personal trainer.  I took my yoga teacher training class with the mindset that it would be a good “restorative” session for my clients.  It was a training tool that I could use. It ended up that my wife Melissa wanted to also start her own studio. So we both took training, practiced with each other and some friends for a month and then opened up MOSAIC yoga.

3. What makes your classes unique?

I think what makes my class unique is that I’ve learned over the years how to weave the philosophy and spirituality of yoga into an asana class that still is physically challenging.  If you’re not interested in the philosophy you still get a great “workout” if you are you get an hour of physical, mental and possibly emotional training.

4. How does music benefit your guidance in a yoga class?

Music can play a huge role in a class but I try not to rely on it.  I think that teachers should teach every now and again with no music so they can practice holding the energy of the room with their tone, cues and sequence.  That being said it can be an incredible compliment to uplifting and harmonizing the energy in the room.

5. Tell me about your next event and where we can follow you online.

I’m pretty exclusively at MOSAIC.  The next event will be with you on June 8th 10am at MOSAIC.  We also have a non-profit organization called The MOSAIC Foundation where we host trainings that I’m a part of.  The next thing I will be diving into is our Summer YTT Program which is an intensive that starts in July.

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