After YYOGA turned 11 this past Saturday, we thought we would ask our Co-Founder, Terry McBride to get a little sentimental with us about his long term relationship with yoga.
Co-Founder of YYOGA, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group
Favourite way to spend a Saturday afternoon: In the gongshow of his family (his words, not ours)
Current challenge: Garudasana (Eagle pose) because of his tight hips
Who introduced you to yoga?
I went with a few people from Nettwerk Music Group and Janet Walden was the teacher, who has been in this community for a long time and is now over in Victoria. It was really humbling. I thought I was in great shape but I was in different shape; I clearly was not in yoga shape. It was really really humbling, it probably took me a month before I went back. It took me a while, I tried all different types of yoga to see if I could find one that resonated with me. I think it was a lot of small things, I think yoga seeps into you, I think it’s a journey so the first steps are not necessarily a sprint. It was baby steps and then, slowly but surely you just fall in love with it.
I think it was a lot of small things, I think yoga seeps into you, I think it’s a journey so the first steps are not necessarily a sprint. It was baby steps and then, slowly but surely you just fall in love with it.
What was your first impression of yoga?
I kind of went into it with an open mind. I knew absolutely nothing about it, I had done no research on it. I felt inadequate, awkward, all of the things you want to be in order to be open to it. I didn’t know what I was doing! I was looking around at everyone else to see what they were doing. I felt self-conscious.
What inspired you to start YYOGA?
I couldn’t find a studio that truly resonated with me. I could find teachers that I liked but the studio and the experience itself I found to be a real barrier; whether it was that there weren’t showers or that the men’s change room was a closet. The experience was just never a good one! Yet, the experience in the yoga room itself, with the teacher, was. It just didn’t make sense, there were all these artificial barriers to having someone fall in love with yoga. Chances are that if the first experience isn’t a good one then they aren’t going to come back. So I decided to look around and figure out how to create the experience I was looking for myself. I knew that if I liked it, similar to music, then there must be others who will like it too they just need to be given the opportunity to. So if I can create the opportunity then I can share my love for it.
What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday afternoon?
In the gongshow of my family.
What does wellness mean to you?
I think wellness means a calmness, a peacefulness, and being comfortable with yourself both physically and mentally. It’s a state of being.
What’s is your mantra to live by?
The mantra shifts daily. Today’s mantra is listen and be light. When you think about doing a yoga class, if you just think be light, it changes the whole class. If you think of listening, not just external but internal, it changes the experience.
If you had a theme song what would it be?
What was the last thing that you learned?
It was on the walk up to school today with my five year-old, apparently there is a crow named Cranky who likes to play Hide-and-Seek so she was trying to find Cranky and she spotted Cranky on top of the flagpole. So there you go, that’s what I learned today.
What is your favorite yoga pose?
Today was Garudasana or Eagle. I have tight hips so if I can get into Eagle and hold it and then, you know, fold over and get into another pose that’s like, “YES!”