Joey Kupstas

Yoga has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I started doing yoga in high school and college.  The first time I taught yoga was in a fitness instructor program in college.  After graduating I got away from teaching and just focused on my own health and fitness for some time.

I came back to teaching as a Zumba Instructor and did that for years, keeping yoga in my back pocket as my own workout and meditation time.  In 2011 I was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease and there was a lot of damage done to my body, teaching Zumba became more painful and difficult to teach and I gave it up in 2012.  I started to focus more on my yoga again and started to become more engrossed in it, enjoying the peace I felt and health benefits without pain or stress on my body.  Although I still enjoyed other types of fitness.  During a weight lifting class there was an accident and I broke my foot.  This was a huge setback for me, it changed my work life, personal life and fitness life.  Things I took for granted like walking were no longer easy.  I began to focus on meditation and healthier eating.

I yearned to do yoga again and the day after I had my cast removed I was back in the yoga studio.  This time I was hooked, I practiced daily and taught classes here and there.  In 2015 I decided it was time to get my official certification and completed a 200hr program through the Always at Aum school with yoga alliance.

Since then, I have found peace and joy in teaching and bringing yoga to others.  I still practice yoga  regularly on my own and in class with others, I have found that keeping yoga in my heart and daily life has made me a better and more peaceful person in this world.