We are so curious. How does each of us begin our love affair with yoga, what draws us to it, and what holds us there? We adore learning and sharing the stories of our students on their yoga journey.
Meet Mick Renner, a consistent student of Vickie Russell Bell’s and many others at our Berkeley studio.
What inspired you to begin a yoga practice?
I was getting serious about performing a one-man show, and I realized that I needed to increase my stamina if I was going to be on stage for 80-90 minutes. I signed up at work for a Walking exercise class, but it got cancelled because of rain. So instead I took a Yoga class scheduled at the same time. Luckily it had a terrific teacher (Johanna Classen) and I worked with her for 5 or 6 years until I retired.
Favorite parts about taking class at Namaste?
The teachers: Vickie Russell Bell in particular, David Schlussel, many others–the Ashleys, Julia, Sarah, Ada, more.
What is your definition of wellness?
Self-acceptance. Awareness. Embodiment. Aliveness.
One thing people might be surprised to learn about you is…?
I have a PhD in English and was a college professor for several years.
Favorite things you do to help make every day sacred?
What is the best advice you could give to someone who is struggling to start their health and wellness journey?
Being aware of a need, honoring an ambition, discovering an inner curiosity–I think a person can decide to take a step toward something, and then a second step, and so forth. Making a path. Actually, struggle itself is significant. There is no progress without struggle. The nature and feel of struggle changes along the way, but there is always struggle. So if a person is struggling, the journey has already started, hmm?
What are your passion projects and how can we find out more about you?
I am an actor, appearing in various Bay Area theatres. I was recently in the Inferno Theatre’s production of “The Gods are not Happy. Coming up in April, “All the Way,” at the Contra Costa Civic Theatre. Learn more about me at www.mickrenner.com.