Corporate HR Executive and Yogi are not usually two words in the same sentence, let alone at the top of a C.V, but Brian is both. He spent more than a decade in the corporate world, predominantly in HR global strategy and training, and has been practicing yoga for fifteen years. For him the lines between the two are blurred. “Helping people to achieve their utmost is what I am here for, whether it’s encouraging someone to strike a difficult pose for the first time, or coaching a CEO to deliver a rocking speech, its the same thing.”
“When Brian approached us with the idea of running a free yoga class in The Sapphire Room we thought why not? It’s a beautiful space, lets share it!” says Daniel Beetham, who manages the venue. Two months down the line and the Monday night class has a strong loyal following, with new people turning up each week as word gets out. The rustic wooden floors are now covered with coloured mats (its byo mat here), and Brian begins the class with an inspirational theme. Tonight he asks us to acknowledge our fear, to greet it and embrace it. He doesn’t name the fear, that’s up to us, and then we are into the flow of his power vinyasa-style yoga.
With a cool sound track that Brian happily shares on his Facebook site, this yoga is a bit different. There is a tangible sense of community, and there’s an ease to how it caters to all levels. Brian works the large space constantly so it doesn’t feel like there is a back or front of the room. His gentle voice (accent soft New Jersey) urging you to push yourself that little bit further, makes you want to do just that! Towards the end of the hour I find myself attempting a headstand for the first time in my life. I can’t help emitting a little shriek of joy (combined with fear) when I actually achieve it, just for a couple of seconds. Such is the power of Brian. (FIONA GARLICK)
Free Yoga Mondays 6-7pm in The Sapphire Room
www.briandegregory.com + 64 9 889 0720