Eric H.

Mel Korum Family YMCA

About as active of a person as you can get, Eric enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and cycling, among other activities. When he found himself in search of a way to avoid knee surgery, Eric looked to yoga. He was skeptical at first, but continued his practice. Along with his wife, Julie, he joined the YMCA in 2004 and quickly felt at home here. He got involved as a volunteer cycling and yoga instructor and they both found a great family environment for their children. 
 
"[With yoga] I originally was trying to find a way to heal my body and eventually found a way to heal the mind," says Eric. 
 
Yoga helped improved Eric's flexibility, range of motion, and physical recovery, but it also helped in another way. Faced with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder from the Reno Air Race accident in 2011, Eric says his experience in Reno was more traumatic than 20 years in the military. 
 
"Yoga brought my mental focus back and helped me get through the tragedy," says Eric. "Yoga can be a new twist to anyone's exercise routine. Whether you are a die hard triathlete or just looking for a new class to try, it benefits both the mind and body."