Jeremy Gray — public servant, entrepreneur

Yoga is a holistic experience for many — mind, body, spirit — but did one element or another first draw you to the practice? That is, were you seeking to settle your mind? Have greater physical flexibility? Explore your true, spiritual nature?

I was drawn to the practice of yoga through my time of playing collegiate and professional football to enhance performance and recovery

How about now: does yoga feed your mind or your body or your spirit more, or are those elements more in balance than when you started?

though yoga has balanced all three, I spend more time feeding the spiritual part of me

You played football at an elite level. Were you practicing yoga at the time or did it come later?

yes, football was the foundation of how I came to embrace yoga

How frequently do you practice yoga?

4 or 5 times a month for recovery

For you, what are the benefits of classes at a studio vs practicing yoga at home?

classes can be more challenging because you can’t dictate the flow or intensity vs home when it’s more intimate and at your own pace

Do you have a preferred yoga style?

Asana & Kundalini

When you were starting out, what came easiest and what was more challenging?

settling my mind and blocking out distractions came the easiest but the postures and being flexible enough to execute proper posture were difficult

What have been the greatest benefits of yoga for you?

I rarely get sick — less inflammation — mental clarity and stability

Apart from yoga, do you practice other techniques of mindfulness or meditation?

breathing exercises and walking mediation

Do you regularly do other forms of exercise?

lifting weights and cardio

Outside of a yoga session, do you ever just strike a pose and stretch?

I rarely strike poses and stretches but every once in a while I find myself doing something yoga related unintentionally

If I gave you an expenses-paid yoga retreat, where would you go?

Himalayas, India

—interview © Marshal Zeringue