Today we’d like to introduce you to Max Love.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Max. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Born and raised Yogi. I’ve always been a bit awkward in crowds or when things get too loud. I found myself in a situation in 2016 that totally numbed my mind and body. I was a prisoner of my own body, It lasted on and off for two years. Anxiety sucks.
My Mom reminded me of all the times that I practiced yoga and how good I felt afterwards. So, I took her advice and signed up for a single class at my regular studio. At first, my body tingled with the movements I was making, it had been a while, it was raw. I felt my nervous system wake up, my breathing was slower, my mind was quiet, and I felt alive.
I walked out of the studio feeling lighter, seeing clearly and wanting more. I noticed a flyer offering a Yoga Teacher Training. My intention was to just deepen my practice. I wasn’t a total yoga newbie, just a checked out one. I went over to the desk and signed up for the training, it was meant to be, I got the last spot. Now What?
Well, the Yoga Teacher Training program was wild. practicing, creating sequences, becoming more flexible in my body and mind and I realized after I presented my last sequence, I knew I wanted to be a Yoga Instructor. All the tools I learned and fined tuned in YTT, allowed me to see just how far I had come with my own anxiety and stress. I had new tools to use on myself as well as sharing with others who are experiencing similar feelings.
I took some time off to explore different facets of yoga, leaving behind the more physical poses for the days I needed more energy and focused on Yin and Restorative yoga classes to quiet my mind and my body and looking for ways to help my mind to let go of old beliefs. It’s never too late to start anything new, you just need the drive and lots of patience.
Trust me. I came in on this yoga quest at 37yrs. I was in yoga teacher training with classmates half my age and yet we all became a mini yoga family. It’s never to late to explore new things, learn new things and live a happy life. There is space for everyone to have the best life they deserve.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve been very fortunate in finding yoga jobs. There is never a shortage of yogis and new studios opening up. The only downfall I can think of is that I don’t have a regular studio that I teach at. I live in North Park and commute to various studios throughout San Diego.
Please tell us more about your work.
I’m obsessed with Yin! I am so excited to teach it. Yin is working with the parasympathetic nervous system and is responsible for nourishing, restoring, and healing your body and mind.
Yin yoga centers on stretching deeper connective tissues, such as ligaments, deep fascia, and tendons. It allows for a deeper focus on stillness and a longer deeper stretch while you are holding the asana up to 3-5 minutes. Yin is not easy. It takes time, patience and the ability to sit with yourself. These things can be scary for some people but it does get easier, and then it also gets harder.
During class, I make sure to leave lots of quiet space in-between. I will guide you into the pose then allow you to discover how your body feels in these poses, noticing, observing and letting go, and always reminding you to focus on your breath. This allows the yogi to move deeper into the pose, where you can observe your mind & body. I’ve seen the benefits in Yin within myself as well as my students and its a beautiful feeling.
My anxiety and stress are more manageable now that I have a regular practice. I am more flexible in mind and body and just an all-around better person. You can always find me at these studios below…
Max Love RYTT 200
Level 1 & 2 Reiki
Yin Yoga Certified
Adult & Child CPR trained
SAN DIEGO YOGA CENTER
5500 Grossmont Center Drive #470
La Mesa, CA 91942
Yin Yoga – Sundays at 6-7pm
Restorative Yoga – Friday 6-7pm
A GENTLE WAY YOGA
8274 Parkway Drive
La Mesa, Ca 91942
Yin Yoga – Wednesday 6-7; 15 pm
Yin Yoga – Friday 4-5:15 pm
Flow/ Teach – Saturday 1-30-2;30 pm
MOVE FITNESS and DANCE
8674 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, Ca 91942
Yin Yoga – Friday 9-10am
Hatha – Monday 4-5pm
TRUE MOTION HUMAN PERFORMANCE
2859 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92104
Yin Yoga – Tuesday – 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Yin Yoga – Thursday – 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Yin Yoga – Saturdays – 11:45 – 12:45pm
These amazing women always supported me and made me feel like I could do anything.
Sometimes we hung out and did yoga and somedays we would make some fresh juice and just sit in the backyard sharing stories and catching up.