Forsyth Family Magazine
Written by: Elisa D. Wallace
Triad Hot Yoga brings the heat to the YMCA
“Ultimately our goal is to help people live better healthier lives,” said John Budd, the driving force behind Triad Hot Yoga. “I originally got into yoga as a method of healing old injuries,” he continued. “I got more than I bargained for and my whole life improved: I was happier, could breathe more easily, and gained flexibility, strength and balance.”
Budd decided to open the studio after enjoying a long love affair with yoga exercises. Originally in 1983, while attending Appalachian State, Budd sought out the practice to help recuperate from a painful neck and back injury received playing high school sports. Later on after serving in the Military as a pilot he would return to practicing.
The instructor enjoyed intense sports. From running to martial arts, Budd enjoyed pushing his body to the limit. However, with the rush that comes with these sports, also comes the wear and tear they do to the body. After tearing the cartilage and ligaments in both of his knees, Budd knew something had to change. The yogi then returned to yoga and began learning about all of the different variations.
Athletes in their prime, who like Budd enjoyed pushing the limits, would come to Budd for guidance when practicing yoga. “I was amazed at how yoga helped athletes who were in their best shape, quicken their reflexes and extend longitivity in their sport.”
Yet it isn’t only elite athletes who can benefit from yoga. “From recovering addicts to star athletes, anyone can benefit from yoga,” said Budd. “Yet most people quit practicing yoga before they receive any real benefit and their mind refuses to look inward.” The pilot went on to discuss how “when you stop the ‘Mind Stuff,’ it allows God to work miracles.”
Different from traditional, non-heated yoga sessions, the heated studio allows muscles, joints and tendons to stretch more easily, while also detoxifying the body through sweating. The end result being improved health, focus, strength, balance, flexibility, and vitality. Practicing students ultimately begin to handle stress better. “The focus for our students,” continued Budd “is to intimately intertwine their breath, mind and body, during each session.”
The importance of being able to handle high stress is one thing the pilot knows a great deal about. “While serving overseas, I saw upfront how there is humanity behind all people: including our enemies,” he said. “Some people make bad choices, but they are still created in God’s image,” continued the instructor. “And that is why I enjoy practicing yoga so much; it celebrates and values all human life, regardless of religion, nationality, race, or sex,” said Budd. “The international yoga community is amazing and transcends all boarders.”
Like all of the instructors at Triad Hot Yoga, Budd is certified in a number of different yoga practices. “I enjoy all types of yoga; from Bikram, which is highly intense to Anusara, which focuses on the five universal principles of alignment and ultimately brings out my intuitive side,” he said.
Today Budd is a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher. He also is certified to teach level 2 and level 3 Hot Vinyasa Yoga through the Barkan Method. Budd holds a 200 hour level Anusara Inspired teaching certificate through Seaside Yoga and is a RYT through the Yoga Alliance.
Erin Alexander is another Triad Hot Yoga instructor. Alexander received her Bikram Yoga teacher certificate in 2003 in Los Angeles, CA. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and Bikram Yoga since 2000.
Dwyane Morgan is the newest instructor. He is RYT through the Yoga Alliance, 2nd degree MMA black belt, served in the special operations community as an Airborne Ranger, and is a highly skilled Alexander Technique Instructor.
When asked what separates the studio from others, Budd said “we don’t recite a scripted dialog, and for teachers that forces us to be more connected and creative with our teaching.” Classes are alignment oriented, and both basic and advanced level postures are taught. It is through constant offering of various yoga postures that students will most benefit. “By changing our postures and breathing, students have a better range of motion, and deeper breakthroughs,” he ended.
Partnering with the YMCA is another aspect that makes the studio different. “I’ve been connected to the YMCA my whole life; so it wasn’t a difficult decision to partner with them.” Budd’s hot yoga studio is located within the Robinhood YMCA. The YMCA offers childcare, teen care, other programs, and great pricing.
Budd was also pleased to note that the Y’s main mission is the same as Triad Hot Yoga. “Our studio focuses on the same core values as the YMCA: to develop programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” For more information on Triad Hot Yoga, visit them online at www.triadhotyoga.com