February 2016 Student of the Month

Milton Antony

Milton Antony Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well where do I start? I guess with the origin story.  I was born in India, spent about 11 years in Nigeria before moving to Houston and made it to San Antonio about 4 years ago.  I have an 8-year-old daughter who I love (mostly because she reminds me so much of myself). I work at Pearson Education where I lead a small team in Digital Marketing/Sales.  Improving the education system and prison reform are two of my passions, which I will make an impact on in my lifetime.
What brought you to the yoga practice?
Yoga/meditation has always been a way for me to put some context to the gifts the universe has given me.  So I guess what brought me to class was trying to find meaning behind the blessings.  The blessings of life, strength, health, and perspective and how those gifts should be leveraged to help make impact for others. 
How often do you take class?
Hmm I have been putting a lot of effort in Crossfit lately (mostly because I miss the Asian style parenting that I grew up on and Laurel really fills that void ) between the Crossfit and Yoga about 5-6 times a week. 
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking you first class?
Helping with my ADHD has been the biggest thing.  Not sure if that counts as physical or mental but I think it's physical.
What are the greatest benefits of your practice?
Connecting.  Being able to be connected with the universe on a pure level no matter how momentary helps me connect on a deeper level with the people out side of the yoga room.   Empathy is something I'm constantly working on especially in a world, despite being more and more connected feels isolating. 
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
I first started doing yoga years ago on one of my trips through India and fell In love with the sense of abundance it gave you.  The feeling of being such a small but integral part of existence was such a liberating feeling.  Every time I leave my practice at The Union I get to capture a little more of that feeling and hopefully I get to spread it to those I encounter outside. Hmm maybe I should say something like Abs or a nice butt.  Oh or maybe "supercharging my metabolism" yeah that's it, go with that, people love a supercharged metabolism. 
What is your favorite part of the yoga?
The community.  I'm not sure how they have cultivated such a culture of acceptance and the constant pursuit of the next level but I love it and the energy is contagious.