September 2013 Student of the Month

Gregg Rosenfield

gregg Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 54 years old and have been in newspaper and magazine publishing most of my life. I have been married for 29 years and have 5 children, most who practice yoga. In addition to yoga, my hobbies are family, nature, horses and martial arts.
What brought you to the yoga practice?
I came to yoga after a debilitating back injury and my sports medicine doctor suggested yoga.
How often do you practice?
I go to yoga 2x per week and cross fit 3x per week.
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking you first class?
I had horrible back pain and yoga cured it. Later I had a knee injury that kept me from walking and/or driving for 7 months. I'm still not able to do all the postures, but I'm far better off than if I didn't practice yoga.
What are the greatest benefits of your practice?
There are unbelievable benefits from yoga and cross fit. I believe yoga is one of the keys to a long, healthy life. My life is extremely hectic and I have a lot of pressure. The Union is also a way for me to get order back in my life by having a vehicle to release my frustrations in a productive way.
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
My dad is my role model. He will be 86 in a couple of months. He works out every day, travels, has an amazing attitude, eats right and lives life to fullest. Few people live that long and the one's that are around are plagued with issues. I’m investing in the Union so I have the opportunity to be like my dad!
What is your favorite part of the yoga?
Yoga and prayer time are the only times I have without interruption from the world. It's my time.