Hi there. I’m Nick and I am lucky enough to make my living doing what I love most: teaching yoga to people of all skill levels in one of the most beautiful spots on earth – Missoula, Montana.
This wasn’t always my dream. If you knew me just a few years ago, you’d be shocked to see me doing yoga and sharing that practice with others.
See, I grew up on the sunny shores of a tiny beach town called Carpinteria just outside Santa Barbara, California. Bored with life in paradise, my friends and I caused quite a bit of mischief until, at age 17, I joined the Army to go out and make something of myself.
More than anything, I wanted to find my purpose and calling. I wanted to spend my life doing something I was good at, that I enjoyed and that served my community.
For me, the Army was a great fit. While all my friends were going off to college, I saw myself at the beginning of a lifelong career in military service.
But when three years flew by and it came time to renew my contract, I also saw how hard my choice was on my family, and I began to consider taking another route.
For the next two decades, I floated aimlessly. I worked odd jobs – at a boutique hotel where I rubbed shoulders with Hollywood celebrities, at an electric company managing orders in the warehouse…
… I also met and married my wife, followed her to Oregon, got a family dog and (after a months-long road trip across the Northwestern U.S.) made the choice to move to Montana.
Throughout our journey, I continued the search for a passion that could possibly sustain and challenge me in a meaningful way. I became a father, found fly fishing, tried river boarding and hiking.
Nothing felt like the right fit.
Until I found yoga.
I started reluctantly. To me, yoga wasn’t a “real workout.” It was “for women.” It wasn’t “hardcore enough.” But let me tell you, yoga is a WORKOUT. It’s for EVERYONE. And it can be as hardcore as you want it to be.
At this point, I’m three years into my own yoga practice and I have seen unbelievable benefits, both physical and mental, that extend to every part of my life:
- My Army-related injuries (back, neck and hip) have mostly resolved, enabling me to get better sleep and be a more involved Dad
- My muscle tone and balance have improved and my “beer” gut – which I thought would never go away without months of core work – is totally gone
- My mental attitude is completely different, giving me better focus and a more positive outlook no matter what life throws my way
I am an entirely different, healthier, more positive person today than I was three years ago. And it’s all because of yoga.
Now, I’m pumped to spend my time sharing the same benefits I experienced with everyone around me. I want you to grow stronger, mentally and physically, so that you can be a better father/ mother/ hiker/ climber/ runner/ surfer, etc.
Yoga is about YOU, making one small decision to prioritize your own health and wellness.
I know you’re going to love it. Check out my classes here to get started.
Nick Gonzalez trained in flow and 26&2 hot yoga at Evolation Yoga in Santa Barbara, California. His teaching philosophy centers on “yoga for all,” with each class specifically designed to show the benefits of the practice to people of all skills levels, from beginner to intermediate.