It took nearly two years for a friend to finally convince Al to give yoga a chance, but in 2008 he attended Angela Gargano’s Candlelight Flow at Bliss Flow Yoga in Madison. What he found was that the feeling of being the awkward newbie quickly faded, and that yoga offered not only a physical challenge but a sense of peace he’d never experienced before. Over the years, Al’s interest in yoga deepened and in 2014 he enrolled in Yoga One’s 200 Hour Teacher Training program, led by Meg Galarza. Initially, Al entered the program without any intent to teach as he was only seeking to gain a better understanding of the practice. However, upon completion of the training he felt compelled to share what he’d learned from Meg with others.
Al’s wish is that his classes – which incorporate energetic, vinyasa-based sequences paired with fun and eclectic music playlists – might someday resonate with students in the same way that Angela’s class had inspired him years ago. Al lives, works, practices yoga and rides his bike in and around Madison, and spends entirely too much time obsessing over music, music playlists, music history… I think you get the point. He likes music and yoga.