Bio

Brian Franke

RYT-200

Yoga came to me at the most difficult time of my life.  After losing a close friend in a brutal murder during the spring of 2011, my mind went into a state of heightened fear, anxiety and distrust.  Fortunately I knew I was not handling the grieving and wave of negative emotions well, and decided to go to therapy for the first time in my life where I was diagnosed with secondary PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

My therapist recommended I try yoga and meditation instead of giving me medicine.  I can remember going to my first yoga class and leaving with my mind and body feeling much more calm and relaxed than how I had been coming into the class.

As I got passed my difficult period, I acknowledged that yoga was helping me to assess, re-evaluate and give me tools to encounter everyday life challenges with new approaches.  It's helped me develop new and healthier habits from my diet to handling stress to developing a better understanding of who I am in this world.

In the spring of 2019 I finally decided I wanted to take the next step and become a yoga teacher.  I spent a month in Yogaville, an Ashram in Buckingham County Virginia along the James River studying with many teachers and Swamis.  As yoga has been a gift in my life, I wish to give that gift back to others wherever they may be in life.

My yoga style focuses on several practices which include Integral yoga, vinyasa yoga, breathing techniques, meditation, and the ethics of yoga.