Inspiring Others

Paul Moore is a USA Yoga Adult 50+ champion and competitor with a mission. After successfully winning medals in three Nationals and the Gold medal in the 2016 International competition, he is now the man behind the Yogi Road Show, traveling to different studios to inspire others of all ages to compete.

Paul has been practicing for more than eight years. He started because of knee pain from an old leg injury due to a car accident. Two weeks of Hot yoga classes made a big difference, so he continued.  “What really keeps me going are the mental benefits - better calmness, life is brighter,” he said. “More recently my practice has started to provide a sense of purpose. Sharing my practice, inspiring others to do the same, gives deeper meaning.”

At age 65, he works hard at his day job as a Software Engineer with IBM, but heads to the Hot Yoga Mira Mesa studio every weekday evening at 6:30 PM to practice. On the weekends, he leads an open Advanced Series class on Saturdays, and then takes an Advanced Series class on Sundays. He also takes an occasional Yin class. Paul is a dedicated yogi who rarely takes a day off.

Watching and participating in yoga competitions over the past five years has provided a major source of inspiration for his practice.  He enjoys watching the competition routines as well as meeting the yogis and learning of their dedication He has found that competitors work incredibly hard to develop their routines, and that some have had to overcome physical limitations. “It's not just youth and great genetics!” he says.

He also studies yoga and recently finished "Yoga, Karma and Rebirth" by Stephen Phillips. One of his favorite yoga books is "Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight" by Rujuta Diwekar.  He is taking the author’s advice about mindful eating, incorporating more fruits and vegetables in his diet. He avoids foods that prevent peak performance, though he still enjoys a slice of pizza now and then!

He finds that his yoga helps him with his day job as well. He is learning to be more mindful and less reactionary at work. As for the accident that resulted in the knee injury, it was actually a blessing in his eyes as he wouldn’t have started yoga without it.
Paul says that his first few competitions were “pretty terrifying” because “you can’t hide, you can’t say anything, it’s quiet and you have to have the dialogue inside your head.” He advises yogis considering competition to give it a try as the rewards are great. “Getting to meet and talk to the other competitors is a wonderful experience,” and one he recommends to others.
Paul realizes that a regular and dedicated practice, grounded in the Beginner Series, is critical to improving his competition routine. “I’m amazed at how my body responds to the practice. Even at age 65, I can see progress in flexibility, strength and balance,” he says.

His goal for the 2018 competition season is to push himself harder with more difficult postures. For example, instead of Rabbit he may try to do Standing Head to Knee, Instead of Floor Bow, he may try to do Standing Bow Pulling. The men’s Adult 50+ Division is getting more competitive. “To stay with the pack, I’m going to have to pick it up a bit!” he explained.

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