People of People’s June Edition: Dave Pardue

How long have you been practicing?
Initially, early on in the ’00s, I endured Bikram for 3 or 4 months, then again about 7 or 8 years ago for 3 months or so, until my skin rebelled from the heat. I tried another studio about a year after that for maybe 10 classes, and then found The People’s Yoga in NE. That must have been about 2010. I practiced there for about 6 to 8 months. I have now been practicing steadily at the SE studio for close to the last 1.5 years, 3 to 4 times per week.
Why did you start?
Pain relief. I fell and slid a long way down Mt. Hood back in 1994 and the aches and pains began to catch up with me.

What brings you back to your mat day after day?
There is always something new in every class. I am constantly learning.
I now deal with stress much more effectively now compared to my pre-yoga days. I just spent a good part of the afternoon in the ER waiting room because someone I am pretty close to was injured. I realized I was longing to sit somewhere quiet and meditate. That sounded so good at that moment that I gave it a shot 10 feet from a TV blaring America’s Funniest Home Videos. Helped a little, but with all the people coming and going, kids crying etc. it was very difficult. Also the sense of peace I feel after practicing is palpable.

What do you love about the studio?
I love the teachers! The level of expertise,wisdom, insight, and knowledge is very high. The caring and giving nature of the teachers also score very high marks.

Where are you when you’re not on your mat?
I ride my bike almost everywhere! Another thing I can’t see myself ever giving up.