Mike is a former NFL lineman turned Yogi. After playing football for Ohio State University Mike’s football career took him to Pittsburgh for four years where he played for the Steelers before moving on to Chicago to play a year with the Bears.
Through his years of playing, Mike used yoga as a means of training cardio, flexibility, and recovery for football injuries from knee and shoulder surgeries all the way to back surgery. It was after his football career when he began to dive deep into the mental and spiritual limbs of yoga. After feeling the impact of these benefits, Mike decided to become a Yoga teacher. During his first RYT teacher training his knowledge and understanding of yoga expanded and his love for sharing the practice began to take over.
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week, where we will dive deeper into Mike’s healing journey and transition out of football
In this episode, we discussed:
Mike’s early football journey being a top recruit out of high school
How Mike handled a scandal in college and a failed drug test at the combine
Mike’s career in the NFL
What it’s like playing with people that you grew up watching
An incredible story of Mike being jumped and how he processed the PTSD
Dealing with injuries and how that led to disputes and mistreatments from team trainers
Mike’s transition out of the league and how he has grown as a person
Mike’s journey becoming a Yogi and how that has transformed his life