It's been a long strange trip indeed. Commercial photographer, lawyer, professor, artist, author, entrepreneur and yoga and meditation teacher, Garry Appel brings his unique and unusually broad scope of life experiences to all his teaching. Garry first experienced meditation at the tender age of eight and it eventually became a permanent part of his daily life. Similarly, he began studying Buddhism and other eastern mindfulness practices at an early age, which ultimately evolved into a deep and consistent daily practice. A new door opened when yoga captured Garry's heart, mind and body, a truly a transformative experience. It was clear that yoga, in its broadest sense, was an obvious extension of the meditation and Buddhist practices. He gave up the practice of law in 2015 after a 35 year career and now focuses his energies on sharing yoga and other mindfulness practices with others. He is the author of Learning Yoga – The Beginner’s Step by Step Guide, a unique approach to beginning a yoga practice. His broad and varied background, including a teaching career that has spanned more than thirty years, has been a precious gift and he is honored to be able to give of himself to others by sharing his experience of yoga and meditation. His extensive life experiences inform his teaching and allow him be to be a uniquely effective yoga teacher and writer, accessible to students of various experience levels and backgrounds.”
What do I do best?
I teach what I learn. The more I have explored in life, the more I have learned about the nature of the world and the more I have been able to share. Part of that experience is sharing my experiences fearlessly, without the need for approval of praise. Ego interferes with honesty. When ego subsides, truth emerges.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Where I am today has been a journey of a lifetime of individual footsteps. Each step was essential on the road that led to here. No one step was more or less important or significant than any other.
What are my aspirations?
There is no distinction between my personal and business goals. I have only one purpose, to continue to explore, through exploration to discover and upon discovery, to share.
My Biggest Success?
Letting go of the need to be important or successful.
My Most Challenging Moment?
Wow. Just one? If forced to pick, probably living up to a promise I made myself when I was young, that if I ever stopped loving what I was doing, I’d stop and find a different path. That time came after a career of 30-some years. It was a challenge to let go of what I had been and how I had defined myself for a long time. But, what was on the other side is wonderful.
It’s probably not a motto, but it can be a mantra. I have been exploring the meaning of “I am” for a number of years. It’s an assertion and poses many questions.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My father would be my favorite historical person. My wife, my children and my friends are my favorite current people.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
I’ve been very fortunate to travel to many wonderful places all over the world. I love the power of the ocean. I love the quiet of the mountains. I love the vibrancy of cities and I love gentleness of the countryside. Each one is my favorite, including home.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I don’t think I can pick one thing over another. I enjoy what I have, but don’t miss any of it when it’s gone.
My Current Passions?
Teaching yoga and meditation. Writing about what I’ve learned to pass the experiences on to others who care to know. Exploring the subtle world. Experiencing everything as fully as I am able.