Yoga instructor to lead holiday session

Peter Sterios, founder of the Manduka yoga gear company has been a yoga and meditation instructor for 30 years. He will be at Lululemon on Union Street on Wednesday to lead an hourlong holiday yoga session.

Why did you get involved in yoga?

I was an athlete and I had a lot of injuries from college sports. I found yoga as a therapy for sports injuries. While I was in New Zealand playing rugby, I met an Australian yoga instructor who helped me with my injuries and my meditation; he’s been my teacher for 20 years.

Did it work?

Symptom-wise, I’m free of all the major ones. Occasionally, when I’m sitting a lot, a herniated disk in my lower back will act up. When I’m sitting on a plane to Europe or New Zealand I get some pain, but all I need to do is practice yoga and my pain is gone. I feel so blessed that with this technique I can be pain-free.

Did you just study in New Zealand?

I studied in New Zealand for about four years with the same instructor, then he recommended I go to India and study with his teacher there. I went there and lived there. I’ve been back many times since then.

Do you relay this to your students?

I really try to put it out there that yoga is for everyone. I just finished teaching at Epsilon College at a weekend retreat, it was based on self-healing and it was for those people who have illness or muscular injuries. I enthusiastically teach people to alleviate symptoms and get through some pain. In a typical situation, though, people are stressed out, overworked or exhausted and coming to yoga is extremely beneficial.

How many people can come to the class at Lululemon?

We had 60 people last year and had to close the door on others for safety reasons. So if you want to come, I recommend getting there early. The class is between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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