Yoga instructor sees positive change in others

One of the oldest forms of exercise in the world, yoga has guided its loyal practitioners on physical and spiritual journeys for centuries.

Dave Sims is no exception.

In 2011, Sims found himself teaching yoga in his spare time, while also running a consulting business helping new start-ups. He has also spent several decades in the hospitality industry opening new restaurants, developing franchises and serving as Director of Operations.

“I started teaching yoga to share the incredible benefits I had gained from my personal practice,” Sims said. “Gradually I found myself teaching in five different locations around Indianapolis and intended to teach under one roof one day.

As fate would have it, a chance lunch with the owner of CITYOGA gave Sims the opportunity to take charge of the facility’s operations and lead all of his classes there. Now, as an instructor / studio owner at CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, Sims teaches a variety of styles of yoga in addition to handling teacher training programs and administrative responsibilities. This spring, Sims will work with his wife, Dr. Ann Collins, to teach yoga classes at the new Nourish Wellness Center.

“As I continue to learn, I hope to grow in my practice and my ability to teach others,” he said. “I want to pass on what I have learned from the many amazing teachers I have had the privilege of studying with.”

Question: How long have you been practicing yoga?

Responnse: “I first explored the physical practice (asana) of yoga in the early 2000s while training for a marathon. I started practicing every day in 2009. My daily meditation practice started in the mid-1980s.

Q: What makes your practice and your teaching approach unique?

A: “I bring my meditation and adventure sports experience to the mat. Some classes are physically powerful; others are more interior-centered, almost meditative. I believe that we can reap all the benefits of yoga by practicing consciously. Show up on the mat and focus on the breath, noticing the subtle energies of emotions, stress, tension and real feeling in our body. When we can practice with this intentional awareness, yoga reaches a much deeper level to promote the health and well-being of our body, mind, and spirit.

Q: What makes your job cool?

A: “I can do what I love and share what excites me every day. I can see people experiencing the transformation that yoga can facilitate in their lives, and as an added bonus, I meet a lot of really cool people in the process.

Q: What is not so cool about your job?

A: “Laundry. Part of my job is to wash the hot yoga towels.

Q: What would people be surprised to know about Indy’s yoga community?

A: “That we grow rapidly, as evidenced by the growth of our annual Monumental Yoga community event. The event takes place on Monument Circle in downtown Indy on June 21, celebrating the summer solstice and raising awareness of the benefits of yoga. Last year we saw over 2,000 people participate.

Q: What are your most memorable teaching experiences at CITYOGA?

A: “There are so many! I have seen people start practicing yoga and lose up to 40 pounds of unwanted weight. I saw a man in his sixties start practicing yoga and Soon he was able to start walking without a cane. Assisting two amazing teachers, Nikki Myers and Marsha Pappas, in our yoga teacher training program. And I saw a student make a breakthrough that has profoundly changed his life and touched me deeply.

Q: Do you need any qualifications, certifications or special training to do your job?

A: “You need a consistent personal yoga practice – you can only teach what you know, and a teacher training certification of at least 200 hours, recognized by the Yoga Alliance.”

Q: What skills and characteristics are needed to be successful in this field?

A: “You need to be a sociable person, able to relate to people from all walks of life, and have a high level of energy and a working knowledge of how to keep your body, mind and spirit healthy and vibrant. . “

Q: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you took on this job?

A: “I walked in with my eyes wide open. I guess knowing what I know now, I would have accepted this job sooner.

Learn more about Dave Sims

Job title: Yoga teacher.

Age: 53.

Education: Bachelor of Arts and Media Sciences.

Family: Married, five children.

Favorite musicians: U2.

Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

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