“My wife and I have a delicate dance,” he says.

“She works full time, I work full time and I run two studios…every week we kind of just take a breath and somehow it just all works out. I don’t really have an answer as to how it works out but we make it work.”

As well as keeping him strong, limber and in top physical shape, Seutter says yoga is also crucial to maintain his mental wellbeing.

“As you continue to practise you start to understand that there are deeper layers and the biggest one is the mental resilience through being present, meditating, doing breathing exercises – all these kinds of other facets of yoga that aren’t always apparent when people first start going to yoga class.”

Seutter says the importance of these elements was made crystal clear when he was forced to take a break from his work due to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I was off work for about nine months from the fire service and through that time I had to focus on mediation and yoga practice that would help me overcome all the issues and all the trauma – all the people dying and traumatic things, car accidents, all the stuff that first responders see every day,” he says.

“And so yoga has really helped me understand that side of myself that I needed to deal with and all the traumas that I had experienced as a firefighter for almost 20 years now, and then finding ways to maintain that resilience moving forward.”

Source: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2021/10/passion-project-burning-passion-for-yoga-inspires-firefighter-s-side-hustle.html


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