Clay Merritt
Clay Merritt

Clay Merritt


Fayetteville, USA



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What does yoga mean to you? What part of the practice do you connect most with?

Through the physical practice and challenging asanas, yoga brings that momentary escape from my busy life. However, it’s the power of breath that truly connects with me. The ability of breath to find mindfulness, calmness, and its uncanny ability to recruit strength in my practice. Over the years, that new found breath has followed me off the mat as well.

How did your yoga journey start?

I discovered yoga during the final years of my military career. Having served 23 years in the Army (16 years with Special Operations), several injuries kept me from the normal physical activities. From the suggestion of his wife, I attended my first yoga class in 2012. I soon discovered that yoga provided me the coping mechanisms to manage disabilities and allowed me to remain physically and mentally fit.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Unfortunately, teaching yoga and inversions is not my fulltime job. Nevertheless, I try to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life. Mindfulness not only helps with my interactions with other, but helps with my own anxieties and past traumatic events. Then on occasion, I help people find their own mat and what it means to them.

What are your greatest passions in life besides yoga?

Over the past couple of years I have acquired a new passion- NFL Football stadiums. I love following my favorite team to different stadiums across the country. For that one weekend I get to immerse myself in a new city, experience new historic sites, practice yoga in new studios, and enjoy a great football game in a new and different stadium. Amazingly, all stadiums are unique and have their interesting oddities.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? Maybe a hidden talent?

What most people don’t know is that deep inside me is a perpetual 10 year old boy. Which is probably a well-known secret with most men. I love reading comic books, playing video games, and collecting car models. If I ever lost all sensibility and self-restraint, I would have a room full of Lego Star Wars. How awesome would that be!

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