As a previous football coach at Northern Illinois University with a major in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue University (BA in 1993), and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Illinois University (MS in 1995), Sid’s path to healing and inspiring others was destined.
One of his players, Justin McCareins, former player of the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, had injured both of his hamstrings. Under Sid’s guidance, Justin began doing Yoga to heal. Inspired by the impact Yoga had on his player, Sid began to incorporate Yoga as an integral part of his team’s training which led to the team’s first winning season in 23 years.
Sid first began doing Yoga to find a way to heal both physically and emotionally. As Sid developed his own Yoga practice, he realized many health benefits such as the disappearance of his asthma which had plagued him for 30 years, as well as a full range of motion in his right ankle that was fused in 1995.
Sid credits his parents with inspiring him to move forward and touch so many lives. Growing up with two successful parents, and yogis in their own right, his mother and father’s lifestyle practices instilled a foundation from which Sid could freely grow and become a yogi master. “I can… I will… I must…” was the mantra used in the McNairy household. This later became, and has remained, the basis of his studio’s mantra.
Sid has also been inspired by teachers and coaches such as Rodney Yee and Baron Baptiste. The sequence that Baron teaches helped guide Sid through the shift that took him from coaching on the field to inspiring people on the mat, and has become the foundation of the flow at Lifeline Power Yoga, and now Sid Yoga. Sid Yoga is your energy lifeline to living with power!
Sid is also committed to giving back to the community and continues to participate in year-round philanthropic work benefitting the Baltimore Yogi Project. He is currently developing a free Yoga training for the citizens of Tolas, Nicaragua, and has recently completed a book Walking with Love, the story of a modern day yogi, which is scheduled to publish in 2012..
In my life I have realized I cannot change the world, I am the only person that I can change. As I change I can affect my family, my family can affect our community, our community can affect our state, our state can affect our country, our country can affect the world. In the end I can affect the world and we all can change!