Carl Palmer — actor

Yoga is a holistic experience for many — mind, body, spirit — but did one element or another first draw you to the practice? That is, were you seeking to settle your mind? Have greater physical flexibility? Explore your true, spiritual nature?

I’d hurt my back doing Shakespeare and after occupational rehab had succeeded some, I decided to give yoga try in addition

How about now: does yoga feed your mind or your body or your spirit more, or are those elements more in balance than when you started?

feeds them both equally — and they’re more in balance when I’m practicing regularly

How long have you been practicing yoga?

since 2010…. though I first dabbled while in acting school back in 1985

How frequently do you practice yoga?

very irregular —  I like to do it twice a week — I do a few yoga stretches every day, but sometimes (like now) a month might go between sessions

Are you more likely to attend classes at a studio or practice yoga at home?

at a studio in a gym, though I did it at home during Covid (via an online instructor)

Do you have a preferred yoga style?

any style works

When you were starting out, what came easiest and what was more challenging?

easiest was breathing and settling my mind —  most challenging was I’m just not very limber

What have been the greatest benefits of yoga for you?

it’s great for my back, my spirit, my flexibility, and it seems to help me with weight loss

Apart from yoga, do you practice other techniques of mindfulness or meditation?

I walk and swim a good deal, but the meditation which occurs only comes naturally while doing for the most part

Do you regularly do other forms of exercise?

yes: swimming, weightlifting, walking

Outside of a yoga session, do you ever just strike a pose and stretch?

not really, though like mentioned before, I do a few yoga stretches every morning…. most involving my low back and legs, plus the cow and cat

If I gave you an expenses-paid yoga retreat, where would you go?

I’m easy — wherever’s expenses-paid — the whole world’s interesting to me

—interview © Marshal Zeringue