About Gary

Gary Schroeder, MA, RRT-NPS, RYT-500, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist

garysGary first discovered yoga at the age of 19. At age 20 he spent several months in India visiting various ashrams and practicing with a variety of teachers.  He experienced a hiatus from dedicated yoga practice during which he finished college, established a successful career as a respiratory therapist, raced bicycles, married, and raised a family. During that time his yoga practice became less structured as he explored T’ai Chi and Aikido but he ultimately returned to a committed yoga practice 20 years ago. Since then he completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Hatha Yoga at the Community College of Aurora and co-taught that program for next three years. He went on to complete the American Viniyoga Institute’s 500-hour Viniyoga Teacher Training Program and 500-hour Yoga Therapist Program under the tutelage of Gary Kraftsow and is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist.

As a respiratory therapist, Gary has a particularly deep connection to the power of the breath in yoga practice. He gravitated to Viniyoga for its emphasis on breath-initiated and breath-guided movement along with an individualized adaptation of asana. He has used these practices in his classes as well as in his work with clients, helping them to manage stress, back pain, anxiety, depression and support through cancer treatment.

As well as scheduling private yoga therapy sessions, Gary teaches a weekly Thursday evening class, Gentle II, and every other Monday, a Gentle I class at Inner Connections Yoga, in Castle Rock, CO. In addition he offers weekly  Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes at Parker Adventist Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital and Littleton Adventist Hospital. He also offers a weekly Yoga for Pulmonary Rehabilitation class at the University of Colorado Hospital.