Ryan was first drawn to the practice of yoga over 18 years ago while earning his degree in biomechanics and kinesiology at the University of Richmond. Ryan has always balanced between the world of athletics and academics. Ryan was a member of the football team during his time at Richmond and went on to play professionally for the Carolina Panthers.
Ryan is a graduate of the Wilmington Yoga Center teacher training program. He has studied under Noelle Whittington, Tamal Dodge, and Jason Crandell. He continues to pursue his study in anatomy and physiology extensively. Ryan leads workshops and training modules internationally on the human body and its connection with yoga.
Off the mat, Ryan is a board member of the Peace Through Yoga Foundation through which focuses to enrich, educate, and empower girls in rural areas. Ryan works directly with the Girls For Success Project, an afterschool education and empowerment program for girls in the rural communities of Carbón and Hone Creek, Costa Rica.
Using a mindful approach to the body, Ryan hopes that students develop a connection to their practice so that it might be a foundational tool in their daily lives.