Connecting with motorcyclists through yoga
Story By Kyle Pozorski
Local News Published 08/23/2021 7:06AM, Last Updated 08/23/2021 3:45PM
Gregory Ormson is not your typical Harley rider. He's not your typical yogi either. Ormson retired from working at North Central Technical College several years ago. After a few moves across the country, Ormson now teaches multiple Yoga for Bikers classes at his local Harley dealership in Arizona.
Ormson talked about why he teaches yoga. "This workshop is Yoga for Bikers and it really is designed to put bikers at ease in the saddle long term so that as bikers live and get into the elder years, they still have some flexibility," Ormson said.
"When I started four years ago, it was the only yoga offering inside the dealership of a Harley-Davidson in the country, possibly in any dealership," Ormson said. "So I think what this says is, take your yoga to the place where people are. Don't wait for them to come to you."
In his retirement, Ormson discovered that learning yoga benefited him mentally when riding his motorcycle. He says that anyone, young or old, can reap the benefits of yoga.
"This can have healing consequences not only for the individual biker but for their connections, their family, their community," he said. "The yoga people will tell you, you're never too sick, it's never too late, you're never too unable to do something. For example, There's chair yoga, there's yoga when it's just breath, and it's adapting your life situation within the confines of what you can do," said Ormson.
For now, Ormson will continue to do what he can to help others learn the practice of yoga, adapting it to their interests.