Skip Hardy BS, CPT
“Fitness is an important part of health and well being and at Gateway, it sets the stage for the students to learn and enhance their ability to deal with difficult emotions. As students take the time to improve their physical health they find that their overall well being is improved.”Read More Read Less
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science, University of Utah
- Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
Skip has experienced first hand the benefits that physical fitness has on mental stability, self confidence and emotional well being. He believes in the therapeutic benefits of a targeted daily fitness routine, and knows that the students he works with will be able to learn how to use movement and fitness to reach their personal and therapeutic goals.
After graduating from the University of Utah in 2011 Skip started his career in the fitness industry training in both group and individual settings. He has worked with people from a variety of age ranges, and many different physical abilities. He brought his experience to Gateway Academy in January of 2014, and put it to use teaching the boys the benefits of Strength and Cardiovascular training using a variety of training methods.
Skip spends most of his free time working on his own fitness practice, training in the gym, or running in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. He also enjoys Snowboarding in these same mountains during the winter. Skip is also an accomplished drummer, who has played for around 15 years with a variety of different local bands. He also loves spending time in the beautiful outdoors that Utah provides with his family.
Creating Student Success
Skip has watched a number of students arrive to Gateway without much focus on fitness in their lives, and not understanding the benefits physical fitness can have for them. As these students get into his class and start pushing themselves, beyond what they thought they were capable of, he could see the positivity of their accomplishments helping their personality and character to develop. Many of these students communicate how fitness helps them to regulate their moods, and how their confidence has been improved through the daily exercises in class. The relationship that is built with the students, as they push themselves past doubt and fear, radiates beyond fitness class, and the Gateway community flourishes with these same qualities being shown as students go through their daily lives.
“Yoga and meditation are ancient disciplines that help an individual harness their emotions and connect with their bodies. The word yoga itself translates from sanskrit into the verb: 'to yoke'. Through breath work, physical 'asana' poses and guided meditation, individuals have the opportunity to not only bring their bodies into a balanced physical condition but also to bring their mental well being into a positive, balanced state.”Read More Read Less
- Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Utah
- Certified Yoga Instructor, D’ana Baptiste’s “Inbody Academy”
For James surfing serves as a beautiful metaphor for yoga and meditation: “It is the opportunity to dive deep into yourself and practice finding the balance and strength needed to ride the waves of life. The more you gain awareness, the more you have moments of finding yourself in ‘the tube’ -- the universe swirling around you so fast it stills to a quiet hum as you come to a state of awareness and harmony with your mind, body and soul.
James’ work with youth began in 2002 as a camp counselor at “Ahmek”-- a canoe tripping summer camp located in North Eastern Canada. In 2008, tired of waiting tables, he searched for a job that would allow him to stay in a city, but still bring back the fulfillment he had experienced at Ahmek working with youth. James’ search led him to the Gateway Academy. Since 2008, James has worked in various capacities at Gateway, first as a weekday staff, then a music instructor and in 2013, as the house Yoga Instructor.
James completed D’ana Baptiste’s yoga teacher training program “Inbody Academy” in the sumer of 2011 before his last year of college. James was then hired by Ms. Baptiste to teach at her yoga studio Centered City Yoga, one of Utah’s premiere yoga studios. Aside from teaching yoga at Centered City Yoga and Gateway Academy, James also teaches yoga and meditation at Elementrary schools in Utah through the non-profit “Arts-Kids” organization, East High School with the mens lacrosse team and as a yoga therapist for “Expressive Therapies” which sends him out to various drug/alcohol detox and rehabilitation centers in Utah.
James enjoys playing guitar in his band with his three brothers, “The Hardy Brothers”, trail running, spending time with his friends and family, camping, river rafting, surfing, reading and planning destination yoga retreats.
Creating Student Success
When James first began to teach yoga at Gateway, one of his students was very surprised and angry to learn that it was not acceptable behavior to play Solitaire on his mat during yoga class. Over the course of several months at Gateway this student turned a complete 180, not only developing his own personal yoga/meditation practice, but also by the end of his stay, he gained the ability to lead his fellow peers through a yoga flow and meditation. Seeing this student’s anger and resistance turn into confidence, interest and positivity is exactly what James is all about.