Growing up in Opa-locka neighborhood of Miami, Derrick "DJ" Townsel had never even heard of yoga until high school. But it was after several years of playing professional football—and feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally drained—that led him to YouTube, where he typed in "beginners yoga class" and started stretching out his tight shoulder and hips in daily 20-minute sessions. From there, nothing could stop his evolution from NFL athlete to international yoga teacher. (Read his full story here.)
While filming his upcoming online program, Yoga for Strength & Flexibility, Townsel sat down with YJ to talk about shattering stereotypes and what he wants for the yoga community.
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