In this practice we will explore one of Rudy Mettia’s principles, Repetition + 1. Rudy has suggested that we unknowingly, unnoticeably, and with gradual inevitably begin to lose our physical abilities at the periphery of our fullest potential. Through a series of prescribed asana’s we will, through repetition and addition, address and perhaps delay this natural encroachment of father time thus redefining the plateau of our physical lives and hopefully prolonging our physical grace and power well into our later years. The inquiry begins.
If when you think “yoga instructor” you picture a waif in Taiwanese pants, you will understand why Rudy Mettia says, “I don’t look like your average yoga teacher.” He certainly doesn’t. The brawny, former Marine still has the presence and power of a world-class athlete, but now spends his days teaching some of the most popular and sought after yoga classes in Southern California.
With tens of thousands of students worldwide and more than a decade of teaching under his belt, Rudy is known for his unique combination of fierce wit, Southern charm, and mastery of physiological science. He blends yogic philosophy with real-world applications to inspire students to cultivate optimum health for their bodies as well as their minds.
Orphaned at age nine, Rudy spent his childhood in a string of North Carolina foster homes. Growing up he was deeply immersed in the worlds of fitness and athletics, and physical activity became his solace during this time of great adversity. Rudy went onto follow his late father’s footsteps and join the Marines, where he developed a rigorous sense of dedication and discipline. His experiences in the service and extensive background in physical training have given him the unique capacity to understand and redirect the fitness mentality many students bring to the mat.
After the Marines, Rudy worked a variety of jobs, including policeman, bartender, bodyguard, and even a tough-as-nails bouncer for Hollywood clubs. Finally, in 1992, he inadvertently landed himself in a yoga class while working out at Gold’s Gym. While his first experience on the mat wasn’t quite a “love-at-first-down-dog” experience, he eventually made his way to Bryan Kest’s class in Santa Monica and found a yoga home.
In 2001, Rudy took his first teacher training with Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford at YogaWorks in Santa Monica. He later joined the staff at Santa Monica Power Yoga, where he is still a senior teacher. In 2009, Rudy founded the Power Yoga 360 Teacher Training method. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, as well as an ambassador for both lululemon and Manduka. Rudy continues to honor his military family through his role as the Yoga Specialist for the veteran-support organization Harvesting Happiness for Heroes.
Rudy channels his experiences from both on and off the mat to inspire students to create a body and mind built to withstand the pressures of life. Armed with a huge heart, wicked sense of humor, and fierce belief in the practice, Rudy’s enthusiasm for yoga shines through in every class helping each of his students to become a yoga warrior themselves.
“I’m a craftsman. I show up every day, seven days a week, determined to make the world a better place, one student, one breath, one posture at a time.”