As a previous football coach at Northern Illinois University with a major in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue University (BA in 1993), and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Illinois University (MS in 1995), Sid’s path to empowerment, freedom and inspiring others was destined.
As a previous football coach at Northern Illinois University with a major in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue University (BA in 1993), and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Illinois University (MS in 1995), Sid’s path to transformation and inspiring others was destined.
One of his players, Justin McCareins, former player of the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, had injured both of his hamstrings. Under Sid’s guidance, Justin began doing Yoga to shift his body. Inspired by the impact Yoga had on his player, Sid began to incorporate Yoga as an integral part of his team’s training which led to the team’s first winning season in 23 years.
Sid’s yoga journey started with meditation. From 8 years of age Sid had coaches in every sport that taught him to meditate, this has carried with him throughout his life. Sid first began doing the physical practice of Yoga to find a way to regain freedom both physically and emotionally. As Sid developed his own Yoga practice, he realized many health benefits such as the disappearance of his asthma which had plagued him for 30 years, as well as a full range of motion in his right ankle that was fused in 1995.
Sid credits his parents with inspiring him to move forward and touch so many lives. Growing up with two successful parents, and yogis in their own right, his mother and father’s lifestyle practices instilled a foundation from which Sid could freely grow and become a yogi master. “I can… I will… I must…” was the mantra used in the McNairy household. This later became, and has remained, the basis of his studio’s mantra.
Sid has also been inspired by teachers and coaches from all over the world. The sequence that his friend and mentor Baron Baptiste teaches helped guide Sid through the shift that took him from coaching on the field to inspiring people on the mat, and has become the foundation of the flow at Lifeline Power Yoga, and now Sid Yoga. Sid Yoga is your energy lifeline to living with power!
Sid is also committed to giving back to the community and continues to participate in year-round philanthropic work benefitting the Baltimore and Native American communities. He is currently emplementing donation based teacher training, and has recently completed his second book Nahi Warrior… spirit of the game and the game is life, which is scheduled to publish in 2016. Empowerment and Beyond was published in 2013.