Kerle at peace thanks to yoga
SIMON Kerle was a firebrand in his playing days with NBL club Brisbane Bullets.
Kerle, who sports fluorescent hair, would produce an angst that would exceed the tolerance levels of even the most agitated sportspeople.
Now well into retirement from basketball, Kerle has found peace and tranquillity with Salt Power Yoga.
His interaction with the 3000-year-old form of relaxation has transformed him into a gentle human being.
"I took up yoga after doing an interview with a female journalist who worked with the Courier Mail and she said that she was doing yoga," Kerle said after conducting a class at Salt Power Yoga here.
"I did a class and I loved it and after doing a class in Melbourne, I started teaching it back home in Brisbane."
After starting in a tiny and unsuitable studio, Kerle's newfound profession expanded to two proper branches in the Queensland capital.
He now applies his craft to some high-profile clients.
"I now teach the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Firebirds, Brisbane Lions and Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright," Kerle said.
The latter part of his NBL career was plagued with injury and Kerle believes that had he discovered yoga at the time his games tally would have easily exceeded 400 matches.
"I teach athletes how to do deep stretching and how to relax physically and mentally," Kerle said.
Owner Paul Charalambous said his studio was the first of its kind in Gladstone.
"It's to provide something unique and positive for all walks of life and fitness levels," Charalambous said.