“How can I say that losing my mother was a terrible moment in my life when it was also the exact moment that I understood how to live?” When Kurt Johnsen, founder of America Power Yoga says this, I don’t know what to think. I don’t know where to look and I certainly don’t know what to say. In a simple sentence, a well-posed question, he has summed up the miraculous paradox of life. And Kurt is no stranger to paradox. He is a living example.
At twelve years old, Kurt Johnsen created his first company, and remains committed to innovative entrepreneurship to this day. Over a decade ago, he dedicated his life and his business acumen to the simple goal of creating healthy, happy humans.
In 2001, Kurt founded the nationally recognized yoga system, American Power Yoga. Through American Power Yoga, Kurt has taught tens of thousands of students, and has trained and certified hundreds of APY instructors. Since the inception of APY, he has hosted 60 episodes of the nationally televised show Yoga for Life, which has been translated into five languages and televised around the world.
His DVDs, American Power Yoga Strength and Yoga for Life, have been successful and well received in the industry. Kurt’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Body Slimming Yoga DVD won “Most Accessible Yoga DVD of 2010” in Fitness Magazine (Feb 2010). His latest project, APY60, is a revolutionary home fitness program, distributed through direct response.
Kurt has almost 20 years of training in martial arts and yoga, and is a master (5th degree Black Belt) of the Lightening Fire Mountain System of Tibetan Kung Fu. He also trained in Lama Yoga, Needle in the Cotton (Tibetan Tai Chi), Chi Gong, acupuncture, herbology, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Tai Chi Chuan. Kurt has explored many forms of meditation, including lucid dreaming and out-of-body travel. He received a physical training certification from the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas, TX. He has also studied Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, and many forms of Christianity.
In 2012, Kurt was elected to CEO of Simplified Genetics, the country’s premier genetic testing and analysis provider. Aside from his pursuits in business, yoga, and martial arts, Kurt is a father, a husband, and an explorer. Whether he’s diving with sharks in the Blue Hole, hiking Machu Picchu, surfing Costa Rica, or snowboarding the closest snow-covered cap, he is constantly surveying and studying this amazing planet we share. Kurt continues to teach, train, and learn.
The APY Method
To achieve optimal fitness results, a variety of exercise concepts are necessary to keep the mind and body engaged and challenged. The APY Method is a revolutionary fitness program designed to create healthy happy humans by intertwining effective training methods with a lifestyle philosophy. Our combined collection of classes, offered at our Dallas yoga studio, will assist all in living healthier, and ultimately happier, lives.