Seguin Citizen: J. Shane Carter
Posted on 9/5/2017 1:00:00 AM.

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I am a co-parent of four busy teens, a retired military officer, a
vacation rental proprietor and Yoga studio co-owner. It involves a
fair amount of driving, a sea of tasks, and a lot of meditation."
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I’ve made it a goal to make sure my on-the-clock time IS what I do
for fun. I spend my days outside tending property on the Guadalupe
River, doing yoga and spending time with wonderful people, our kids
and our dogs. But when I’m not doing that, I play guitar and write
songs or spend time on a wide variety of other projects and interests
from carpentry to kayaking."
What city and state were you born?
"San Angelo, Texas."
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Wife: April, Daughters: Skylar, Zoe, Sons: Bryce, Riley (all Navarro
Panthers) and my Mom: Sheri"
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"It’s tough to isolate the biggest challenge. I’ve had a few. My
mom and I lived in an abuse shelter when I was a kid, I’ve lost a
child, and I’ve participated in lethal combat operations. The
toughest part of all of this was to make sense of the challenges - to
identify a theme and determine a purpose going forward. For me, the
theme seemed to involve violence and the purpose going forward has
been to become an instrument of peace. So I am probably knee deep in
my biggest challenge right now. I am out to reverse the effects of a
lifetime of violent experiences, (to) transform my thoughts and beliefs
at a profoundly authentic level, while living in a culture relatively
enamored with violence. I am lucky to be married to someone who
embodies love, so whatever the outside world has in store, my home is
always filled with compassion. This makes it less challenging to
stay connected to the divine purpose of being love while walking
through a world that tends to reject it. A worthy challenge and we
have an ever-growing team of peacemakers to help us."
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"TV show - M.A.S.H. This show had a way of highlighting the
senseless nature of war, but always showed the necessity of humanity
and humor. (Hawkeye Pierce was also the role-model for my career as
a military officer)"
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"Among my favorites: Led Zeppelin, Patsy Cline, U2, The Clash, Bob
Wills, Bob Marley, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke and Willie Nelson"
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"Court St. Coffee gets the lion’s share of my family’s vote for
where to spend time. It’s the people, music, coffee and the ice
cream. It’s also a Mayfly favorite hangout. We also love Juicy
Fruits for a tasty Ceviche snack."
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I have anxiety. I never even knew what anxiety was until I had a
panic attack in a Best Buy in 2012. I always thought anxiety was a
rather imagined condition primarily reserved for those of the female
persuasion (past tense), but shortly after I retired from the
military, a number of issues began to surface including this strange
little condition that sort of leaves a person paralyzed and
breathless from time to time. It’s not as much of an issue these
days because of yoga and meditation, but I am human and I get a bit
lazy in my practice. One of the main reasons I wanted to share the
practice of yoga is because of how it affects anxiety. In my
experience, yoga was more effective at staving off anxiety than any
medication I encountered."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or
dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"Jesus, Gandhi, Bob Marley, Bruce Lee and my Grandma."
What are your roles in the community?
"Beyond our involvement with our church and our kid’s school, our
studio is our role in our community. Our role is to make Seguin
healthier and happier. We’re on a mission to share fitness and
teach peace."
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I spent 21 years in the Air Force. I spent most of my time as an
aviation instructor and taught at the USAF Weapons School in Las
Vegas. I flew about 60 combat sorties and retired from the Texas Air
National Guard in 2012. After that, I spent some time as the COO of
a government contracting firm, which was leading to great wealth and
the death of my soul so I abandoned that path and have since made a
point of spending my time doing things that make the world a little
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"I do not have a particular moment that really stands out above the
rest. However, every proud moment that comes to mind has more to do
with someone I have watched grow. When my children cross a finish
line, when a former military subordinate takes command of a squadron,
or when a yoga client says they’ve conquered a pain or a pose…
those are big happy moments for me that make it all worthwhile."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Location - You can’t beat this spot. The river, the landscape, the
weather (excluding hurricanes), the proximity to everything in Texas!
Energy – There’s a new generation of young business here and they
are bringing new energy. Seguin is getting a new vibe and it is
Simplicity – The ugly “boom” hasn’t happened here yet. A lot
of towns grow quickly, get busy and turn a little sour. Seguin still
has a smile on its face. My wife and I have found you’re a lot more
likely to encounter down-home kindness in Seguin… even at the DMV.
15. What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
It’s a blank slate. This entire state is developing and Seguin is
just getting started. It’s an exciting time for growth, and a great
time to preserve the simplicity of this cool little Texas town. We
love to see music, fitness and the arts emerging here and we’re
excited to see the mindful fusion of our historic culture and
developing culture."
What are your future plans?
"I want to keep learning. I want to learn more about the healing art
of yoga, more about our town, more about health, nutrition, and
spirituality. I want to meet more people and I want to see more
people smile. Our main goal, however, is to share yoga with as many
people as possible. We sincerely believe this practice transforms
people, families and communities. It brings health and peace from
the inside out. Our belief is deep enough that we’ve sponsored 9
people’s teacher training (Mayfly Project) and they are currently
teaching classes in our studio – all FREE TO THE PUBLIC from now
until our teachers graduate at the end of September."
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Come give yoga a try. We have a lot of free classes throughout the
month of September, and beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9th at Park
West, we’re going to begin our free fall season Yoga in the Park
series. We teamed with Seguin Parks and Recreation to provide free
yoga training to Seguin area children during the summer J.A.A.M. and
this fall we hope to reach whole families. We’ll also be working
with the Seguin Public Library to provide some free classes there as
well. In the studio, along with our free Mayfly Flow classes, we
have a number of specialty classes for rookies, kids, moms, etcetera,
and I teach a Men’s group Wednesday night at 6 p.m. You can see our
schedule at and you can see us on
facebook and instagram as HKYOGASEGUIN. The first class is always
free – no experience or equipment needed. We hope to see you in the
studio at 314 N. Austin St. (across from the Aumont and Hair Haus)."

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