Hal Reichardt

After 35 years sitting at a desk staring at a computer bombarding me with unsupervised radiation, I needed a little something to freshen up my life. I wasn’t sure what that would be, but the first stop was yoga teacher training. Loved every minute of it.

But my passion to become a willPower & grace® instructor came as a surprise to me. I was a runner for most of my life (heel to toe, I hate to say), but eventually needed yoga to help with tight hips and other problems that come from running in “athletic” shoes on pavement. It was time for a change, and I dove in feet first.

One day I went to my health club for my regular Friday night yoga class and was disappointed to see that they had changed the schedule. Instead of yoga, they were offering something called willPower & grace®. I never heard of it before, but the same person who taught the awesome yoga class (Meagan Faith Schreiber) was teaching this new class, so I decided to be bold and give it a try.

The next day I could barely make it down the stairs in my house. But no one had to see that but my wife and my dog. The class itself was a bit more humbling. I prided myself on being in good shape.  Hey, if Jack Lalane could pull a barge with his teeth when he was 90, I could sure as heck do a challenging exercise class when I’m 60. It’s only fair. But the teacher was moving in ways I didn’t understand. Land toe to heel, she said. Squat like they do in ballet class. Keep your knees together. Lunge like a cougar.

After class, they had to call the maintenance guy to mop up all the sweat on the floor near where I was. (Sorry man. I’ll bring a towel next time.)

Once a week turned to twice, then twice turned to thrice (is that a word?). I mean, I went to class three times a week.

I slowly began to learn the unfamiliar motions. And while I still wasn’t a candidate for “Dancing With The Stars,” at least I could get through class without falling flat on my face.

Then I started feeling stronger, more fit, with better bounce in my step and a brighter gleam in my eye.

As much as I love yoga, two years of doing nothing but yoga practice while I was working toward my teacher certification left a gap in my fitness. I wasn’t getting enough cardio and didn’t feel as strong as I wanted to be. The willPower & grace® classes solved that problem.

When I was training for my Phase I Teacher certification, I was practicing with my Education video or rehearsing on my own six days a week for six weeks in a row. Looking back to that first class a year and a half earlier, I was amazed at how far I had come.

Hal needed to be more brave than he'd imagined - the lone man in his willPower Teacher Training
Hal needed to be more brave than he’d imagined – the lone man in his willPower Teacher Training

But beyond the fitness aspect, what really pulled me in to willPower & grace® is the positive philosophy we weave into our classes.

There is something powerful about moving your body past your previous limitations while you listen in agreement to positive affirmations. They become part of you. Motion and emotion are linked somehow inside of us.

And the class is just plain fun. I often find myself smiling spontaneously in the middle of class. Inside, I am reminded of how much fun it was to just run and play when I was a child, enjoying freedom in space, not worrying if I fall.  Watch the children on the playground. They fall down all the time, and bounce right back up. That’s the kind of freedom I feel in willPower & grace® and I’m thrilled to be started on my teaching journey now, sharing this joy with others.

Hal Reichardt

Hal Reichardt was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Glen Cove, on the North Shore of Long Island. Hal graduated from Stony Brook University in 1977 with a BA in English and moved to the west coast. Hal lived in San Francisco from 1977 until 1989, and earned a Certificate in Business Data Processing from the UC Berkeley Extension in 1986. Hal met his wife Shannon at the Rainbow Cattle Company in the Mission District in 1981, got married in 1984 out in the Sunset District, and moved to Portland, Oregon in 1989 to raise two great kids (Conor and Lindsay).Hal worked day jobs as a writer and editor for 35 years, often rising at 5:00 AM to write and stoke the fires on his dreams before going to work. He is now following his dreams full time.Hal writes humorous personal essays, fiction, and poetry. His publishing credits include 20 humorous essays published in The Oregonian and The Portland Tribune and an article published in Pioneer Magazine. You can find Hal’s humor blog at www.godlovestolaugh.com.


  1. Diana Reichardt
    Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 4:59 pm ·

    Fantastic! More power to you, Hal.

  2. Meg
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at 7:28 am ·

    Great read! Good to get to know our teammates this way Ha! Awesome testimony. :)

  3. Julia Collins
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at 1:37 pm ·


  4. mauritamar
    Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 1:39 pm ·

    Such a great story!!! Wishing you all the best Hal – you have the right attitude to be a fabulous success at whatever you do! Welcome to the willPower team.

  5. Meagan Schreiber
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 3:04 pm ·

    Hal, I’m so proud you. Can’t wait to take your class! You’re an inspiration to many. Let’s all get back to moving younger.

  6. Meagan Schreiber
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 3:05 pm ·

    Hal, I’m so proud of you. Such an inspiration to many. Can’t wait to take your class!!! Let’s all start moving younger.

  7. Emma
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 5:09 pm ·

    Hal such a fun read. It’s nice to find out more about you. I can tell you’re a writer. You are awesome. I look forward to taking one of your Will Power classes.

  8. Hal Reichardt
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 6:15 pm ·

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments!