Let’s Chat With Steve Norehad

When he’s not out paddle boarding on Lake Michigan or driving his kids to and from the ice rink, Steve Norehad sneaks in a little time on his mat to round out his busy, but exceptional life. With 3 children, an avid Starbucks habit (anyone else see him there every morning around 5:30 for his first cup?) he makes his yoga practice a priority in his already physically enriched life.  Let’s see what Steve has to say…..

Q. How long have you been practicing yoga and how did you get into it?

Reach is the first place I’ve ever practiced yoga and I’ve been practicing since January of 2017. I ended up becoming a yoga lover after being invited to a class by another reach member – I’m pretty sure I was back the very next day, except this time for a basics class so I could get a good foundation! There was and still is SO much to learn and I find myself exhilarated by the continuous opportunities for growth that yoga offers.

Q. Why do you practice yoga? How does it benefit you?

Yoga is a great physical, spiritual and emotional release. As an “aging” athlete (is that PC enough?) I’ve found that yoga helps with strength, balance and conditioning of all those little muscles you don’t get from a standard gym workout. Even more important, the inward challenges of yoga are spiritual food and a source of energy. One of my teachers suggested that yoga is a great metaphor for life. It doesn’t always go the way you want, but almost always at the end of class there’s a break through even if you didn’t get a pose perfect… Like life, there is no perfect in yoga and always room for improvement and growth.

Q. How often do you typically practice yoga?

2x to 3x per week

Q. How do you occupy your time outside of Reach Yoga?

I’m blessed to have 3 wonderful kids, Jack, Peter and Margot. We have a three-travel sport schedule plus violin so much of my time is devoted to driving, scheduling, cooking and cleaning. I love coaching hockey and have had the pleasure of coaching Margot 7 out of the last 8 years. Generally speaking my time revolves around Faith, Family and Friends. There is nothing more important.

Q. What was your first job?

Wilmette Bicycle and Sports Shop – 1981.

Q. What city, anywhere in the world, would you recommend everyone visit?

Hong Kong

Q. What is your favorite food to cook or eat?

Tough question. Pretty much everything. My grandmother, an Armenian lady from Smyrna (Izmir) Turkey used to say “Stevie, food is love”. So, in that way, I love to eat and I love to cook.  My favorite for a quick meal for me and the kids is Lake Superior White Fish covered with Mayonnaise and paprika. Broil for 11 minutes. The mayo caramelizes. Serve with Armenian rice pilaf with browned egg noodles (in butter) and broccoli or grilled Brussel sprouts. Very yummy, let me know if you want the recipe!

Q. What was the last live performance you attended? How was it?

David Byrne at the Chicago Auditorium. Best musical performance I’ve ever seen.

Q. Do you participate in any sports or fitness activities other than yoga?

I love ice hockey, paddle boarding, working out at the beach, golf, tennis, disk golf pretty much anything that involves the outdoors and adventure.

Q. What are you currently reading/watching ? 

Presidential Leadership: Learning from United States Presidential Libraries and Museums by Dan Nielsen and Emily Sirkel. Fascinating perspective

Q. Coffee or tea?


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