As a university football coach at Northern Illinois University with a major in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue University and a Masters degree in Sports Administration from Easter Illinois University, Sid's path to healing and inspiring others was destined.
One of his players, Justin McCareins, former player of the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, had injured both of his hamstrings. Under Sid's guidance, Justin began doing Yoga to heal. Inspired by the impact Yoga had on his player, Sid began to incorporate Yoga as an integral part of his team's training while coaching at Morgan State University, which led to the team's first winning season in 23 years.
Sid first began doing Yoga to find a way to heal both physically and emotionally. As he developed his own Yoga practice, he realized many health benefits such as the disappearance of his asthma which had plagued him for 30 years, and a full range of motion in his right ankle that was fused in 1995.
He credits first his parents with inspiring him to move forward and touch so many lives. Sid’s parents were successful and both yogis in their own right, and their lifestyle practices instilled a foundation from which Sid could freely grow and become a yogi master. "I can... I will... I must..." was the mantra used in the McNairy household. This later became, and has remained, the basis of his studio's mantra.
Sid has also been inspired by teachers and coaches, including Baron Baptiste and Rodney Yee. The sequence that Baron teaches helped guide Sid through the shift that took him from coaching on the field to inspiring people on the mat, and have become the foundation of the flow at Sid Yoga.
Sid is committed to giving back to the community and participates in year-round philanthropic work benefitting Sid Yoga’s Community Outreach. His Elite Athlete Program continues to help numerous professional athletes achieve new heights. Sid Yoga’s partner studios are in Nashville, TN and Canfield, OH, and host studios in Miami, Fl and Mytic, CT. In addition to developing a clothing line, Sid will soon publish two books, Empowerment and Beyond..., a 6-week self study program to bring positive change in your life, and Walking with Love, the story of a modern day yogi.