TREY CONATSER

I grew up and went to college in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. People often say they'd expect me to have more of an accent. I thought I'd grow up to be a musician but I turned out to be an academic in the humanities. After Texas I lived in Nebraska, Indiana, and Ohio before moving down to Lexington to work and teach at the University of Kentucky. I took a yoga class during my undergrad because I needed one more credit hour to graduate; I enjoyed it but didn't keep it up. Almost ten years later, when I met my wife, Carly, I really dove into the practice. I'd been living a pretty unhealthy lifestyle: lots of bad food, barely exercising, the stresses of graduate school. I was lucky to have such a community-focused studio in Kent, OH where I could begin my practice. I did my 200-hour teacher training, vinyasa focus, at One Love Yoga, under Carly's leadership. I love how craft beer is often about telling stories, and how it brings people together to appreciate something unique that was made with patience, thoughtfulness, and playfulness. Sounds a little like yoga, doesn't it? If you ask me, the most balanced brew out there is a Belgian tripel: strong but smooth, spiced but also a little sweet, a beer you can sip and savor. A close second would be a cask-pumped English ESB. 


A bunch of questions with | TREY

What is your day job? 

I work for the University of Kentucky's teaching center, which partners with the colleges and other academic units to foster a culture of teaching excellence on campus. I also teach classes in writing, literature, digital humanities, and professional development for college teachers. 

What lights you up?

Poetry, yoga, teaching and learning, exercise, cooking, the outdoors, cats, Belgian sours.

A favorite tv show?

Parks & Recreation—it's a perfect example of the optimistic sitcom. It's easy for humor to be cynical.

A favorite local spot?

Kentucky Native Cafe—where else can you find a German-style biergarten in the middle of Lexington?

What do you love about Balance & Brews?

It welcomes everyone and makes yoga accessible and lighthearted.

What's a dream vacation spot?

I started my graduate studies in British literature, so I've always wanted to visit England. But not just London. I'd want to hike the Lake District, take in the Channel from The Cobb, stand atop Beachy Head.

Hey, you got a nickname?

I wish I could say so, but no. "Trey" isn't my legal name, but I've been called that since birth. It's my real name. It's good to have multiple names in case you need to get away from it all really quick.

A favorite quote? 

I don't have any all-time favorite quotes, but currently I've been stuck on the lines from Wordsworth: "The world is too much with us; late and soon, / Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers."