"A miracle is a change in perception." - Marianne Williamson
Occupation: Yoga Teacher
Yoga is … my compass. It helps me stay on course.
What fuels you? Sharing yoga (on and off the mat). I am inspired and fueled by watching people trying their best to do something good for themselves.
My guilty pleasure is … Target
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? I came to yoga to heal chronic headaches. I fell in love with the physical challenge. I took a teacher training to learn more about the practice and that is the moment my life started to shift into fulfilling my wildest dreams.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? How to step back from my emotions and choose how/who I want to be in each situation.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Make a cup of tea and eat peanut butter toast.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Do everything with love.
"Balance is for men who learn to know."
Occupation: Studio Co Owner
Yoga is a tool to help people become a better version of themselves.
What fuels you? My whole foods plant based diet.
My guilty pleasure is Watching TV
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? After years of being invited to try it I finally gave it a chance. I found that i quickly became more physically fit and mentally grounded.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? That I can get through any pose and any challenge off the mat. And to always operate from love, not from fear.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Make coffee, hug my girls.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? The brothers Ween, T. Colin Campbell, Steve Jobs
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.
Occupation: Yoga teacher at Glow yoga and YoGoKids. Physical Education and preschool art teacher at South Baldwin Christian Acadamy.
Yoga helps me to be the best Tara I can be in the present moment.
What fuels you? My twins Aidan and Olivia
My guilty pleasure is Pizza!!! Wine!! And any bachelor or bachelorette or spin off show.
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? I started practicing yoga during a difficult time in my life. I'm not sure what I thought yoga was going to do for me at the time but I am so glad that I tried it. It has changed my life in every way.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? The power of being present.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Snuggle my pug Daisy and wake up my sleepyhead kiddos.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon, and my grandpa Snyder.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Do not let others define who you are. You have all the power inside you to be exactly who you want to.
"Find what brings you joy and go there." - Jan Phillips
Occupation: Marketing Director
Yoga is how I stay strong in my body and my mind.
What fuels you? Connecting with people brings out my energy and creativity.
My guilty pleasure is Little House on the Prairie. Don't tell anyone. ;)
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? I had tight muscles and a weak lower back from running so I started incorporating yoga and pilates as a cross training regime. When we moved to Alabama, I started at Glow Yoga in Gulf Shores pretty much as soon as they opened. Once I let go and allowed the practice to open up my heart and mind, as well as my body, I understood what the hype was about. I can't picture my life without a yoga practice now. It is my therapy, my playground, my laughter and my silence.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? Yoga has taught me that I am creating my reality. My thoughts create the reactions which allow the world to unfold around me as it does. A deep breath to bring me to presence is a lesson I am eternally grateful for.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: My boys and my husband know the first thing I say to them each morning is, "Good morning, I love you"...and then I push them aside and make a protein shake.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? Oprah, Mother Teresa and Mitch Hedberg
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? To not give up on a dream because of the time with will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
Occupation: Retail buyer for family business, Happy Harbor, and a stay at home mom.
Yoga is a huge part of my life. It calms and strengthens me.
What fuels you? Physicalness of yoga practice and other physical activities fuel me.
My guilty pleasure is taking a nap while my kid naps!
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? A friend of mine talked me into trying my first yoga class at Glow in 2014. I was feeling burnt out on working out at the gym. I needed something different in my life and yoga was the perfect fit for me!
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? Not only to breathe, but to listen to my body.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: I get my baby boy out of bed and cook breakfast!
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? Rihanna, twenty one pilots and Pop, my grandfather who passed when I was little.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? It's a song but, always stay humble and kind.
"Turn all of your expectations into appreciation!"
Yoga is: the life jacket that keeps me afloat!
What fuels you? The musicality of the breath and the positive energy surrounding every yoga class that I both teach and take....and chocolate!
My guilty pleasure is Netflix marathons, key lime wine, and cold pizza.
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? My life was consumed with grief after losing my 5 year old son to cancer. I dove in to charity work and other means to help others walking my path. I never took time to help myself. I then lost my mother suddenly and my father had passed years earlier. It was my breaking point. I decided to give Glow a try being I had always been into fitness but wanted a change of scenery from the weight room. Yoga quickly became my anti-depressant. My body felt better, I was surrounded by such an amazing community of people that did not know my pain, that did not pity me, and most importantly, did not judge me. Eventually I made the decision to pursue a yoga teaching career and it was the best decision I have ever made. My mind is clear, my heart is not quite as broken, my light continuosly shines and gets brighter every day.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? I have learned to live in the moment and that it is ok to be sad, to miss my loved ones, but only briefly. I cannot live there in the past. Each day starts with a purpose. Each day is filled with some sort of grattitude. Each day passes one breath at a time!
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Relentlessly check my social media (it's my morning newspaper) and immediately brush my teeth!es.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? My son Jensen, my father Dan, and my mother Sue...all gone too soon and all of whom I have so many things to say to.s
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? That receiving is just as important as giving and to allow myself to be open to receive the gifts, love, and grattitude of others.
"Never say Never!"
Occupation: Mom, Group-X Instructor, 200 Hour RYT
Yoga is a way of life that incorporates physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements. Everything that happens on the mat and in my practice is something I can apply to everyday life. It is a frame of mind that I want to use to lift and inspire others. Life is about setting others up for success. Challenging the body and fueling the mind, body and soul to find your individual light that you can shine and share with others. It is a contagious phenomenon.
What fuels you? Laughter, positive words and embracing life experiences as an opportunity for growth.
My guilty pleasure is SURVIVOR! I love the social experiment element. Having a diverse group of people and taking them out of their comfort zone and seeing how they react and interact is awesome.
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? I started doing yoga over 15 years ago. However, as a mother of three young children if I had an extra hour in the day I wanted to be in the weight room or doing some type of hard core cardio work. Eventually, the wear and tear of constant pounding lead to injuries. After serious physical therapy I realized the importance of balance in the body. Six years ago I got certified through FitTour in Yoga 1 and 2 and have been teaching yoga at the YMCA. I have loved and grown through that experience but when my best friend said come to this class one night it changed my life. I met one of the most amazing mentors and committed to getting my 200 hour RYT. The best thing about yoga life is that it evolves and it stays the same. It can be what you need it to be at any given moment. It’s accepting and unconditional. It can be physical one day and mental or spiritual the next. It is there for you in any way you want it to be.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? Life is good! Acceptance of the diversity in life; love the highs and the lows, the dark and the light, take the good and the bad and realize that is all a part of your story.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Love on my dogs and drink a half of a cup of coffee.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? Joan Rivers, Matt Lauer and Howard Stern. I said laughter fuels me!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? With new information you can change your opinion. Things constantly evolve. We should approach everything with an open mind and an open heart. We can stay true to our convictions but still be compassionate to others and learn from their perspective to breath new life into our understanding.
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