"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.
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded."
Occupation: I moonlight as a Yoga Instructor, but I am an Environmental Assistant and Badass full time.
Yoga is My favorite way to work out while simultaneously slowing down from the day or prepping for the day depending on the class time.
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.
What fuels you? Opportunities to learn, grow, and explore in pretty much any capacity.
My guilty pleasure is Basically any type of book (cook books, coloring books, fiction and non, field guides,.... you get it) and attempts at nature photography. Maybe buffalo wings too.
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? I began a regular practice at Glow to recover from running and to improve my breathing techniques.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? I'm way more capable than I previously thought. My practice is a constant reminder.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: make coffee, hug my dog.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? My grandfather, Mark Twain, Mowgli
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't take any wooden nickels.
"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.
"When you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done."
Occupation: Owner, Roots to Wellness
Yoga humbles me and strengthens me inside and out.
What fuels you? Creativity fuels me.
My guilty pleasure is Ghost Adventures marathon on Saturdays!
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? I started practicing yoga to ease pain in my back and because people I admired did yoga. Yoga has transformed my life from stressful and unfocused to clear and meaningful. Yoga has many facets that continue to challenge me to grow, seek Truth, and be of service.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? The importance of stillness.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Every morning I get a cup of coffee and meditate.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? Alice Walker, The Dalai Lama, Beck
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom always told me that the best thing you can do for yourself is to be helpful to others.
"The sky would have no rainbows if the soul had no tears."
Occupation: Yoga Teacher
Yoga is as simple fun or challenging as you want it to be! I love integrating yoga into other moving meditation disciplines like paddle-boarding, hoop dancing and aerial silks. I also love that I can do it anytime anywhere with absolutely nothing needed beyond my breath.
What fuels you? family, friends near & far, and delicious home cooked (GF) meals!
My guilty pleasure is Gelato! The mountains and art
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? I started with my mom when I was still in single digits. She rented a home dvd and I remember doing legs up the wall with her. I practiced yoga and meditation off and on over the years, and when I found my first vinyasa studio, I was hooked! The clear feeling I got leaving class was a nice change to how my life was going at the time, so I dedicated myself to a daily practice and gradually worked through my depression, anxiety, back, neck & sciatic pain while growing stronger of mind and body.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? How to get out of a funk! Also the breathing aspect is vital to my daily life and the reminder of how small choices add up, every practice, every breath. I also love that yoga has given me more body awareness. It has also taught me how to recognize and step back from my ego.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Take time to notice the switch from doing to being. Be sure to complete each doing task before switching off and notice when you switch back on. Also, deep breaths!
Niya was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but found her way down to the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast in 2004. Niya began her journey into Yoga in 2009, when a friend handed her a Yoga DVD.
For the first two years, her practice was strictly home-based with the help of books, mostly by Iyengar. It wasn’t until 2011 that she decided to go to a studio class. That’s when she understood the importance of having a supportive Yoga community.
In 2014, she received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification from Yandara Yoga Institution during an intense 16-day retreat in Baja, Mexico. During her training she learned mantra, pranayama, and meditation techniques in addition to asana sequencing.
Currently, she teaches vinyasa Yoga. She also likes to incorporate pranayama in her classes.
Niya strives to create a safe space for her students to explore yoga asana and self inquiry. She loves sharing Yoga with the community!
Niya also loves to be outdoors, either hiking or jogging. She enjoys alone time in nature and believes Nature is her greatest teacher. She also loves plants and gardening.
"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.
"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.
Yoga is my healthy connection, body and mind.
What fuels you? Time with my husband and family, time spent out doors, yoga, meditation and laughter.
My guilty pleasure is Watching the Bachelor.
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? As a young nurse I suffered a serious and frequently flared lumbar spine injury. I found a Rodney Yee yoga video was the only thing that prevented flare ups and eased muscle spasms and pain. At the age of 45, I found myself retiring from my nursing career due to intractable back pain, and even more diagnosed lumbar spine problems. I had gained weight, was living in a new location, I had an "empty nest”, and had just received another epidural steroid injection in my back. I thought about my old Rodney Yee yoga video, dug it out, & looked online for a yoga studio near by. I found GLOW!
I began a yoga practice and lost 20 lbs. My core strength improved and supported my back. I began to love the way yoga was making me feel physically and emotionally. I often thought to myself in a yoga class... " How great would it be to become a Yoga teacher?” How much I would love to share the great yoga benefits with others. And now that is what I get to do! ***Wow anything IS possible!!!***
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? It taught me that, I already know what to do. I have the answer. I need to be still and listen.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Grab a cup of coffee, and sit on the deck. Snuggle on the couch with my 2 dogs for a few minutes. If my cat feels like it, he joins us ;)
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? Deepak Chopra, Pope Francis, & Robert Plant
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My great grandmother always said “It never hurts to ask. If you don't ask... the answer will always be no. “
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.
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.
"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work on becoming yourself." - Anna Quindlen
Occupation: Healthcare Management Consultant, Yoga Teacher, Life & Wellness Coach
Yoga helps me get back to "being" rather than "doing".
What fuels you? Connection, Challenge and Community.
My guilty pleasure is online shopping.
What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing? A friend of mine was a yoga teacher and suggested I come to his class when I lived in NC. I didn't realize at that moment how much it would change my life. Yoga has helped me heal loss, calm anxiety and mend heartbreak. It's my medicine of choice.
What’s your favorite thing yoga has taught you? How to let it go.
When I wake up in the morning I always do these two things: Make a cup of coffee and love on my doggies.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be? Lorelai Gilmore, Patrick Kennedy, Sara Bareilles
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? That what you resist will persist and to make your mess your message.
"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.
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