Most people don't know that my first yoga teaching gig was teaching to Staff & Faculty at Western Washington University at the lunch hour. My Graduate Assistantship was to craft a well rounded wellness program that would encourage staff & faculty to embrace a healthy lifestyle. The most popular program... you guessed it, Yoga! Now, 7 years later, that sapling of a program has been taken over by human resources and taken root, and is an award winning program for Employee Wellness. This was the first time I was able to start a project from the ground up, and fine tune it over a two year period. I realized that I had the option to start "making a living" in wellness, but I wanted more than just to make a living. I wanted it to be my lifestyle.
When I attended WWU, I was really passionate about Wellness (still am), and since then I have had had the opportunity to teach as an Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology, and mentor several interns on their paths. This coming Fall, I will return to WWU to teach a special workshop: Clubbell Yoga for the Kinesiology Student. This is the first time I will be coming back to teach Clubbell Yoga, and I couldn't be more excited... Why you ask?
I am excited to share with the students what I have learned in the last decade of working in the Wellness Industry.
When I was in school, it was really daunting to think about getting out of school to pay back school loans, work 40 hours a week (potentially in an office or walking the floors of a big gym). Not very many people talked about the path of becoming an entrepreneur in the Exercise Science (now Kinesiology) department. We focused on science, writing in the scientific voice, lab studies, research and program design. Now that I am out of college, and have had the opportunity to work for other people and for myself, I can say I much prefer the second. Though you wear many hats working for yourself, the trade off is intellectual and financial freedom. I would love to encourage students to find their own teaching voice and explore many paths of not just "making a living" but instead, "making a life" that you love. One that you look forward to being present in every single day.
Engaged in the movement toward more functional fitness. Mama, entrepreneur, leader, mentor, and co-creator of Clubbell Yoga.
Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International