Throughout my life, my relationship with yoga has evolved... it is a way to exercise and energize, yet focus, ground, and connect with others | NOMaste Kitchen

About Me: My Yoga Journey

When I was in college, I joined a sorority. I never thought that I would be THAT type of girl – but at my school, it all just felt different! My life forever changed when I joined during the second semester of my freshman year. I immediately had 100 new girls who were forced to be my friend whether they liked it or not – how cool is that? In all serious though, I did make some truly wonderful friendships through my sorority and I will forever be grateful for the experiences that I had. So yoga – What’s that got to do with anything? Getting there – hold your horses.

How I Started Doing Yoga

Our sorority pledge class often had class “bonding events” at various locations. Volunteering, eating out, hanging out, eating in, going to the park, eating at the park – you get the idea. One fine day, I received notice that our next bonding event would be at a local yoga studio. The studio offered “your first week free” – so I figured, why not? I’ll go enjoy 7 days of free yoga and never show my face again! No harm! Hah! Famous last words.

Continuing My Practice

Ever since, I have consistently held an unlimited yoga membership at one studio or another. From St. Louis to Boston to Columbus – I have continued to practice yoga and loved every minute of it. I began to consider the idea of becoming a Yoga teacher pretty early on as I have always loved teaching others. However, the high cost and large time commitment deterred me time and time again. Sometime in 2015, my husband and I were visiting his sister in Minneapolis – Jess, a fellow yogi took me to her studio – CorePower Yoga.

CorePower Yoga

My first CorePower class was a 75 minute Sculpt class – for those of you who have never been to CorePower, this is a heated yoga class using weights. Needless to say, it was HARD! My butt was majorly kicked but I loved every minute of it. After Jake and I decided to move back to Columbus from Boston, I was thrilled to find out that CorePower would be opening two locations very close to where we were living. I knew immediately that this could be my new yoga home.

The studios opened in early 2016 and I attended class almost immediately – I loved that the studios were clean, the instructors were energized and fun, and the classes were hard. Through the years, my appreciation for a more soulful yoga experience has definitely grown – having said that, I prefer (dare I say) Americanized version of Power Vinyasa which is sweaty and cathartic and makes you want to lay down on your mat and never get up. I found this appreciation for strength and sweat at CorePower.

Power Yoga Teacher Training (PYTT)

Later that year, when I learned CorePower would be holding one of its Power Yoga Teacher Training sessions, I decided to take the first step. I spoke to a few of my favorite instructors about the program, about teaching at CorePower, and their personal experiences. They were incredibly candid and helpful – telling me about their opinions, why they chose to train where they did, etc. They encouraged me to follow my gut and take the leap if I really felt it was the right time. So, I forked over the “dolla dolla bills” and I took the plunge – PYTT was getting a new Teacher Trainee!

My Experience Overall

I have heard that people have all sorts of experiences during yoga teacher training. Some people really feel that they find themselves. Others, find new meaning to life. As for me, I found a new best friend. My “Ohmie” Sam, who I met through teacher training has become one of my closest friends. And I will forever be grateful that TT brought us together. Not to mention, I did learn a LOT about my own yoga practice and my yoga skills absolutely improved! How could they not after doing yoga for like A MILLION HOURS?! All in all, it was a fabulous experience.

2020 Update

Since I completed PYTT in 2016, I have LOVED teaching yoga. I have taught at two different studios – CorePower Yoga and System of Strength. I absolutely love both studios for COMPLETELY different reasons. They cater to different clientele – and my classes at each studio were very different. Getting input from all types of people regarding their likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses allowed me to grow as instructor and as a yogi myself!

Having a Baby!

In spring of 2019, I was THRILLED to find out that I was pregnant with a baby boy! But what about yoga? It was hard to imagine how this might affect my yoga practice and teaching.

I was extremely fortunate to be able to practice and teach throughout my pregnancy (with approval from my doctors). I had to make modifications as my belly grew, but I was able to keep practicing which was wonderful. Yoga remained a constant in my life as so much else changed.

When Becker was born, I thought long and hard about how I could possibly keep teaching my yoga classes at CPY. However, after MUCH deliberation (and many tears), I ultimately decided it was best to take some time away from teaching to focus on my family – namely the newest member of our family! I cannot wait to some day return to teaching – but for now, I am making this little human my priority!

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One Comment

  • Ginny

    Wow Haley! I love reading about your journey to becoming a yogi! Love that in your blog you speak to finding the balance between fitness and living life, cause it’s certainly something I aim for too! Can’t wait to read more!

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