TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

LAUREN WHALEY

Teacher

I have always had a passion for helping others. I searched throughout college for a career path that would make me feel like I was truly making an impact in the world and could help people that were going through something challenging. When I found the path to help children with cancer, I knew that I would need an outlet for myself to keep me strong throughout the tough conversations, interactions, and scenarios I would be in.

 

I have always loved the feeling I get from all different forms of exercise. Not only is it challenging physically, but mentally too. I have used exercise as a stress reliever all throughout my life. I found that yoga was the one and only way I could completely disconnect from the thought of what these kids and their families were going through. It allowed me to focus on myself, my breath, and what I needed to be able to fully recharge so that I could continue supporting others. It makes me so happy to see students have that sigh of relief after class. I know exactly how powerful that feeling is, and I love sharing that feeling with this community.

 

“It is so important for people to take care of themselves so that they are able to put love back into the world.”

 

As a teacher, I want to allow a space for people to come to on their mats to disconnect and truly focus on themselves to make them stronger, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. It is so important for people to take care of themselves so that they are able to put love back into the world.  It is by far one of the easiest things to forget. I love that we can all share that as individuals in the class but also together as a whole. With that, I enjoy bringing an energetic vibe into class with music. I also love the thought of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. This means coming into a place where you can let go of your everyday and allow for more room to grow. I try to never take myself too seriously, so I hope you can join me in that and let go to flow!