Hey there! I'm Valarie.
I'm a full-time yoga instructor (200-hr E-RYT). I teach many different styles of yoga: power, vinyasa flow, meditation, restorative, beginner, gentle, advanced, yin yoga, children's yoga, chair yoga, yoga for seniors, private lessons, workshops, etc.
What does this mean? It means yoga is for everyone.
Personal stuff: I used to work in marketing, doing a job that didn't suit me. In fact, I was completely unhappy and I felt as though my personality was changing because of it. That's when I knew I had to make a change.
Yoga was the one thing that was keeping me sane, so while I was working in the corporate world and working towards my master's in business degree, I also began taking my 200-hour teacher-training course. I fell in love.
I was lucky enough to land teaching jobs on the side during my training and I realized that this is what I needed to do. It took time, courage, and a game plan, but after a year, I finished my MBA, left the company, went to India for a bit, then came back and began teaching full-time. I have never looked back.
I absolutely love my 'job' because of my students. I love seeing them surprise themselves and I love watching their progression.
One thing I wish all people knew about yoga: you do not need to be in a 'great' state of health to start practicing. Age, size, injury, etc., there's a place to start for anyone.
AND-- You do not have to be flexible to practice yoga!!!! I always hear that. I'm a pretty easy-going person, but I will admit that hearing that is a bit of a pet-peeve. Can you breathe? Then you can practice yoga.
There's actually a quote about it: “Saying you’re not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath.” (anonymous)
Reach out to me! Let's chat.