Namaste, this page is dedicated to acknowledging tomorrow’s most promising leaders within our health, wellness and yoga communities.
Check out the interview’s below and find someone you can relate to, someone you might like to practice with, or someone who inspires you.
Kyle Michaud 200HR Yoga Instructor Experience Expositions, CEO and Founder Charlotte, North Carolina
Yoga has given me the ability to connect my mind and body, and also helped me to make it a priority to focus on my wellness routine each and every day. My yoga practice has had a tremendous impact on my business and entrepreneurial spirit. Being able to grow my businesses is connected to the fact that I set aside time to shut the rest of the world out and think clearer. Work in general can be very hectic and stressful – if we allow ourselves to get swallowed up in it all, we’ll actually be less productive. Yoga keeps me on track and provides a great escape from work, which actually leads to better overall productivity.
Marjorie Nass ERYT-500 Yoga and Lifestyle Coach La Jolla, California
After over a decade working in the stressful environment of the NYC corporate world, I had a forced hiatus when I lost my job. Finally, I had time to take more yoga. My health and my whole life began to shift for the better, and I couldn’t imagine going back to a work environment in which I was so unhappy and unhealthy. I felt such gratitude for yoga, the community, and my teachers that I wanted to become a teacher myself.
Madeline Hickman 200hr E-RYT, Yin Yoga Studio Manager, CorePower Yoga Brooklyn, NY
I got into yoga when I was performing in a show in Arizona and I was the youngest person in the cast by 20 years. After rehearsal they would go home to their families, and since I was from out of town I didn't have anywhere to go so I found a yoga studio. I realized how much the practice was impacting my life off the mat and knew when I returned to NYC that I needed to be more consistent and diligent in my practice. Which led to me becoming a studio manager, teacher, and teacher training facilitator.
Jacquie Smith Barre Certification through Exhale 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Poe Yoga + Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition Little Adapts By Jax, Founder New York, NY
Yoga has always been the most helpful to me at the points in my life where I'm emotionally exhausted + stressed. It gives me clarity + strength to get me through whatever is going on. It's the only thing besides running that allows me to just focus on my breath + the movement and nothing else for the duration of the class.
Julia Chan NASM CPT + Corrective Exercise Specialist, 500 hour RYT, PN1 Nutrition Coach Fitness + Wellness Coach, President of JSC Fitness JSC Fitness New York City, NY
Specifically speaking, my yoga practice started off as a strictly Vinyasa Flow, learning from Lauren Hanna from Sonic Yoga but have evolved tremendously since I have worked with teachers like Nevine Michaan, Abbie Galvin, Nikki Vallella, Ariel Karass, Phillip Askew, and David Regellin. I don't teach as much flow but do have a sequence that is much more focused on alignment and breathwork and fully understand the poses and the anatomy of each pose.
Yoga physically helped me create more space in my body, find more physical extension and flexibility, enhance my endurance, learn how root down to balance, and develop more strength. Yoga also helped become more aware of my actions, identify negative patterns of thought and improve my mind-body connection.