katie sampayo, Yoga
Total years in practice: 3
Since I was young, I have always been a very motivated, energetic individual. At age four I started playing sports, and have never stopped since. I love the competitive nature, and the continuous challenge to perform at my very best. From playing tennis to shredding it up on slopes, the importance of physical activity was instilled in me at a young age, and has become something that I truly enjoy and wish to share with others today.
Today I focus heavily on having the right mindset and staying positive. However, I did not always think this way. My mindset, and honestly my entire life, changed when I entered the wonderful world of yoga in November 2014. Like many of us experience, I was going through a bit of a “rough” patch. I felt depressed, stressed, and not in control of my life. One day I sat down and thought hard about what I could do to change this situation. A few of my friends had mentioned meditation, and thought yoga might be a good place to start. So I said, “Why not? I have nothing to lose, and if nothing else, I’ll get a great workout.” I made a commitment to practice yoga for 10 days straight, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. Besides my body being incredibly sore, and yoga being much more challenging than I remembered, I felt more centered and in control of my mind. This was the beginning of a new me and a new life; this was my “Aha” moment.
Sharing my knowledge through fitness quickly became the best part of my day. I fell in love with helping others become the best versions of themselves, reaffirming that I was on the right path.