BYTA 2019 CONFERENCE
AUGUST 22-25, 2019
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
BYTA presents a documentary short that traces the historical roots of yoga practice in black communities in the U.S. Read more…
I came to yoga in 2001 with a strong desire to learn the discipline as a safe alternative to “working out” while traveling extensively for work. I was also experiencing a health challenge that prompted me to seek more holistic ways to heal. In the beginning, yoga was nothing more than a work out, a physical activity. Over time, it became a philosophy and a way of life.
Once I started doing yoga, my goal was to get as many people as possible to do it – or at least try it – especially people of color, who are not only under-represented as yogis but who, more than most, could benefit greatly from what doing yoga has to offer. I was certified as a hatha yoga instructor in 2005 and I earned teacher certification in restorative yoga in March 2015. I have taught in studio and non-studio settings, including where I currently teach, at a local Reiki shrine. I also conduct yoga classes at a local beach.
Through asana, pranayama, laughter and love, I show my students (many of them beginners, including my 69-year-old mother) that yoga is accessible and that yoga is for everybody and every body. “Can’t” is a bad word in my class. My motto to those I teach is this: Don’t focus on what you can’t do; do what you can. And breathe.
Shelethya “She” Toles
also known as YogaShe
Land O’ Lakes
(Tampa), FL, USA
Yoga Teacher Training
Balance Point Yoga School in Tampa, FL Teachers include: Dale Morphew, John Stierwalt, Shelly Happel and Geralynn Russell
Hatha, gentle and restorative yoga
Where I Teach: Freelance yoga instructor at a Reiki Shrine in Tampa, FL
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