Kaila, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My journey started about seven years ago when I decided to attend the University of Central Florida. From the first day, I stepped on campus, I was scared and intimidated by how large the school was. My high school graduating class was a mere 213 students and I now faced the second-largest university in the nation which at the time had 60,000 students. I met a few friends here and there, but no one really stuck except for my now husband and his circle of friends. I was really down a lot of the time as my college experience really didn’t fit the expectations I had set and I really wanted to move back home after my first semester. I remember talking to mom about leaving and she told me to give it another semester and to put myself out there and try something new. I decided to try a yoga class and I met a friend during that class. He introduced me to an environmental organization in the area and from that point forward, I had a support group and a newfound love for the yoga practice.
A year later, I decided to quit my job working in a restaurant and pursue the path of becoming a yoga instructor. It was that day that I made a vow to myself that my happiness would always come first on this journey. As I spoke my truth out into the universe, a friend of mine told me her boss was looking for a children’s yoga instructor. I swiftly jumped on the opportunity and never looked back. In the midst of it all, my now husband and I decided to move to Fort Lauderdale where I managed a yoga studio for almost a year. During management, I launched my online coaching program and my own line of essential oil blends and candles at Namastekay.com. It was during this time that I learned how challenging, unpredictable and fun life can be when you work for yourself! For the past five years, I have worked as a yoga instructor in multiple capacities including yoga in the park, mommy and me yoga, prenatal yoga, and as an instructor in a studio and gym. Primarily I teach senior chair yoga and restorative yoga at a local nursing home and wellness center. When I’m not teaching yoga, I can be found with my friends doing acrobatic yoga, spending time in nature or going on adventures with my husband.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t think there’s such thing as a smooth road, otherwise the journey wouldn’t be a journey and life wouldn’t be as fun! I grew up with a nice family but we always struggled financially. Both my mother and stepfather worked a lot and my father was absent most of my life. Regardless of what was going on at home, I’ve always had the ability to be resilient, put a smile on my face and focus on the good in life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that this has caused me to bury some of my issues. Thankfully, I discovered yoga and meditation about six years ago and both practices have helped me work through these unresolved issues. When I was in high school, my mother moved to Canada and I had to step in as a mother to help raise my little brother.
I worked two part-time jobs, took my brother to school and almost didn’t graduate because I was always late to school because I didn’t want him to be late to school. My car in high school was falling apart and I was bullied for that fact but proud because I paid for it myself. I don’t say all of this for pity’s sake, but to rather to show the world that what you see on the surface is just that, the surface. My life isn’t perfect nor is it even close and despite my struggles, I don’t allow them to define me into my adulthood. Instead, I choose to pave a path for myself where I am happy, vibrant and aligned with who I am and was always meant to be.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I work in the field of geriatric medicine and I didn’t choose this path, this path chose me. For a couple of years, I worked solely as a group exercise and yoga instructor. In pursuit of bettering my life, I decided to seek further employment. As fun as it sounds to teach endless classes, teach yoga in the park and private lessons, it’s not the most lucrative profession. I applied for a few local fitness jobs and got called back by my current employer, Westminster Services of Florida. When I went in, I realized I was at a nursing home. It wasn’t what I expected, but I instantly fell in love. I now work with my 50 sets of grandparents on a daily basis. I manage the fitness facility and I get to teach group exercise, yoga, meditation, conduct personal training and take care of the gym.
Most people don’t work with this population or have the desire to but this is the path that I was meant to be on and someone has to take care of your grandparents! In between working for this facility, I managed a yoga studio in Fort Lauderdale for a year. Through that experience, I became a full-time entrepreneur, in addition to teaching yoga, I created my own line of essential oil products and blends, became an online mindfulness coach and health coach. Through my coaching program, my goal is to inspire others to become the best version of themselves through mindfulness, movement and play! Although this is not my main source of work anymore, I still teach private yoga lessons/group events, do online coaching and fully embrace whatever else life puts on my path for “work”, if I can even call it that! When you love what you do, even with the ups and downs, you love every aspect of your life.
How do you define success?
Success to me has nothing to do with the amount of money in your pocketbook. Success is finding full satisfaction in what you’re doing with perfect alignment in your heart. To me, success is failing time after time in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. Even a minor roadblock or is a step closer to success because it helps guide you and realize what you truly desire. Success is opening your heart to all of the possibilities of the universe and figuring out what it is you want and obtaining that no matter what. To me success is putting a smile on my client’s face, helping making the lives of others easier for them and helping others realize their full potential through mindfulness, movement and play.
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