For me, writing the first sentence is always the hardest part. I never quite know how to begin. Even more so, when I'm talking about myself. My name is LaTisha and I love yoga. Hence, the "Yogi Tish" moniker I use in all things soul related.
In 2008, I discovered Mysore Style Ashtanga yoga at Miami Life Center and fell in love. OK, so not really. I was so out of shape that, immediately after that first class with Tim Feldmann, I went home and cried. It was just so damn hard. I felt embarrassed, exposed, and extremely uncomfortable.
However, I believe that, when people are confronted with difficulty, they are faced with two choices: rise up to the challenge or run in the other direction! Although every cell in my being wanted to flee, the fire within my heart was lit and made me want to stick with it. I have grown in this practice and each day brings a new jewel of truth. Most of the time, I have found that these jewels are wrapped in the many layers of baggage I have surrounded myself with over the years. However, I truly believe that anything worth having exacts a level of commitment that burns away the things that would keep us from realizing our greatest potential (thus, the concept of tapas).
In 2014, I completed a RYT 200 teacher training with YogaOne Studios in Houston, Texas. I currently teach both Hot and Flow yoga at YogaOne. In 2015, I am participating in YogaOne's Lead to Inspire Mentorship program. In June 2015, I completed the Baptiste Yoga Level One yoga teacher training in Sedona, Arizona. My aim is to become the best yoga teacher that I can be for my students.
I wish I could adequately describe how much I love teaching yoga. I always say that, as students, we come to class, in part, to bask in the energy of our yoga teacher. I can honestly say that, for me, it's the opposite -- my students light me up. They fill me with hope, enthusiasm, passion, and compassion. I wish I could show them what I see -- beautiful beings of light, worthy of their every desire.
One of the reasons I practice yoga and I teach yoga is to show everyone that yoga is accessible to people of all different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ages, etc. It's so easy to compare ourselves to other yogis in terms of what our bodies are capable of doing or how our bodies look in comparison to others. That's not really the point of practicing yoga. Each time we step on our mats, we have the wonderful opportunity to experience each asana in our own skin. We are able to tap into the infinite inner wisdom housed in our bodies and we re-connect with our inner truth.
In 2015, I took the leap and became a Desire Map Facilitator. I will be leading in-person and online workshops that are based on Danielle LaPorte's amazing book, The Desire Map. To sum up the book in a couple of sentences or less is hard, but here's a powerful quote from the book that, for me, hits the nail on the head (or however you say that! I am horrible with English colloquialisms. :-)), “Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.” My hope is to combine yoga, meditation, and the Desire Map to create a unique, powerful, life-changing event for the brave souls who join me on adventure to remember.
I am so grateful to be able to share this experience with you. I know that the healing power of yoga coupled with the wisdom of The Desire Map can and will change the world. I thank you for accompanying me on this journey of self-discovery.
P/S I'd love to hear from you. One of my core desired feelings is "connected," so please send me love mail here -- firstname.lastname@example.org!
“Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel. I am a carpenter of my own soul.” — Rumi