Before we became yoga teachers, we were once and still students of yoga.
I am sharing some insight from some inspirational yoga teachers I've met over the years. I hope their stories will inspire and motivate you in your yoga practice.
This month I am highlighting Youmie Jean Francois
SFCY: Tell us a little bit about yourself :)
Youmie: My name is Youmie Jean Francois. I’m the Founder and CEO of Flex-N-Fly. Flex-N-Fly is a wellness company that provides stretching/relaxation classes to travelers before they board their international and domestic flights.
SFCY: How did you get introduced to yoga and when did yoga get serious?
I was introduced to Yoga in college. I was a professional actor and back-up dancer. My wellness journey was always serious for me because I needed to be fit for my profession. But I started taking stretching and restorative yoga seriously about 3 years ago.
SFCY: Can you share your biggest challenges within practicing yoga?
Youmie: I would say for me it was finding what kind of yoga best fit me. For a long time, I had a vision of what yoga was supposed to look like on me based on the practice of others. I had to find what worked for me. That and making the time to be consistent.
SFCY: Where do you find your motivation to keep practicing?
Youmie: I have created daily habits to do every day in order to have a productive day. Stretching and restorative yoga is part of my lifestyle. When I feel unmotivated, I go to my mat and I lay down in child’s pose. The minute I’m on my mat, I can push through. As a business owner, I deal with a lot of different energy every day so it’s important for me to have my time or else I’m all over the place.
SFCY: What was your most embarrassing moment during your yoga journey?
Youmie: When I first started my journey, I went to a yoga class. The teacher would start saying the terms and I would just start laughing because I had no idea what she was talking about. Cobra pose and pigeon pose. I was like, Am I an animal? I felt so embarrassed because everyone knew what the terms meant and I kept laughing uncontrollably because I was so embarrassed.
SFCY: How did yoga influence your life beyond the mat?
Youmie: I’ve really learned to manage my anger through yoga. I’ve learned to be more intentional with my words and actions.
SFCY: What does your typical day look like?
Youmie: I wake up, I make ginger tea, I take out my mat, I put on gospel music and I do breathwork and start stretching then go into my restorative yoga practice. after that, I have breakfast while I start responding to emails and start the workday.
SFCY: What is your favorite style to practice?
Youmie: Restorative yoga. I like gentle yoga. Anything that helps me relax my body.
SFCY: Who is your inspiration?
Youmie: Everyone who pursue their healing through practice.
SFCY: What are your future plans/goals/dreams for your yoga practice?
Youmie: My goal is to deepen my practice. Open multiple locations of Flex-N-Fly to provide wellness to travelers. I’d also like to help travelers make healthy choices and help decrease anxiety.
SFCY: Anything else you want to add?
Youmie: Thank you for the opportunity.
More about Youmie:
Youmie Francois is the founder of FlexnFly a wellness company that provides stretching/relaxation classes to travelers before they board their international and domestic flights. Our vision is to help flyers create healthy habits while providing an atmosphere of quietude at the airport.
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About the Author:
Kenya Marsh is the founder of SimplyFitandCurvyYoga (SFCY), Course Creator for Elevated Yogi Academy, and Host of "From My Mat to Yours Podcast." As a wife, stay-at-home mom of two, and yoga teacher. Kenya knows how challenging and beneficial a steady yoga practice can be. She understands it can be hard to start a new yoga journey alone. She created this website, along with courses, books, and more materials to help provide support to help busy yogis elevate their yoga practice.