Yoga ripples into your daily life.
Once we moved to Chicago, I began to explore my practice on a more disciplined level. I found a studio and a community that welcomed me. Slowly I began journaling and writing down the sequences I practiced religiously. Then, I took a leap of faith and enrolled in a Teacher Training program here in Oak Park. From that point on, I began to understand my practice on a completely different level. Where I felt my head was always stuck up in the clouds, yoga kept me grounded and secure.
I devoured any information I could find on exercise and the human body. Every time an opportunity arose to learn, I enrolled. I journaled, asked questions (probably way too many!!), taught everywhere and anywhere that needed me and I practiced. Professionally, I had completed my RYT-200 with CorePower Yoga, earned my Cycling certification, and became a Certified Personal Trainer all within a year. I began to develop my personal style and loved to collaborate with my fellow yogis.
Surround yourself with those that inspire you.
As my career progressed, my friend and now-partner Laurie and I bonded over our love for our families, friends and of course yoga. She’s the calm to my crazy storm, the yin to my yang. We shared this unwavering duty to share yoga with children. Knowing Laurie’s background as a Social Worker, requests from friends started to pour in to teach kids and family yoga classes. FamilyFlow Yoga® was born and our research began…”Do I need a certification to teach kids yoga?”
After I asked Google, I was overwhelmed with how many trainings there are for teaching kids yoga! There were weekend intensives, workshops, 2 week training, online trainings, multi-level trainings, retreat trainings, and video trainings – all promising to teach the skills needed to teach children. Since I had googled up my other trainings, I value and am grateful to work with like-minded organizations that understand the importance of upholding the basic yogic principles and practices in educating others on yoga. So I went with the best…Yoga Alliance.
A few years before I started teaching yoga, Global Family Yoga (GFY) and Yoga Alliance (YA) developed the 5 Education Categories and Standards for the RCYT-95 Hour Teacher Training. I enrolled in GFY’s online children’s yoga teacher training and fell in love!
My family’s motto is we can carry 50 pounds in a 5 pound bag, so at the same time I began my 500 Teacher Training with Wild Abundant Life and Debbie Williamson, I also started my GFY RCYT-95 Training.
I cannot tell you how impactful that year was for me. I read, practiced, taught, journaled as well as traveled 2 weekends every month that year! My family was so incredibly supportive, yet my mommy guilt was at its peak! I felt I was being selfish for investing all this time, energy and money into something that often kept me being with my family.
In my former life, I traveled the country working for Coors Brewing Company, and I practically had the flight attendant’s opening safety speech memorized. All airlines instruct their passengers – if the aircraft’s oxygen masks are deployed, you must put on your mask before assisting someone else. How could I expect to teach my girls how to pursue their unique gifts if I wasn’t willing to pursue mine? I’ll never forget coming in the door the night I graduated and my family greeted me at the door with congratulations signs and a giant cookie cake. I breathed a sigh of relief, feeling gratitude for them and pride in myself.
Throughout this time I have worked yoga into the lives of my daughters….(bring the story back around to Campbell).
This is a short story which I hope explains how I fell in love for yoga, and why I eventually started my own Teacher Training brand and class. All of my trainings were amazing, and I continue to attend as many different trainings as possible to always refine FamilyFlow Yoga® and to keep growing, keep learning. We have a responsibility as yogis to pass along our learnings to our children. Yoga is a vast and deeply open practice that envelopes, joyful acceptance no matter where you are in your journey. Like a drops of water on a still lake creates a small ripple, I challenge you to take a leap in the direction of your dreams and cannonball into that lake! Namaste y’all.
About Adrienne Smith
Adrienne started practicing yoga when she was working in the corporate world. She traveled constantly and always looked for ways to keep healthy and active while on the road. After completing her RYT-200 Power Yoga Teacher Training she was hooked! She completed her RCYT-95 as well as her RYT-500 Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. A mother of two girls, Adrienne has dedicated her time to deepening her practice and connecting with her students (especially families & kids!) on ways to allow their yoga experience to ripple into all aspects of their lives. Throughout Adrienne’s trainings, her passion has led her to co-found FamilyFlow Yoga®️. FamilyFlow Yoga®️ is one of four accredited schools in Illinois to offer a 95 Hour Registered Yoga Alliance Children’s Yoga Teacher Training program. Adrienne teaches in yoga studios, fitness clubs, boutique studios, as well as in school and after school yoga programs. FamilyFlow Yoga®️ has become an expert in offering continuing education programs and workshop for yoga instructors as well as schools’ staff and administrations. She’s committed to helping people reach their full potential both physically, mentally and emotionally.