Tanis Lopez

Tanis Lopez
Teacher
RYT 200

I began my path in yoga nine years ago, when my older daughter, Maxine, who was 13 at the time, told me that she wanted to exercise, but didn’t want to go to the gym (I am a personal trainer, and would sometimes take her, and my younger daughter, Antoinette, to the gym with me to work out). She said that she was interested in yoga; so I did a little research, and we signed up. Then in 2013, the studio where we practiced was starting a teacher training course, and I signed up. I’d never thought of myself as a teacher, but I soon found out that I am. I teach throughout my day, whether I’m formally teaching a class, working with clients, or listening to, and giving support to a friend. This is how I live my practice-I connect to my fellow human beings, I reach out, I share. I give of myself every day; and I receive as much, if not more when I do.

Why yoga: Because it allows me to connect with myself. Spirit and Body.
How I live my practice: I live my practice by guiding others to find their connection to yoga.
Where I am most challenged by my practice: I am challenged by my work to remain connected to my breath throughout my practice.
The one thing I can’t live without: I can’t live without my daughters.
The book I keep on my bed side table: A Courage to Change
How I have fun off my mat: I love to go to the beach and to spend time with friends and family. I also enjoy cooking, eating, and spending time at the movies.
What I know for sure: That everyday I am getting closer to being who I am.
What I am committed to: I am committed to my daughters and to my family. I am also committed to becoming the best person I can be.
What I share in my teaching: I share my experience of the practice. I share my struggles with remaining patient, and my successes of letting go of the outcome.
Hometown: Miami, FL
Education / other certifications: Associates Degree in Fashion Design from FIT/NYC (Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC), AFAA Certified Personal Trainer