By Breezey Clark –
Welcome to “Life Vibes,” my new column on the Texan News Service website about health, wellness and lifestyle.
Each week I plan to explore with a guest a wellness topic in the news – and share some of my own insights from my rather unconventional background.
My journey brought me to Tarleton in August 2011 after spending three 3 years traveling working on the pipeline and another year living in Austin, Texas. I spent most of my life traveling with my parents who have always worked pipeline construction, and my unconventional upbringing gave me the privilege of seeing most of the country at a young age. I graduated from high school through an extended studies program from Texas Tech University while I was on the road from Salt Lake City, UT to Las Vegas, NV.
Making the decision to attend Tarleton State University came at a time when I knew I wanted to continue traveling, but not as a construction worker. I had a desire to make a difference in the world. As I began my first semester, I had a vague idea that I would like to be a motivational speaker. After spending years struggling with body image issues and low self-esteem, I felt I could make a positive difference to people who have similar struggles by sharing my story.
At Tarleton, I created a website and Facebook page called Breathe Sexy to empower and educate women on the importance of being confident, healthy and believing in inner beauty. I also became a certified yoga instructor and life coach at a fitness conference in Dallas, Texas.
Breathe Sexy led to opportunities to speak to large groups of women. I found that although the original mission of Breathe Sexy had an impact there was something deeper that could be achieved in addition to motivational speeches. As the concept of Breathe Sexy transitioned to a lifestyle of wellness and yoga, I found that teaching yoga was not only rewarding for me, but also fulfilled my desire to impact people’s lives in a positive way. My yoga classes were growing each week.
In less than a year I have taught yoga to hundreds of people in a variety of locations. I have extended my services to teams and groups (adults as well as children), and I recently began teaching to a group of special needs women, a practice I find the most rewarding.
For me, yoga is more than just stretching and breathing. It is a spiritual experience that allows me to connect with God and do good things for the people attending my classes. I understand that everyone comes to yoga for a different reason, whether it’s for a good stretch, taking time to relax or to enjoy peaceful moments of solitude. When I teach I do my best to include something for everyone, always making the environment welcoming and without pressure.
As I begin my last semester in college and transition into a new chapter, I hope this column will be full of positive life experiences and a variety of health and wellness topics.
Breezey Clark is a senior Communication Studies student from Iredell, Texas. She currently serves as the Health/Wellness Editor for Texan News Service.