Today we’d like to introduce you to Yesica Rodriguez.
Yesica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
All my life, I have been a teacher. I taught my little sister what I learned in elementary school, I taught ballet to young girls as a teen, I have taught Spanish and English, taught friends to play guitar and I even spent a summer teaching salsa lessons in Ocean Beach. In all that time, I didn’t fully recognize the pull to teach that existed within me. It was often something I did for fun or to help out.
Twelve years ago I moved to San Diego from Baltimore for a job opportunity. I had never been to California and one of the first things I did when I arrived was see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. I eventually got laid off from that job but at that point, I had a committed yoga practice.
When I started practicing yoga seriously, I knew right away that I wanted to be a yoga teacher but I focused on my practice for several more years before I completed my first training.
In 2011, I began my first 200 hour YTT with my teacher, Elka Haeckel. At this point I was a Mother to a 9 month old boy. I brought my breast pump with me to class and my husband was incredibly supportive, taking over most of the parenting on the weekends so I could attend my training.
The following year, I gave birth to my second son and began my Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga with my baby in my arms.
I have never been a yoga teacher without first being a Mother. Having 2 little ones to care for had a profound effect on my career. I learned quickly that I could not compare myself to my fellow new teachers who were quickly blossoming in their own careers.
I knew my path would be slower and would take a lot of patience. I knew I would have to rely on my community, my sisters to help lift me up and that I would lift them up as well. My path has been slow but organic. I am amazed at the opportunities I have had to teach and I now am very comfortable in my skin as a yoga teacher. I am inspired by the sense of community in our yoga community and I make a point to lift up not only other yoga teachers but also small business owners. It’s amazing what we can do when we collaborate and work together.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Getting started as a yoga teacher is always tough. My first teaching jobs didn’t even cover the childcare necessary for me to teach. I think my struggles are probably similar to what most yoga teacher’s experience. We struggle with putting a monetary value on what we do, setting boundaries where we are comfortable with the energy we are giving and receiving and of course, getting through that hump, that point from being a new teacher, to being an experienced teacher. Now I feel confident in seeking out new opportunities but it was not always that way. It’s so hard to get a teaching job when you don’t have much teaching experience. We all need that first big break to take us through. There will always be bumps in the road. There will always be moments where I feel insecure or unmotivated but this is a normal part of any journey. I just need to stick to the path. I am very lucky to have had some incredible mentors who have guided me along the way.
Yes Yoga – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is called Yes Yoga. Yes Yoga is simply me. I love to teach a variety of yoga classes such as Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal Yoga, Baby and Me Yoga and Kids Yoga. Restorative and healing styles of yoga are the ones that are closest to my heart but I love it all.
I also organize retreats and workshops. My most successful retreat has been my Staycation Yoga Retreat. This is usually a one day retreat that is no more than an hour or so away from San Diego. I was inspired by people, especially Moms who need to get away and have a day for themselves but don’t have the funds or the time to go on a long retreat that is far away.
I am a nurturer at heart and I think this works well in my classes and retreats because my students feel I am sensitive to their needs. One of my students once told me that attending one of my classes is like getting a warm hug. I think that’s pretty accurate. If you want to feel nurtured, supported and validated, my class is a good one for you.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment has been hosting my Staycation Yoga Retreats. They get better every year and I honestly had no idea that I had it in me to organize, market and host a big event like this. I also collaborated with several local small businesses to create a swag bag for the clients who attend my retreats. Getting all these small businesses to work together and connect has been inspiring for me. It is a lot of work but so worth it. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
- 1 Private or Semi-Private Yoga Class: $75
- 5 Private or Semi-Private Yoga Classes: $325
- 10 Private or Semi-Private Yoga Classes: $550
- Website: www.yesyogalove.com
- Phone: 443-889-6084
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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