These are the stories from our SYI Family
Colie Wasmund, Peru February 2018, SYI Alum
Hi! My name is Colie!
I am a hairstylist with over eleven years of experience, a former natural bodybuilder, a lover of the outdoors and travel and am passionate about food. I have owned my salon business for over four years and have recently taken a step back from this line of work. I built a really successful life and yet I was losing my passion for what I did. I knew there was something else and wanted to help larger groups of people in bigger ways than just enhancing their physical appearances. I have had my own challenges with physical appearances.
Back in 2013 and 2014, I competed in two bodybuilding shows which had led me down a path developed into an eating disorder, body dysmorphia, depression, and several major injuries. I now have come to realize and believe that my body was trying to tell me something, but I hadn’t been listening. I knew I needed to stretch more, and I knew I liked the way yoga made me feel, but I was for whatever reason resistant to making time for it. I practiced yoga on and off for several years for a couple weeks or months at a time, but then I’d get “too busy” and stop going. In January of 2017, I decided to send myself to a week-long yoga retreat in Costa Rica where I had felt the best I have ever felt after participating in 90-180 minutes of yoga classes per day! Upon returning to my hometown in Wisconsin I had soon met my ex-partner and ended up leaving my business and home to start this new adventure together. Long and short, the relationship didn’t work out and I quickly found myself going broke, falling into another depressive state and in desperate need of getting out of a situation that did not serve me. After agreeing to break our lease and our relationship in December, I then found myself heading back to Wisconsin to attend my Grandpa’s funeral. It was there, when I was sitting in my Grandma’s house that I began asking what is next for my life. I consider the next part a gift from my Grandpa.
I had been looking up yoga teacher trainings, and School Yoga Institute happened to pop up first on my search. I don’t remember what I searched or honestly why it was even a YTT. All I know was that it all felt exactly right in my body so I asked my family to support me in getting to this YTT. After what was the hardest year of my life, I look at it now as a valuable lesson where I was kicked out of my comfort zone in knowing I was ready for this new next step and all that’s about to come into my life. This offering had encouraged me to continue my yoga and meditation practice and grow in my spiritual journey and I was led to SYI for several reasons. In my first communication to SYI, Keri had been so kind, helpful, and understanding; and she was willing to listen, support and assure that if this is what I really wanted, there would be a way to get me there. I was blown away that an organization was so generously open to helping a complete stranger. Also, I had a bit of a checklist: to be out of the country at a training that would teach me more than just the poses; that it was going to provide a space of personal and spiritual growth; and that it was in 2018. A little more than 2 weeks later, and I was set to head to Peru for my YTT with SYI in February of 2018.
The 200-hour YTT program with SYI in Peru met all of the requirements. I loved being in the Sacred Valley. The beauty of the land and the energy alone was like waking up in a paradise each morning. The magic was strong and hard not to fall in love with. On top of that, the option of plant medicine really appealed to me for deeper healing, clarity, and understanding. It all came together so beautifully. In going to the training, I wanted to heal after a long year. I wanted to feel free and energetic, alive in my body. I wanted to learn yoga and deepen my own practice, to find me so I can help others find themselves. After it is all said and done, I now have a YTT certificate! I have new friends, a healed heart and body, clarity, love and understanding for myself and what I just went through. I have my breath, and I got me back. Coming back to the USA, I will use this training in my online coaching business. I see how important movement and breath is. With my love for fitness and food, this is a great compliment to raise people’s vibration, energy and love for themselves. Yoga and breath is so healing. I want to inspire and empower people into living their most passionate life in an energy that allows them to make a difference in their life and in those around them. My heart will lead me to fall in love, to travel the world, to heal the world and make it a better place. I want to facilitate retreats as I continue to grow my mobile business and teach people Peace.
My training with SYI has given me more knowledge of the body, breath, food, energy and a new confidence to intuitively help my clients. Through experiences and conversations, I empower my clients. As a coach, I love working with people to give them the courage to do the uncommon thing to get a new result. I teach that the magic is just beyond the comfort zone. I want to connect with people through energy, eye connection, and hugs when the time is right. Every person, interaction and meeting is a gift. I am looking at how we will be mirrors and teachers for each other’s growth. This also keeps me present to the right now with that person.
Colie is currently living in Wisconsin and can be contacted through her website at www.coliewasmund.com.
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