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Devohnne Ellis

Position:Yoga Teacher , RYT-200
Experience:Graduated KLY April 2023
My first yoga class was taken in 2016 and I went because a friend had asked if it was something I would be interested in trying, I agreed to go as I enjoy working out and finding new means of fitness. I was amazed how some of the other students could bind, support their weight through their hands in arm balances, and invert themselves in such challenging poses. I was unable to do all the above when I started my yoga journey, even the attempt at a bind was often comical to me as I would wrestle with myself trying to achieve such poses. I was a dancer for 10 years throughout childhood and my teens and I was determined to get back the flexibility I had lost throughout my early 20’s. I practiced yoga roughly 2 days a week for about four years and gained flexibility and strength I never thought would be possible again. In 2020 when COVID hit I began practicing some online with YouTube but kind of fell away from the practice overall as two of the studios in Ohio I attended closed after COVID. Fast forward to 2021 life and love brought me to the Florida Keys. I lived here for roughly a year before reaching out to Kathy at Key Largo Yoga, I was enjoying CrossFit and the strength I was gaining, but often passed the yoga studio in Key Largo and began to miss my yoga practice. I started to attend classes occasionally at Key Largo Yoga when I had time outside of work and realized just how much I missed this practice and the way it made me feel during and after class. I have worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant for 10 years and often tossed around the idea of becoming a yoga teacher to compliment the work I already do and after speaking with Kathy I found out that Key Largo Yoga offers a YTT program! Throughout my YTT I gained a newfound respect for yoga, I had always enjoyed yoga for the workout and the way it made me feel, but after learning about what these poses do for our bodies and how over hundreds of years yogis have developed poses to literally make us feel better both physically and mentally, it made me realize the reason why I felt better after yoga was not just coincidental!