Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Deutchman.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Samantha. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
My ‘story’ begins in athletics. My identity was always as an athlete, having two athletic older brothers and playing competitive volleyball in high school which earned me a Division 1 Collegiate Volleyball Scholarship – sports, competition, and striving for physical greatness was always a part of who I was.
After undergoing several injuries in my athletic career, and graduating college – an already crazy time – I felt lost in not only my search for a physical activity that gave me the same purpose as volleyball but also in my emotional and mental well being. In 2015, on this quest to heal and to gain a healthier relationship with my body and my mind which I very desperately needed, I found yoga.
Within six months, I was hooked and dived into my first yoga teacher training. I was completely in awe of not only to the physical challenges for my body but also the clarity, self-acceptance, and peace I was gaining. Over the last several years, movement and yoga have given me a path back to myself, I have more of an understanding and appreciation for my body now than I ever did when I was a competitive athlete.
I moved back to Los Angeles, from Dallas, in 2016 and took a deep dive into teaching – I quit my part-time jobs and have been teaching full time ever since. It’s been terrifying and amazing all in one with several ups and downs along the way, but I couldn’t feel more aligned with my purpose than I do now.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In my book, there’s no such thing as a smooth road. 🙂 Teaching and starting a business comes with a lot of doubts, questions, and comparisons but it’s been important for me to stay rooted in who I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing, and that has ultimately been what’s helped me as I’ve navigated these new territories.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Yoga Strong – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Last year, my older brother and I were casually having a conversation about how we wished yoga was apart of our training routine when we were competing in our sports (he was a professional basketball player in the Philippines for seven years) and how it would have completely up-leveled not only our physical performance but also our mental and emotional awareness both on and off the court. And that is how Yoga Strong was born.
We began programming our routines specific to an individual’s needs – not just for their sport but to move and function at their highest in their everyday lives. Yoga Strong specializes in functional performance. At our core, we believe in the movement and how movement can heal and enhance our bodies and minds. Our goal at Yoga Strong is not to just teach poses but to educate you about your body and give you the tools to feel your best inside and out.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plan for the future is definitely to open my own space. I want to continue to grow myself as a teacher and movement specialist to get my clients to feel the best in their bodies.
- Website: www.yogastrongla.com
- Phone: 3106120211
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @yogastrong_ @samdeutchh
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