shayla quinn

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My Story

Hi! I’m Shayla Quinn; I am a yoga and fitness loving, green juice drinking,  wanderlust-ing, wellness junkie living in Los Angeles, CA with my sweet rescue dog Penny Lane 🙂 I moved to LA when I was 19 to pursue my life long dream of a music and acting career, and ended up spending my days on a yoga mat and blogging about all the things I am truly passionate about (and honestly, I couldn’t be happier about where my journey has organically taken me!) My life has become a perfect unplanned blend of everything that I love.

I was introduced to yoga asana in 2009 and quickly realized that was what my life was missing. Yoga gave me the tools to create balance in my life, teaching me flexibility, both physically and mentally; and although I have strayed from my practice many times, I always feverishly come back to my mat for relief. I did my first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in August of 2014 through Source of Yoga with Caroline Klebl, with the sole purpose of deepening my personal yoga practice. Then in December of 2015 I had the itch to learn more once again and I completed my second 200 Hour Teacher Training with Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom of Hollistic Yoga Flow.

The more committed to a healthy lifestyle I am, the easier it is for me to see the monumentally positive affects it has in ALL AREAS of my life; which in turn has ignited a deep seated passion in me to share that positivity with others through teaching yoga and this blog.

A healthy and well balanced lifestyle truly compliments all other things you are pursuing in life. Caring for your body, heart and mind will not only allow you to be more receptive to the opportunities you are hoping for, but you’ll look and feel damn good when those moments full of possibility reach you! NamastShay was created in hopes of connecting with others who are on a quest for happiness, health and balance, and to share all of the ways that I have found to make wellness and self-care simple and sustainable. I don’t have it all together by any means, but maybe through sharing we can grow and inspire one another. Please fee free to introduce yourself to me through email or on Instagram (@shaylaquinn); I love to hear from you and know who my readers are! Also, any feedback, comments or questions to inspire ideas for future posts is much appreciated!

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FAQs

01 // Do you teach yoga?


Yes! I do teach yoga. Right now I am teaching privately and doing special events/classes but I do plan to have a regular studio class schedule to release to you soon! If you are interested in private yoga instruction please contact me via the contact page, otherwise stay tuned for my studio schedule and subscribe to my newsletter for updates on classes and special events!

02 // What types of yoga/wellness have you studied?


My areas of study include:

Hollistic Yoga Flow

Vinyasa Flow

Power Yoga

Yin Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Ayurvedic Medicine

Anatomy

Ashtanga (The Primary Series)

03 // What else do you do besides yoga to stay in shape?


I do a lot of yoga!!! but I also love High Intensity Interval Training classes, Kayla Itsines’ BBG workout, I love getting outside and hiking with my dog Penny, and I like to run! I pretty much love anything that requires me to get my heart rate up!

04 // How long have you been eating a plant based diet? Was this a hard transition for you?


I have honestly NEVER liked meat or eggs, so going completely plant based was not hard for me. It was a struggle to get me to drink milk as a child and my mom tells me I refused to eat pork, eggs or chicken growing up, I had very particular taste. I think a big part of making the transition easy for me is the fact that I was and still am very visual about my food- it is impossible for me to eat something and not picture where it is coming from. The movie BABE pretty much ruined it for me haha! I think I was 5 or 6 when my mom took me to see that movie and at the end of it I walked out crying and proclaimed that I was a vegetarian! As an adult I did enjoy fish and cheese, but when I decided to go plant based I slowly phased those out. And again, simply thinking about where the fish or cheese was coming from grossed me out enough to turn me off completely. There was a long period of time where I would go completely plant based for the majority of time but then I would occasionally have cheese/sushi. But I went 100% plant based 100% of the time in April 2016 and I haven’t looked back. Being vegan is easier and better than I ever thought it would be, it does not feel extreme to me or difficult whatsoever.

05 // What are your favorite things to buy at the grocery store?


My number one goal at the store these days is to buy organic! I always try to do most of my shopping in the produce section and aim to get all of the colors of the rainbow in my basket. My staple purchases lately include lots of broccoli, avocados, spring mix salad, sesame seeds, chia seeds, zucchini, green cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, flax seeds, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, edamame, spicy sprouts, sunflower sprouts, micro-greens, quinoa, mung bean noodles, carrots, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk, alkaline water, vega sport protein bars (the chocolate peanut butter ones are TO DIE FOR) SquareOrganics mint covered chocolate protein bars (these legit taste like a girl scout cookie, only vegan, protein packed and healthy!!) Silver Hills Bakery “The Big 16” vegan bread, watermelon, bananas, apple cider vinegar, alkaline water and of course kombucha 🙂