We had the good fortune of connecting with Shay Hampton | Yoga Teacher Ashly Paul | Meditation Leader and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shay Hampton | Yoga Teacher, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Shay: I’ve been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 2014 and I started teaching here in the Atlanta area in 2017. Ashly, Co-Creator of Recenter With Us, was one of my first yoga students. We developed a close sister-like friendship and heavily supported each other on our wellness and life success journey. From planning days of wellness together — meditation, yoga, fitness classes, and brunches, we thought we should plan group experiences to create a space for more like-minded, spirit-driven, purpose-living people to come together and have a great time while doing something positive for their holistic health.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally? Please tell us more about your work. How did you get to where you are today?
We purposefully and intentionally practice self-care on a daily basis. From our morning prayers and meditation, to mindful breathing techniques throughout the day, and eating consciously and clean. To be inspiring leaders in the holistic health space you have to lead by example. We are not just teachers of health-conscious living, we actively live the lifestyle; and when we see each other getting off course we help each other to recenter.
We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Typically event series and communities like this cater to women only but we wanted to create an inclusive space for both men and women. We were thrilled to see reservations from men come through for our debut event experience. Men Do Yoga Too and care about their mental health and selfcare just as much as women but can often be left out when it comes to options for mindfulness growth and support groups. After the event the feedback from both men and women was super positive and we are highly looking forward to building this community and providing them with tools and resources to live healthy and well.
We are currently planning our next events, to include local Summer & Fall Recenter With Us events, and then our first destination travel wellness retreat will take place Winter 2023. In between events we offer 1:1 meditation and yoga sessions. As well as we will be releasing our first affirmation music album to support our community on a daily basis with words of encouragement and positivity they can listen to on music streaming platforms like Apple Music and YouTube Music.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are big fans of The Yoga Loft studio and health-conscious restaurants like True Food Kitchen and Upbeet. But when we are trending toward the cheat day meal we highly recommend that someone visiting has Breakfast at Barneys.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We will like to shoutout our children, family and friends for supporting and believing in us.
Photographer Jameel James – Blue Safari Productions