Today we’d like to introduce you to Laly Pena.
Hi Laly, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in my country Colombia during the 80s when it was supposed to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world. However, all I remember noticing while growing up was the beauty of life…
Colombian culture is very peculiar and thanks to my environment, from a very young age, I learned to 𝙛𝙤𝙘𝙪𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 and understood that the quality of life doesn’t depend on the circumstances, but on how I responded to them.
I was part of a middle-class family with a very loving but half-absent father who had to travel a lot, a responsible but stern mother, who demanded high standards to hardly ever gain her approval, and a younger brother.
My teenage years passed at a Catholic only-girls school, however, and thanks to my large and curious Colombian family, I was also exposed to Buddhism, Hinduism, and New Age. The variety and open vision of human development and spirituality gave me an extensive and peculiar understanding of life and wellness.
I ended up graduating as a Civil Engineer. A degree that I pursued with excellence yet without passion. In a country like Colombia, you don’t tell your parents that you want to be a Personal Trainer; instead, your parents basically make you choose between being a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer and I was a math nerd so voila! Engineer…
After a very short career as an Engineer, I got married to my spiritual guru and left my country to live in Thailand for a year. Then we moved to the states, where I’ve lived ever since.
As soon as I moved to the states, I started to explore career possibilities and realized that my options were endless. I could finally pursue my passion and be whoever I wanted to be. I was always in love with fitness and wellness and I quickly found my path I have been a Fitness Trainer for over 18 years.
I was married for 11 years. The story behind my marriage is long and unusual. For the first 9 years, I was married to a loving and caring partner, who was my spiritual guide as well. For the last two years, after a life/death experience in the family, it felt like I was married to a mentally and emotionally abusive stranger.
Long story but let’s just say that his faith dramatically changed from universal and loving to extremism and darkness. Although my marriage ended, I was blessed with two amazing boys. The youngest is autistic and my purpose. The oldest is my wise advisor and my rock.
My life experiences have always shown me that joy and wholeness do not depend on external situations, but on internal awareness and that health, strength and fitness are the results of the proper connection between body, mind, and spirit.
My passion is to support others in the pursuit of a joyful life and to be the best version of oneself through love, strength, and mindfulness.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Lalytawellness?
✨Personal Fitness Trainer. NASM
✨ Sports Performance Specialist. NASM
✨Corrective Exercise Specialist. NASM
✨Fitness Nutrition Specialist. NASM
✨Behavior Change Specialist. NASM
✨Golf Fitness Specialist. NASM
✨Senior Fitness Specialist. NASM
✨Pilates Reformer Specialist. BBU
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
My favorite risk is taking the risk to embrace life as it is…
Our story doesn’t define us, not our achievements or our mistakes, but our story shaped who we are NOW…
I am a believer that life is only real in the present moment and true happiness is possible in the consciousness of the 𝙣𝙤𝙬, yet there is a reason why we have memories and free will…
As humans, we have the choice of
👉🏼𝙧𝙚𝙟𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚 in the lovely moments,
👉🏼𝙗𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡 for the present blessings,
👉🏼𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙯𝙚 the challenges that we have prevailed and
👉🏼have 𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙝 of a fruitful future…
All those feelings are based on our perception, which is a choice. So if perception is a choice and perception shapes our reality, that means we’re in charge of our REALITY.
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