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Meet Taryn Dibler of Alien Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taryn Dibler.

Taryn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Before I had even taken my first yoga class, I felt a calling to be a yoga instructor. I always admired the Zen lifestyle and have been reading books about Buddhism since I was 16. I enrolled in my first yoga class during my freshman year of college. As expected, I fell in love completely. My first semester of college was stressful and hectic; my bi-weekly yoga class soon became the only thing that was holding me together.

The stillness that I felt at the end of each class kept bringing me back for more. I spent two years in and out of college before finally deciding it was time to attend to my calling. If anything has drastically changed my life, it was my yoga teacher training. The first day of class I remember thinking, “How did I live my whole life without knowing how to breathe?!” I graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in October of 2016 with my 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has not been smooth. My biggest struggles were getting out of my comfort zone and never giving up. Teaching in front of a bunch of strangers was terrifying at first, and to be honest, sometimes it still is! Stepping out of my comfort zone has lead to so much growth. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I let my fears take over. There have been times when I felt like quitting, but I refused to give up. Even when my mom was the only student who would show up to my classes, I would do my best and keep on teaching.

Alien Yoga – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My favorite styles of yoga to teach are Vinyāsa and Yin. I either teach really fast or really slow! Meditation is essential in all of my classes; I think it’s important to create space in the mind before creating space in the body. I’m also very passionate about incorporating music in my classes. I love creating special playlists for each class – usually full of chill electronic music like Odesza and Petit Biscuit.

I decided to call my company Alien Yoga for a few reasons. I have loved aliens since I was a child. To me, aliens represent being unique or different. I think humans should embody their uniqueness. With Alien Yoga, I want to inspire others to embrace their “inner alien” through the practice of yoga and meditation.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is happiness. This isn’t the kind of happiness you feel when you buy a new pair of yoga pants or finally start seeing muscle definition in your shoulders (thank you, down dog!). Success is the kind of happiness that makes you want to jump out of bed every day for no particular reason. Success is being able to fully love yourself and all of your flaws. Success is being the best possible version of yourself.

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