Taylor Wray, Founder and Lead Trainer
E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
Yoga has been a transformational part of my life’s journey for 14 years. I’m grateful to have found yoga at 15 years old in Phoenix, Arizona with incredible teachers Alex Austin, Jenn Chiarelli and John Salisbury at At One Yoga. Instantly - I knew I was home!
As a dedicated student I wanted to immerse myself and learn as much as possible! I soaked up everything about the asana, meditation and history then decided at 19 to begin my teacher training journey. I have studied and experienced life changing teacher trainings around the world to learn many styles like - Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra throughout the past 9 years.
Practicing and teaching Yoga has been a transformational part of my life’s journey. I describe my teaching style as Prana Flow inspired Vinyasa, with fluid movements and an emphasis on breath. I guide my students to listen intuitively to their bodies, and love to bring new music into the flow! I believe yoga is for everyBODY and am passionate about guiding my classes and students to honor their needs in that moment.
I love to share my passion of adventure, travel and yoga with leading yoga retreats nationally and internationally. You can find me around the valley for private yoga, group classes, workshops and special events!
This yoga teacher training program has been a vision of mine for years. The truth is - teaching yoga was not an easy journey for me. I knew it was my biggest passion when I first started teaching but allowed my fear to hold me back. It took me a few years to come back around, and once I did I committed to doing whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes to understand this process of teaching with the mindset of being a forever student. I understand the fear, lack of confidence and the struggles that come along with learning to become a yoga instructor and how to genuinely share this with others. On the other side of fear comes love, joy and excitement! This has led me to my path of now mentoring and teaching other yoga instructors to step into their teaching role authentically and confidently. As I continue to step into my fear and insecurities I’ve learned more than I could have ever imagined about myself and have built the most beautiful relationships with those around me. I am so excited to be with you every step of this journey!
What does Living Yoga mean to me and how do I practice living yoga?
I believe that in living our own yoga we can truly come alive, shine brightly, love fully, be present and embrace every aspect of our lives! I practice living yoga by accepting myself and others, taking good care of my body and mind so I can live in my highest self and by connecting with myself and those around me from a space of vulnerability and truth.
What lights me up and excites me most when I'm teaching?
One of my absolute favorite parts about teaching yoga is bringing community together through the love of this practice. Whether it’s through events, classes, workshops or retreats. It’s easy to feel alone in the world even though we are surrounded by people. Yoga can bring a sense of connection and understanding that we are all the same even though we have different backgrounds and experiences. Through connection we can build supportive and meaningful relationships.