RHF members elected Eunice to be our "Class Instructor of the Month." Well-earned, she teaches three classes every week at Rainier Health & Fitness including back-to-back yoga followed by Hip-Hop Cycling on Wednesdays then Saturday's popular 9:00 AM yoga. Eunice does all this voluntarily as a way to give her community opportunities for health and fitness. Many thanks, Eunice, for sharing your skills and enthusiasm at Rainier Health & Fitness!
How did you find out about Rainier Health & Fitness?
Eunice: I have a friend who is a member here and she enjoyed the gym so much that she thought that it would be beneficial to my yoga practice and my instructing to volunteer and get some more experience. So I decided to try that and I’ve been here ever since.
What do you like best about Rainier Health & Fitness?
Eunice: Diversity. I really enjoy the diversity. And people are really nice and welcoming here.
And how about the classes—what do you like best about teaching classes at Rainier Health & Fitness?
Eunice: I like the flexibility of the members and the yogis that are in my class. The classes are pretty full so I like that people are interested in yoga, I like that that’s happening. I think being a yoga teacher is exciting and also you’re not just teaching, you’re guiding so I like to be able to guide people through whatever it is they’re going through even though I don’t know what it is they’re going through, something I might say in my yoga class might help them so that’s helped me as well.
So you teach three classes here now AND sub on occasion, so what is your current fitness routine like?
Eunice: It’s funny because someone asked me that today. They were like “Do you have your own practice or do your practice in your own classes?” And it’s so funny because I teach classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 AM and so that’s when I usually do the yoga with that class. For my own practice—because I’m still instructing when I do that—I take a 6:00 AM hot yoga class on Wednesdays and Fridays. And that helps me just reconnect with my own breath and my own practice and my own sense of peace so that I can share it with others because if you don’t have it, you can’t give it.
That’s awesome—keep growing and learning.
Eunice: Yeah, it’s always continual because I’ve learned that it’s just a continuous thing, not just physically but mentally. I think what I struggle with the most is not how can I help someone do a handstand in class but how can I help someone reconnect with their inner peace, you know, their inner spiritual person. Even if it’s not spiritual but, you know, their inner person just to be able to come back to who they are and just be and not have to struggle with this. Because we have so much going on in the outside world—just to focus. Like, I’m here in this room right now and I’m just gonna breath, I’m just gonna be still and just seek some peace.
What would you say is a quote that’s inspired you, like a motivational quote, or a person that’s inspired you for health and fitness?
Eunice: You know what, to be completely honest, I don’t know if I have an exact quote that keeps me going. I know that during my journey and for my yoga there’s been a lot of things that I’ve had to keep going as far as my growth and just breathing. I breathe in peace and then I exhale negativity; I breathe in love and exhale hate. Because sometimes you get caught up on being busy and frustrated and everything else and then you forget: I have to breathe, I have to calm down to be able to focus.
That’s it unless there’s anything else you wanted to add?
Eunice: I think—you were saying a person that may have been motivating—honestly, the people that come here regardless of what their health or their physical state is and then they give yoga a shot is amazing. Like, those people and there was another lady who was here in a wheelchair in my class tonight to do yoga and she stayed for the class—those type of things, those types of situations make me grow as an instructor and also as a person because it’s not about me so it keeps me on the straight and narrow, like, humble yourself, you need to get back in line and show these people what’s happening, regardless of what your physical state is. Me being an instructor, I should be able to guide you through some type of movement in your personal state.