Student Spotlight: Taryn

We stopped one of our favorite students, Taryn, after class for a quick interview. Read about her experience and sign up for your next class.


What first brought you to yoga?

I was first introduced to yoga shortly after undergrad so approximately 2008. I never joined a studio or practiced consistently until now. I found myself grabbing groupons here and there and going to hot yoga for periods at a time but my introduction to Trap Yoga and more specifically Brandon has been life changing. In my efforts to do everything I could to prevent another bipolar episode, I knew practicing yoga would be a necessary lifestyle enhancement. Once I made that determination, I put the price of yoga and my health above any of the budgeting constraints I created for myself.

What has yoga done for you as a person?

Yoga has allowed me to quiet my mind, find stillness and balance. I'm happy to say I haven't had a bipolar episode in 15 months and I know much of it can be attributed to yoga, meditation and some of the other lifestyle changes I made.

What does it mean to you to have a space that is dedicated to yoga for black people?

I feel the biggest difference for me has been my level of interest and excitement. I also learned I enjoy and appreciate a practice that incorporates music opposed to silence but to see and hear about the changes yoga has made amongst people of color (POC) has been invigorating. I also feel it allows the beginner POC to feel welcome and provides them the confidence to practice.

What advice would you give to a first-timer?

Keep an open mind and focus on yourself and not others around you who may be more advanced in their practice. This will allow you to focus and be guided by the instructor.

What’s your favorite pose and why?

My favorite pose is child's pose and birds of paradise. Child's pose allows me to give my shoulders a rest and recenter myself while birds of paradise makes me feel strong and in charge.

What is your go to self-care practice?

My go to self-care practice is monthly acupressure or traditional Thai massages. I would like to add floatation therapy in the very near future.

What is your personal mantra?

My personal mantra goes a little something like this..."I Taryn Nicole Bushrod am a inspirational, passionate and fearless leader, billionaire and visionary that celebrates life, empowers others and manifests abundance.

Brandon Copeland