Rudie is an ambitious full time yoga instructor in Ottawa, Ontario. Her passion for work in the yogi space has lead her to launch a brand new podcast with the intent of connecting with others and providing positive insight on self-doubt, overcoming challenges, and bringing visions to life.
We caught up with Rudie to find out more of where her story began and the fire behind her ambition.
Tell us a bit about the beginning of your yoga journey and when you knew you wanted to pursue entrepreneurship in the yoga and health industry?
I grew up with a lot of anxiety surrounding mental health. This was the most challenging during my five years balancing my undergraduate degree, working three part time jobs, and trying to keep up with a social life.
I started to realize that exercise was the only way to combat my symptoms and keep me on track, so I have always been involved in the fitness world. Yoga came much later. I attended a hot yoga class with a friend and absolutely hated it! I felt like everyone was part of some cult that I didn’t understand. Fast forward years later, post-grad, when I moved back in with my Mom to a little town with only two gyms and one yoga studio. I figured I would try again to make the yoga thing work.
There I was- amidst the biggest shift of my life- having just graduated from University, moved cities, and without a clue as to what my next steps would be. Naturally, the teacher’s intention for this particular class was: embrace change. Somehow I felt like this was a sign I was in the right place, so I kept going back. I began steadily practicing daily for one full year. I loved that every time I stepped on my mat, I experienced something new. I was learning about my body, the way it moved, felt, where it lacked strength, and where it was stable. When everything around me began to change even more and I took two months off to travel, changing cities once more moving to Toronto, Ontario, yoga was my only constant.
After about two years in what I call, a hiatus of self-discovery, I moved back to my hometown of Ottawa. The very first thing I did was seek out a yoga studio. I took classes around the city, and then found Pure Yoga. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced: loud music, bright colors on the walls, and LOTS of welcoming energy. I was apprehensive at first, but quickly knew that I was in good hands. SO it became home.
I took my teacher training with Pure shortly afterwards, and dove into a one month intensive, obtaining my 200HR certification and began teaching immediately. I then took a 40HR yin training and I haven’t stopped taking trainings since. I currently find myself learning more about movement and how the body works because I truly believe we are meant to feel amazing, and that all of the immobility and chronic pain we experience, can be avoided and rehabilitated.
It has been one year since integrating myself into the health and wellness industry as a profession, and to be honest, I am still finding my way. But when I am listening to podcasts about nutrition, working with incredible humans that inspire me, taking workshops, and moving with students who have a genuine interest in what I am offering, I really feel I am where I’m meant to be and I am assured that the rest will fall into place.