We had the good fortune of connecting with E’Lyn Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi E’Lyn, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
A book that I read last year was “More Than Enough” by Elaine Welteroth. The book was packed with a lot of gems that encouraged me to keep pushing, especially through the hard moments when I feel as if I don’t belong in a certain space or I’m not just as worthy. It also biographed Weltewroth’s real life experience battling rejection, rises and falls as a biracial woman in America. Sometimes that involves knowing how to utilize trades and experiences in a non-diverse professional setting while also staying true to your culture and upbringing. Since reading that book, I’m able to accept no’s as God’s redirection as something better and make healthy compromises with my voice being just as important.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been teaching Yoga since November 2020. I loved it as a student and now as a teacher, I’m able to educate and create my own space for diversity, inclusion and body acceptance.
I hold donation based virtual yoga classes to give individuals who are skeptical about yoga a chance to check it out. When you step into my yoga classes, you’ll experience an R&B/Neo Soul vibe, I always say it’s like a nostalgic feeling on Saturday mornings when cleaning the house with some old school jams. With everything that’s going on in the world, mental escapes are important and much needed
My indoor cycling classes are vice versa with hip-hop, trap, pop and R&B to add a little ratchet and Zen balance! I’ve been teaching indoor cycling for 10 years at various fitness clubs and companies. Over the course of that, I’ve realized how much music plays a BIG factor. You can have the best heart pumping class but if people aren’t enjoying the music, you lose them. My music has a lot of heart-pumping bass for hill climbs while virtually sprinting descending hills with upbeat tempos. The the goal is to challenge yourself and turn up that alter ego you probably never knew existed!
A lesson I’ve learned during this fitness journey, do not expect everyone to understand or ride with you. Just make sure you show up for yourself everyday and listen to your body when it’s time to rest. It’s easy to create something that everyone else is doing but what makes you stand out? What will make a consumer choose you over your competition? Why would you choose YOU? If you want to reach a bigger crowd, you have to be marketable, make smart investments and think outside the box.
Health and fitness has saved me more times than I can count. It has been an escape from depression, anxiety, grief and health issues. Everyone has a story and something that their dealing with. I encourage students to release everything in movement no matter how slow or fast.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to HEB first because who doesn’t like HEB? A trip to my family’s house for a homecooked meal is important. Visit a local taco truck on the east or north side of Fort Worth, preferably Cortez Taco truck in Fort Worth, satisfy our seafood fix at Crawlin’ Crab (Fort Worth), get fancy that evening and dine at Nick and Sam’s. For the late night cravings, I think everyone can agree Whataburger is the go-to no matter the wait.
Since baseball season is back, definitely check out a game at Ranger’s Stadium or at a bar close by at Texas Live. Watch a movie at Cayote Drive In in Fort Worth and probably take a mini road-trip to Waco or somewhere in East Texas to get a true Texas feel in the beautiful winding hills.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this to my family especially my late Grandfather. I was always that impulsive, think out the box child. He and my family embraced that, gave me life long experiences and encouraged me to go after everything I want with no limits.
I would like to also shoutout every person I came into contact with from my beginning fitness journey starting in college, personal trainers and coaches. I consider myself still (and always will be a learning vessel) but the knowledge and wisdom these people have all instilled me, I still use it til this day.
Lastly, everyone who supported me through my journey from giving me helpful advice, attending a class, giving a donation or sharing my events via social media and word of out. What maybe considered a little, has went a long way and it means so much.
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