We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Huff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
It’s incredible the impact we, as parents, have on our children. Knowing this, I believe the most important thing I try to do is set the example with my actions. Children learn more from watching and observing than they do by listening. As a parent, you know that maaaybe half of what you say gets in there, ON A GOOD DAY. And as a kids yoga and aerial yoga teacher, this is even further solidified when I see my students mimicking what I do, and not necessarily what I say. I remember it really sank in for me when my daughter was two or three and had her pretend cell phone and was walking around the house “talking” on her phone with the same inflection in her voice and mannerisms as me. It was a little bit of an oh-shoot moment, cute, but also a little bit like OK, what you do and how you do it, she is watching. Knowing that my daughter is watching how I respond to a situation, how I interact with others, how I value myself – my self talk, my work ethic, my attitude, she is learning and repeating. I want to make sure that she is repeating actions and words that bring about the best version of herself and someone that interacts with this world with kindness and love.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The short of it, I am a yoga and aerial yoga instructor for kids and adults. The long of it, I like to tell people that I help calm the chaos – be it in your mind, your body, or your household; I coordinate connection with one’s self and each other; and I am a huge self care, wellness, and mental health advocate.
I came into yoga 10 years ago after a friend suggested it to me while I was under A LOT of stress and was a year into failed fertility treatments. I was a environmental consultant at the time, working long hours and traveling all the time. I was instantly hooked and four months later I was pregnant with my daughter and continued to practice through my pregnancy. I left work after my daughter was born to stay home with her and my stepson and yoga became the way I kept my sanity. It became life changing for me physically, mentally, and spiritually. My anxiety was getting better, I felt better physically, and I was reconnecting spiritually. When I began to see my stepson struggle with anxiety and school, I started digging into kids yoga. It’s funny because I took a training and got certified for him, not to teach. I added a kids yoga special needs certification after that, as I wanted to dive even deeper. Then its was like well shoot, I can’t NOT share this and began teaching kids and families. It was after being asked to teach adults that I finally got my 200-hour certification. I worked backwards compared to many other instructors, but I wanted to reach more and more folks so I followed this with a trauma-informed certification and a prenatal certification as well. Then, well, my practice turned upside down so to speak and I found aerial yoga. Obsessed and addicted, what can I say, I trained to teach. Then with my kids background, it was time to merge it all together. I have been teaching kids aerial yoga now for over three years as well as adults, and there is nothing like watching people gain confidence and strength in the fabric, or just find their happy place like me upside down and playing!
I started this journey now over 5 years ago and it was one that did not start with that intention, but somehow found my purpose and what I really, really love to do – working with kids, families, and parents through the vehicle of yoga and mindfulness be it in the fabric or on the mat. This has more recently branched out into wellness, self-care, and mental health support as I see so many of my students struggling in todays world and I hope to finish both my 300-hour certification in Applied Yoga Therapy and my Functional Nutrition Certification by the end of the year.
Working with kids and families is an adventure! And after years of doing it, I teach weekend modules on how to keep your sanity and have fun at the same time. I could count on both hands and feet on the number of flops I have had from thinking the kids are going to love this class and it totally bomb to hosting workshops or classes that no one signed up for. But each flop, just like each win, gets filed away as a learning lesson. I am HUGE believer in it was not a failure but a lesson on how to do something differently next time (or maybe we just don’t do this way at all – it happens). I take this philosophy to my classes, kids and adults, mat or aerial fabric. We also take each day/class/workshop as they come, as they are all going to be different and we have to love and embrace where we are at each time. Some days we are going to nail it and others maybe we will get close, or we just aren’t there YET – all of which are beautiful in and of themselves.
My logo is a flower named for my great great grandfather, who was an avid outdoorsman, like myself, and a huge supporter of conservation and nature. I am lucky enough that several of my classes are actually taught outside, which adds such a spectacular component to class – nature. And you will hear me talk quite frequently about “thought gardening” where we constantly “weed out” negative, untrue, un-useful, and unnecessary thoughts.
I chose the name breathe flow grow for my company because it is how I move through each of my classes and situations in life. The breathe reminds us to stop and breathe when we are stressed/anxious/need a moment and all my classes begin with a grounding breath. The flow equals the movement – be it yoga or otherwise, moving to move whatever it is (the stress or anxiety) through and out of the body. And finally, the grow – the mindfulness aspect, the reflection or meditation, where the growth and healing starts or occurs. It is a reminder of all of these incredible tools we have at our disposal and within us, when ever and where ever we go. I invite everyone to breathe flow grow with me and into wellness!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am huge fan of all things Dallas (I was born here after all) and am a resident of Collin County, so anything we do is going to involve both! Sundays would probably look like an aerial yoga class with me outside at the Connemara Nature Conservancy follow by brunch and a mimosa flight at Board & Barley over at Grandscape in The Colony. We would definitely have to walk those mimosas off doing a little shopping at Grandscape. If we are staying around Collin County and McKinney, we would have to hit McKinney square for shopping and lunch. Harvest on the square I think is your best bet for a farm to table, local, experience. And it wouldn’t be a trip to the square without a trip to Native to see Laney and Nikki and shop unique goodies from local ladies. Really, you can’t go wrong with any of the boutiques or restaurants on the square! Another Collin County gem is Legacy West. I mean the people watching is incredible and well known, so we would HAVE to grab a patio seat at any of the restaurants! I loooove to hit up Credo for clean beauty, and have made several of my friends addicts too! There would definitely be a stop there to see Nicholas – Nicholas can hook you up with whatever your skin needs – from clearing up breakouts to the best new facial oil for anti-aging.
Another day would have to be spent in Dallas. Clyde Warren park is a must see and a perfect place to catch a yoga class from Stefanie Tovar or do your own impromptu session. If we are in Dallas for lunch, it has to be Crush Craft Thai street food. They used to have up near me that closed during COVID so this place is a must. But Dallas has so much to offer in the small boutique settings where you can walk around and window shop or find something unique – places like Highland Park Village or Snyder Plaza – I’m old school, what can I say! If the weather is gorgeous and we are up for a good walk, I love White Rock Lake. I grew up riding my bike around this lake and the history around it is both fascinating and gorgeous! It has a special place in my heart!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have an INCREDIBLE circle of women around me that support and encourage me day in and day out, but the travel, the late evening classes, weekend long trainings and retreats, hours in front of the laptop and screens, and all the things that come with, would not happen without the love, support, and all around putting up with me of my husband. Love you babe!
Other: https://app.heymarvelous.com/breathe-flow-grow this is where my online memberships are hosted – breathe flow grow into wellness (weekly wellness and self care through recorded and live classes and meditations, mindfulness, and breath work) and coming soon, my kids yoga membership with live classes and tons of resources for parents!
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