Most people know that I once considered myself a professional dancer. I performed on stages and in private venues, choreographed, owned a studio and even started a dance company and summer program.
People who know the "L.A. Jasmine" know me as a fitness trainer and not much else. Which, is insane because I originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dance career. "L.A. Jasmine" hasn't actually danced in years. I gave power to a few negative experiences and I walked away from that dream, so here we are.
Although I think it's very important to live in the present, I often find myself replaying the last few years over in my head because I also think it's important to learn from the past. I know I identify as a trainer and group fitness instructor now, but the journey to get to this point is almost magical. What I find interesting about my journey, and keep in mind I do not believe in coincidence, is the amount of work the universe did to get me to where I am.
I ended up in the fitness field because of dance. I never once considered teaching in a gym setting until a Crossfit Gym near my home was hiring Hip Hop and Barre Instructors. It seemed right up my alley so I went and auditioned, just to make extra money. This job lead to several other small gym and boutique studio jobs, which lead to Equinox.
Side note: Moving from gym to gym taught me not to be afraid to move on for the sake of growth and happiness because there will always be a better situation for you beyond the horizon.
Equinox, where I was teaching Barre and "Hip Hop" at the time, lead me to meet this ray of sunshine, Geummy, who attended my dance class each week. Geummy thought my class was so amazing and empowering that she even brought guests to the gym to experience it. About two months after I had started teaching my dance class, it was cancelled and I was given an earlier time slot. Geummy had also stopped coming to that gym so I would only see her on Social Media.