November Teacher Feature - Sharon Gargiulo

NAME: Sharon Gargiulo

doTERRA Wellness Advocate

Aromatouch Technique Certified

RYT-200 Yoga Alliance

CLASSES YOU TEACH: Gentle Yoga and Private Classes

What are your pre and post workout foods?

Pre-Workout Food:

I like to keep it super light before a workout so I will usually have a protein shake with fruit, blueberries, mango, strawberries, kiwi or whatever fruit I have. I always add a few drops of DDR Prime, which is a proprietary blend of essential oils, to the-protein shake. This helps support my energy level throughout the workout and aids in quick muscle and joint recovery so I'm not achy or sore after a workout.

Post Workout Food:

Eggs and hashbrowns are my all-time favorite, or a breakfast taco with eggs and spinach. However, if I'm running or doing a second class, I will have Grapenuts or granola mixed with Noosa yogurt - key lime is one of my favorites! I also love the Irish Oatmeal topped with almonds, blueberries and raspberries.

Favorite Food:

This is really hard because I love it all! My husband is an awesome cook so he's always surprising me with his creations! If we are going out to eat, I love sushi and Indian food.

Favorite Workout Gear:

Lululemon. I have the first ever classic Lululemon black yoga pants. They have lasted me for years. I believe they may be vintage! Flare bottoms bought in Berkley, California!

Favorite Workout:

Of course, yoga is my first love!

Favorite way to relax

A walk on the beach.

Favorite TV Show, NetFlix:

What TV? I don't watch TV. I prefer to read everything and anything I can get my hands on!

Favorite color

Periwinkle blue and orange!

Pets:

Two dogs: A Chocolate lab "Athena" and a White lab "Atlas". Both are rescues!

Children:

Six children and six grandsons! Yep, that's an even dozen which is another reason I don't have time for TV. I do a lot of Facetime, though.

What’s on your Playlist:

Santum Kaar, James Taylor, and Classical Jazz (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Charles Bolden, and Art Blakey)

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO TEACH YOGA?

I had this amazing yoga teacher, Kate Coughlin, in Pleasanton, California. She had watched me come to her yoga class for three years, rather inconsistently I might add, and usually when I was recovering from some injury. One day when I was in her class, she asked me to stay after so she could talk to me. She said, "Sharon, I have been watching you for the past few years and think it's time you did the advanced studies to become a yoga teacher!” I said, “WHAT? Are you nuts? This is the worst time ever. I am going through a divorce. I have a herniated disc and a torn rotator cuff, plus a major fear of being in front of people!” She smiled at me and said, “That's why you will some day make a great teacher because you will have learned that bullying your body is not honoring who you are. Being consistent and really understanding yoga and its benefits will help you and eventually allow you to help others get through the bumps.” She believed I could and so I did.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TEACHING?

I love watching the changes as clients get more confident and stronger in mind and body, when they have that “A-HA” moment that yoga is more than asana or an exercise, the “flipping on” of the switch that allows them to be in tune with their breath and movement, watching them grow and be empowered in the NOW and quieting '"the monkey brain," if only for an hour or so! I love seeing them grow into that awareness.

WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED/POSITIVE WHEN YOUR BODY IS TIRED/ENERGY IS LOW?

Well, first off, I know that I have to put my mask on before I can help anyone else. It’s just like they tell you every time you fly - PUT YOUR OXYGEN MASK ON FIRST. I use my yoga breathing techniques that I have learned. I also use the DDR Prime essential oil blend in my water and drink tons of it to lift me up. I will find an essential oil, such as bergamot, and diffuse it, drink it and smell it!!! Listen to Santum Kaar and do a few sun salutations! If that doesn't do the trick, I rest in shavasana for 15 minutes, pop a few almonds and a handful of spinach, and I am usually good to go! I really do pay attention and ask myself WHY I am feeling that way and what can I do to make it better!

HOW DO YOU WANT CLIENTS TO FEEL WHEN THEY LEAVE YOUR CLASS?

I want them to feel empowered and to know that they are enough just as they are right here and now!

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE TRYING YOGA FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Take what you want and leave the rest! Have fun! It's YOGA!

You can find Sharon teaching gentle yoga at 4:00 pm on Mondays at The Yoga Barre. Sharon has a wealth of knowledge about doTerra Essential oils and aromatouch technique, and we look forward to her sharing her knowledge with us in a special section in the studio and on our website and social media sites very soon :)

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