Teacher Tuesday: Meet Wendy!

Allow us to introduce Wendy Smith-Ozug, Aerial & Mat Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Reiki Practitioner, and Cupping Practitioner.

Wendy is a 200 Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor. She is a Certified Reiki Practitioner, Crystal Healing Practitioner, Advanced Guided Meditation Practitioner, Level 1 Aroma Therapist and a Master Mindfulness Practitioner.

She discovered her love of yoga in 2011. She has always been very physically fit and enjoyed weightlifting and gymnastics. Wendy found out that she has a connective tissue disorder and was experiencing great deals of pain. She needed to find a way to be kind to her body while staying healthy. Yoga was the answer. She found yoga to be a great low-impact way to stay in shape, but also discovered it was amazing for her mind and spirit. While focusing much of her practice on the ground, Wendy wanted to take her practice to a much “higher” level. In 2012, she started training in Aerial yoga and became a certified Aerial yoga instructor in 2017.

Struggling to find relief from her connective tissue disorder in the “modern” world of medicine, Wendy found great comfort and relief with yoga, chiropractic care and from working with energy healers. Wendy’s health greatly improved. She delved into the world of holistic healing because she wanted to share the benefits with others. She has been a helper and a healer her entire life. She has been told that she is a great comforter. Energy healers have encouraged her for years to develop her gifts of healing and empathy. They have supported and guided her on her learning journey.

We asked each of our teachers a few questions to get to know them better...

What/Who inspires you?  

Wow!  I’m not sure if I have one answer to this question. I’m inspired each day by people and animals, alike. 

My rescue animals, my foster dogs show me that it is possible to move on with life despite living a life of severe abuse and neglect. They learn to trust again...they learn to love again. They are a huge inspiration to me. I have helped them to heal by showing them love, compassion, empathy, patience and in turn, they have helped me heal as well.

My yoga students, my energy healing clients are all inspirations to me. It is truly incredible to watch them grow and progress each week. To get stronger. To start trusting themselves. To start finding themselves. I love that I am part of a community that shares and inspires each other. 

My daughters inspire me. As I watch them take flight on their own journeys with grace, love and confidence; they have inspired me to grow, to explore, to leave fear behind. 

Just being alive, being present inspires me. The blossoming of a flower, new life. The rain after a hot day. Giving and receiving love. Finding peace within myself. I’m inspired and awed by all of it. 

What book has influenced your life the most?

I am an avid reader. It might seem crazy with all the self help, spiritual and inspirational books out there, but I fall back to a book from my childhood, Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie de Paola. 

It’s a story about family, unconditional love, patience, kindness, acceptance, death, sadness, hope, wonder. It’s a strange little book but I fell hard for it and will still go back and reread it to this day. When I was younger, I wanted to crawl in the pages and just be part of the story. I felt so much love for the family in this book. 

This book taught me, from a very young age, to be accepting, to not judge, to love compassionately, empathetically, unconditionally, to be curious, to show up for others, to be kind, to be patient, that death doesn’t mean the end, to watch for shooting stars, that despite hardships and sadness there is always hope. There is always hope. 

Favorite and least favorite posture, and why? 

Favorite:  Supta Baddha Konasana - I have extremely tight hips, so this pose offers relief and helps my hips to open and release. I will sleep in this pose, using pillows to prop my knees for support. It’s a great pose for deep relaxation and release. 

Least Favorite:  Agnistambhasana - This pose has been a struggle for me since I started my yoga journey. Fire Log pose is a huge hip opener, but it also requires flexibility in the hips. I use props to help ease into this pose. Jokingly, I call this pose, “My Nemesis “.  It’s a pose that definitely stays in my practice because my body and my mind need it. 

✨ If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

I am always up for an adventure and love to travel. I love, not only learning about other cultures, but immersing myself in the local culture of everywhere I travel. 

I have quite few places on my travel list, but most recently, I’ve been dreaming of Corfu, Greece. I love history, especially WWII history. Corfu is very rich in history and their story during WWII sparks a lot of interest for me. Not to mention the beautiful beaches, quaint alleyways, food, coffee, museums, store fronts. Ahhhhh, when do we leave?  

What superpower do you wish you possessed? 

Ahhhh, this is a tough one. I can think of a few that I’d love to be blessed with. 

I’ve been obsessed with the Outlander books and series...so I’m going to say time travel. I love history from all periods of time, so I think it would be pretty amazing to experience historic events in person. 

I’d love to go back in time and get a chance to sit with my grandparents once more. To hold my children as babies again. Maybe even see things that have happened in my life a little clearer. 

What times/days do you teach at Grey Owl? / What are your offerings at Grey Owl?

10:30am, Tuesday - Aerial Yoga

6:30pm, Wednesday - Guided Meditation 

Learn more about Wendy @ www.loveandlightwithpurpose.com

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