MEET YOUR TWISTED TRAINER
Loagan came to Twisted Bodies a few years ago as a quite little yoga student. A couple months after she began the Twisted Bodies Yoga Teacher Training Program, and well we just never let her leave. Within the last year she has started working toward her Pilates certification and a few others, along with a Masters degree. She is one busy girl! However, with all the busy going on her life she stills stays her spunky upbeat self, delivering the yoga and pilates love to all her students. So we took a couple minutes and made this girl sit down and tell us more about herself.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Bugs, chocolate, my boo, spell-check, veg-life, music, art, travel, Louie, middle child, anxiety, lilac, Chuck Palanuk, fresh dill, jeans, Varjak, running water, family, yoga, knitting, flannel, wild flowers, swear words
When did you first start teaching?
I started teaching yoga in 2015 at the end of my first year as a math teacher.
Have you always been involved in dance and fitness?
I have been dancing on my own since the day I was born- horribly, but it makes me happy. I come from a really competitive, really active family. Unfortunately I am the least coordinated, so cross-country was kept others safe from my intense level of spaz. I did try tennis, which was not a complete catastrophe. Yoga was a fitness activity I found in my early teens that has been a part of my whole health and wellness regime since. Other than that I enjoy hiking, biking, some rock climbing, and getting together with friends to nourish my inner child playing kickball.
When and how did you decide you wanted to be a full time instructor?
I knew I wanted to devote more of my life to instructing during my second year as a public educator. I went in to work everyday giving it my all, but I could feel my drive waning. I knew that if I stayed teaching math I would become a bad teacher. I do not half-ass anything. I have always lived by the philosophy that if you are not going to whole-ass something, you should not do it at all. It was not fair to students to have a half-ass teacher, and it was not fair to me to half-ass a career. In 2016 I decided to whole-ass yoga and Pilates instructing.
What are your biggest goals as a teacher and student?
They are one in the same: to learn. I do not ever want to feel complacent as either. If nothing else, I am tenacious- especially about learning. There is always more to be understood from those who take my classes and other instructors.
What are your biggest challenges?
Anxiety and confidence. I have always struggled with both. There have been several times, more than I would like to admit, that I have been kicked in the teeth by both. But that is the cool thing about challenges; at the end of the day they are sanctimonious bullies asking to be pushed back. Me ten years ago would not believe who I am today. That gives me the courage and inspiration to get back up when I get bogged down by myself.
Bad horror films and a WIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE.
Dirty Dancing. Gives me all the feels.
Favorite Twisted Class to teach:
Essential yoga. No words or combination of emotions can quite encapsulate the love and gratitude I have for yoga; very little in this world compares to the feeling of sharing that with others.
Favorite Twisted Class to take:
Silks and hoop. They keep me humble.
I can draw pretty darn well. Also, I know all the words to Ice Ice Baby and It's the End of the World as We Know It.
What she does when life gets stressful:
She goes on a hike with her man and her dog.
There are as many places I want to see, as there are cities in the world. Right now my husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland and Scotland next year. Ideally my fur babies would be coming too. So, right now the dream is sitting on the coast of Ireland listening to the sea, while the cat chases critters, and Jake and Louie go full goon in the tide.
Historical figure she most identifies with:
Every badass lady scientist ever.
If there were a soundtrack to her life:
Oh geeze. Where to begin?!?!?!?!??! A lot of Queen, Peter Gabriel, The Cramps, Dolly Parton, Echo and the Bunnymen, Brand New, Fugazi, '68, Explosions in the Sky, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Parliament Funkadelic, The Killers, The Pixies, Aaron Nevile, Kings of Leon, Sigur Ros, Salt and Pepa, Frank Turner, Phantom of the Opera Soundtrack, The Cure, Record Setter, Janis Joplin, Hanson, Gregory Alan Isakov, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Talking Heads...to name a few. Pretty much every band to come out of the 90's, 80's goth-pop, punk, and dance your pants off, band ever.
Beauty product she can’t live without:
Coconut oil. I cover myself head-to-toe in it every day.
Twisted Person she is most inspired by and why:
I do not know that I could pick just one. There are too many incredible instructors and yogis that keep me swimming in inspiration.