How This Teen Yoga Instructor Became An Entrepreneur, Philanthropist And An Inspiration

A young woman posed sitting on a green and red chair.

A young woman posed sitting on a green and red chair.

Steven Busby

In 2019, I used to be within the hospital recovering from a traumatic automobile accident. When I might stroll once more, my healthcare workforce recommended I combine yoga and meditation again into my every day routine. My first time on the mat once more, the yoga teacher guided the category with anecdotes of being current and grateful. I used to be shocked to study that Natalie Asatryan, the sage yogi who helped me domesticate a peaceable thoughts after many anxious months, was solely 13-years-old, making her the youngest feminine licensed yoga teacher in America. 

Natalie’s yoga journey started in kindergarten when a pal’s dad or mum invited her to hitch a class. “All I wanted was that (firstclass) and I used to be completely hooked. I couldn’t await Tuesday to return,” she says. In elementary faculty, she tried totally different actions however didn’t hook up with the rest the best way she did to yoga.  At age 8, Natalie joined her mother’s yoga lessons. As her ardour for the conscious apply grew, she was shocked most of her buddies had by no means heard of it. That’s when she knew she needed to take motion to share the enjoyment and peace she was experiencing from yoga with as many folks as she might. 

When Natalie informed her mother she needed to be a yoga teacher, she inspired her to be something she needed when she grew up. Natalie corrected herself and stated, “I would like to educate yoga now.” Her mother discovered a studio with an upcoming instructor coaching, however when she requested if her daughter might take part, they had been turned away. Annoyed however decided, they referred to as and visited studio after studio. Three years later, they lastly acquired the sure they’d been ready for. “We could not consider it! The instructor stated she would meet up with me earlier than the coaching began, and if she thought I used to be mature sufficient, she would permit me to take part, however no guarantees,” she says. The then 12-year-old certainly impressed the trainer and Natalie went on to full the 200
-
hour curriculum. Along with her teacher certification, Natalie can also be a Yoga Alliance member, a nonprofit devoted to upholding integrity, security and accessibility inside the yoga group.

a young woman in an upward dog yoga position on a deck during the day

Steven Busby

Now 15, Natalie makes use of her platform to create change on and off the mat. Via her yoga instruction and public talking, she hopes to inspire “a new paradigm of intellectually energetic, non secular youngsters and youngsters” and encourage women to pursue their passions at any age. Over the final three years, Natalie has traveled throughout the nation educating her conscious classes (because of COVID-19, her lessons are at the moment on-line) and selling self-care. The proceeds have generated 1000’s of {dollars}, all of which have been donated to the numerous charities she helps, together with the 
Red Cross
 and 
Red Nose Day. The teenager yogi, entrepreneur, and philanthropist is deeply concerned with the Unstoppable Foundation
’s efforts to present training, healthcare, secure water and sanitation to a Kenyan village. 

As she continues to develop in her apply and make her distinctive mark on the world, Natalie’s altruism and accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. She has graced the duvet of LA Yoga and is the recipient of a number of awards, together with a Global Youth Award by Round Table Global for Training Innovation – Demonstration of Management. Natalie has lately partnered with Holy TV, a platform devoted to sharing inspiration on a regular basis.

a young girl in a yoga pose on the cover of LA Yoga magazine

David Younger-Wolff

When requested what she sees for her future profession, Natalie says, “I’m nonetheless solely 15 and figuring that out, however I hope I can encourage others to know there isn’t any age restrict to altering the world.”