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Community Highlights: Meet Devin Richards of Flow Down Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devin Richards.

Hi Devin, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I first went to college to study psychology, and in turn earned my master’s degree in social work. Since graduating in 2018, I’ve worked with various non-profit agencies in Denver that provided services to survivors of unimaginable traumas. When the pandemic hit and I was working from home, I realized that what I was doing was not enough, and I felt like I needed to work with survivors of trauma from the inside out. In October 2021, I left social work to pursue training in yoga. I enrolled in the 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat in Rollinsville, and have been teaching yoga since. I now teach private yoga lessons, weekly yoga for beginners at the VIBE Gym and Wellness Collective for women and non-binary people in Denver, and I also teach weekly yoga at a sober living house in Aurora. My passion is to help others connect to their bodies through a combination of physical movement, breathing exercises, and intentional relaxation. I love teaching yoga to people who feel that they are “not flexible enough,” “not balanced enough,” or “not good at” yoga! I try to provide a safe space for anyone who wants to explore yoga.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I have been very fortunate in my yoga teaching journey. I’ve had the ability to quit my job to pursue yoga and have had a fairly easy time finding clientele through connections I’ve built through my social work career. My biggest struggle is social media. Since I was a kid, I’ve had a fear of judgment which makes the idea of marketing myself on social media a challenge.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I chose the name Flow Down Yoga for a few reasons! I wanted to convey the idea of going with the flow of life and letting things flow off your back. This works really well in yoga practice because when we find ourselves fully emersed in our practice, we enter the “flow state of mind.” Flow Down Yoga was a good way to integrate these ideas.

One of my goals right now is to become a Yoga Therapist. While I’m in the process of completing these requirements, I am teaching yoga in a trauma-informed way.

One of the things that set me apart from others is that I am a beginner teacher, teaching beginners. I believe this is helpful when I have students who are new to the practice because they understand that we are all learning this together. This is yoga practice not yoga perfect.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My fiancé Ryan – Ryan has been one of my biggest supporters. Ryan is the one who saw how affected I was becoming as a social worker. When I told him that yoga was the one thing that was helping my burnout, he encouraged me to leave social work to become a yoga instructor.

My aunt Sonja – Sonja has been my most consistent student and has been integral in helping me create a business plan, find a name for my company, and create an initial logo.

My friends and family who have supported me throughout the process. From joining my classes to helping me with social media and support, I couldn’t have made this change without all of you.

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