This week we are high-fiving FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight: Shannon Giles! In this interview, she shares with us how yoga has changed her mindset from “I can’t” to “I can!”. She also shares about her dietary challenges and the mantras she uses to keep her head in the game! We especially love the advice that she gives to women who are struggling with their fitness journey! Big high five to Shannon!
What is your fave way to train (running, yoga, CrossFit, weightlifting, dancing…)?
I train by teaching Buti Yoga 7 days a week, as well as teaching Buti Bands and Buti Sculpt. I take HIIT classes at A.C.E. Fitness where I teach Yoga. I also work on my own yoga practice as much as possible.
How did that become your thing?
I had been working on my own Yoga practice for a little over a year, when I decided I wanted to teach, and I stumbled upon Buti Yoga when looking for 200 Hr. Training in my area. I received 3 free online videos of Buti Yoga to try at home, and I was hooked. It’s such a great mix of Yoga asanas + tribal dance + conditioning and strengthening, and core and floor work. I fell in love with the movement of Buti Yoga, and the release I got from the workouts. It allows you to get out of your head and into your body! A year later, I am Buti Yoga certified, as well as Buti Band and Buti Sculpt certified, and 200 Hr. RYT in Vinyasa.
How has training physically changed you mentally or emotionally?
Training has changed me mentally by making me more aware of my own body and its abilities. I used to think and say to myself, “I can’t do that” and now, I don’t say that, much less think it.
I CAN DO IT, and I have the mentality that let’s me prove that to myself. Emotionally, training has helped me release toxic thoughts about my abilities to do and to teach. I am much more connected to my Mind, Body, and Soul, and I take the time to meditate and manifest things I want for my life. Both my mind and my body are mentally and emotionally STRONG.
What is still hard for you about your training, fitness or nutrition?
More than anything, I think nutrition is definitely harder for me when it comes to training. I tend to not eat enough, therefore a great protein shake or supplement is something I rely on to get me through the day. I don’t eat bad, I just don’t really eat that much. I can’t eat tomatoes, or onions because both make me physically sick, and I’m not big on lots of vegetables, so I’m primarily a protein eater, and I can’t stomach dairy or grains, so I’ve been dairy and grain free for over 2 years now after having severe stomach issues that caused constipation for the last 10 years. I just never took the time to adjust my diet like I should have, nor did I have good doctors or a nutritionist tell me to stay away from dairy and grains, so I just kind of figured it out on my own after being tired of suffering.
What is the mantra in your head that you hear most often when you train?
Inhale - I Trust Me, Exhale - It Will All Come!!
What do you love most about your body?
I love the strength that I see when I look in the mirror! Mental and physical strength!
If you have worked with a coach, what’s the most important lesson you learned from that person?
Ace Billions - Owner/Trainer at A.C.E. Fitness has taught me that I have The Ability to Conquer Everything!
What is your fave nutrition tip?
My favorite nutrition tip, is to HYDRATE!!! I work out so much, that drinking water sometimes gets old and boring, but it’s a must!! I add doTerra essential oil like lemon, lime, grapefruit, or tangerine to my water to give it that extra boost and it helps curb those cravings for the sweets, as I am a sweet food lover!!!
If you could tell only one thing to every woman who is struggling in her fitness journey, what would that be?
To not be hard on yourself, and trust the process! Practice takes progress, and your human, your bound to slip up, have a cheat day, or two, as long as you get back to your routine and don’t stay in a rut of eating bad, and not exercising, your OK!!!
What goal are you going to crush next??
I’m going to crush the Buti Yoga game here in Las Vegas by bringing Buti to more women! Starting with teaching at UNLV in January!!!
BIG thank you to Shannon for being our FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight!
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