Catching A Rainbow

kids yogaI’ve got big plans for this life of mine, and I come up with sets of new goals daily. It’s not often that I feel the need to stick with something long term or see much permanence in my life. However, this summer, I did collect a new permanent fixture – yoga. I was studying for the Oklahoma Bar Exam, and as any attorney can tell you, the two months before the Bar are some of the most unsettling you’ll ever have. I couldn’t sleep at night, couldn’t focus during the day, and my regular workout schedule just wasn’t cutting it. That’s when I went back to see Tiffany Porte at her studio in Oklahoma City, Yoga at Tiffany’s. I had just dropped in randomly for a few classes with Tiffany when she taught in the Paseo District, and I remembered her upbeat attitude and intensely designed and creative flow series; I figured I might as well give this yoga business a decent go – what could it hurt?

After one class at her studio, I was hooked. Hot power prana yoga in the morning, followed by the library for the better chunk of the day reading riveting stuff about bankruptcy and administrative law, and then CrossFit in the evening. This was my life for two months. And when my name popped up on the list of new attorneys in Oklahoma in September, I knew all the focus and mind/body combination work had been worth it. I also knew that I had the ability to do for others what Tiffany had done for me. Through her practice and teaching, she showed me that pushing my physical limits in a setting where it’s you against yourself will bring some true enlightenment. I learned that I could breathe through just about anything, and you better believe I used that yoga breath while staring down at a booklet in July that determined my future career. I also used it standing in the TSA line, listening to a rather abrasive individual talk down to me, and countless other times when I needed to get through a rough patch.

Yoga will humble you, challenge you, and bring you great confidence. It may sound silly, but I’ve become a firm believer that the more people that practice yoga, the better the world will be. Many yoga teachers come right out and say with intention how we should have more patience and kindness when dealing with our fellow man, but even if that intention wasn’t vocalized, it’s just something that roots into the subconscious anyway.

It is because of my passion for this practice that I would be a perfect fit for the Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training program in Oklahoma City, on January 27-29, 2012. As a former elementary school physical education teacher, I’ve seen firsthand the confidence and selflessness instilled in kids through sports and workouts. Yoga is great for children because they will become more self-aware, stronger in their bodies, and they’ll begin to understand how much they can accomplish through focus. It is also ever-changing, so it feeds their curiosity and creativity. I chose Rainbow Kids Teacher Training because of their great reputation, fantastic course content, and their focal point placed firmly on fun. It was just a bonus to learn that the first stop in North America for Rainbow Kids would be Oklahoma City, 10 miles from my hometown.

I’m currently midway through a yoga certification program with CorePower Yoga in Denver, and that course has just whetted my appetite to learn and do more. I am constantly trying to gain knowledge and be a better me, and this scholarship for the Rainbow Kids program would be a great step towards one of my goals of teaching yoga to kids and their families. Parents and children who take classes together will become closer and will be able to share something delightful and demanding. Yogi kiddos will learn new physical, mental, and emotional skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. I plan on volunteering and teaching whenever and wherever I can to make the largest positive impact possible on the future of my community, its children.

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Katy Jones

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  1. Jeff says:

    The beautiful Miss Katy Jones has natural talents, knowledge, passion and a way with people that see her fit to excel in a plethora of employments.
    That she is committing her energies to this worthy cause is a wonderful thing which we should all support.

  2. anm8 says:

    Voting by comment. Hope you win, Katy!

  3. Russell says:

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that when Katy wins this scholarship that every cent of it will be spent to its fullest potential. It only takes a brief encounter with Katy to see the dedication and commitment to improving the world around her, not to mention her huge competence to actually do it! Looking forward to hearing about it Katy!

  4. Heidi says:

    Like I always say “Katy will save the world”!!!!!! If all of us could be like Katy!!!!!

  5. LindyLou says:

    I believe that Katy would live up to everything and more that she puts in this essay. The scholarship would be given to someone who has follow-through, dedication, and passion.

  6. Elina says:

    You got my vote sister soldier :)) wishing you all the best on this journey…

  7. Briony Sven Ethan n Isla says:

    Good luck Katy!

  8. Erin Berryman says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with this fine gal many years ago, and I’ve never known her to put out less than 110%, EVER. This scholarship will be well spent on Katy!

  9. Lindsey says:

    I’m rooting for Katy!

  10. Julie Landes says:

    Absolutely Ms. Katy Jones is deserving of this scholarship. She can do a fantastic job at anything she puts her mind to. If she is setting out to make the world a better place through teaching kids yoga, then she will do it.

  11. Christine says:

    Best of luck Katy!!!

  12. Wendy Lu McGill says:

    Katy is a sure fire yogi in training – pick her!

  13. Amanda says:

    When Katy Jones says she will so something, it happens. This woman is the ideal recipient. I have no doubt that she will make the most of her training and continue to give back!

  14. Latasha says:

    I’m sold. When Katy sets her heart on something she goes for it, and it often involves helping others. She would be a very worthy scholarship recipient who would impact numerous lives with her new skills.

  15. Alice says:

    You are an amazing woman Katy! You give us all something to aspire to. Here’s to a fabulous future ahead!

  16. Sarah Jafari says:

    Pointed and poignant article – Katy is such an inspiration!

  17. Lacy says:

    Katy is the best choice. She will work harder than anyone in this position.

  18. REGINA says:

    You rock, Katy! Good luck!

  19. Angie says:

    Go Katy! Every area needs more yoga instruction for kids; I wish my hyperactive boy could take your class.

  20. Danielle says:

    Fingers crossed for yah friend :)). You would be fabulous!

  21. Angela says:

    You have my vote!!

  22. A. L. says:

    You deserve to win this one kid, and I think you will. You certainly have my vote.

  23. Marilyn Odinot says:

    Here is a capable, competent, energetic and committed woman who is prepared to learn and share such valuable skills with a younger generation, some of whom need all the help they can get. She has all the qualities that would ensure the best chance of success, so she should get a scholarship. Kia kaha!

  24. J.Boom says:

    Hat’s off on this one, Katy Jones. Get. It.

  25. J. Penland says:

    I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this scholarship. Katy’s whole life is about service to others.

  26. Jennifer Carroll says:

    Katy is going to change the world one day. Give her a little help along the way!

  27. Cyndi McDonald says:

    Katy is the hardest working girl.. She has put herself through school twice. Once to earn a teaching degree, and last year…she put her self through law school. Katy has devoted her whole life to helping others and knows no stranger. There is no other person that deserves this scholarship more than she does.

  28. Mandi Anderson says:

    Wish I had 10,000 votes. I’d give them all to you.

  29. Sabrina Killian says:

    Keep up the good work, Katy! You’re amazing! I’m rooting for you!

  30. Heather says:

    What a wonderful program, to which Katy would be a huge asset.

  31. Brice Collier says:

    YES! I was lucky enough to be Katy’s trainer in her onramp classes at CrossFit OKC. Katie is an amazing athlete and even better person. Her personality and genuine sincerity make her perfect for this position.

    -Brice

  32. Taren Blue says:

    Couldn’t think of a more qualified and deserving individual.

  33. Peter says:

    Katy,
    You have a warm heart and a cool head.
    You have my vote and best wishes

  34. heather londagin says:

    Katy is one incredible woman!!! She definitely has my vote!!

  35. Michelle Briggs says:

    Katy,
    I had the same experience with Barre3 this summer while studying for the Bar Exam. The focus and balance that Yoga/Pilates based workouts bring are indeed life changing. So proud of you! Go get it girl and good luck!!

    Michelle

  36. Emily says:

    Katy is without a doubt a most deserving person for this scholarship. Simply put- she is a wonderful person and will have a powerful positive impact on those involved in this program.

  37. Andrea says:

    Katy is a perfect fit for this! Fabulous!

  38. Robin says:

    My vote is YES!

  39. Joann Bell says:

    Katy, you are SO good at everything you undertake! I cast my vote for YOU! Best wishes and good luck!

  40. Carrie says:

    I can’t stress how amazing Katy Jones is. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for at least 6 years and can honestly say I’ve never met a more genuine, honest, loyal, hard working woman. She’s the best candidate for anything she wishes to pursue.

  41. kim says:

    Katy Jones, I love u tooooooo much!

  42. Lola Grr says:

    Katy, there are few people in the world that I honestly believe can achieve anything they set their minds to. And you are among them; with a fierce combination of commitment, grace, and service.

    xo,
    darci

  43. Ryan says:

    Easiest Instructor ever

  44. Kiera says:

    Yes!! Katy you definitely have my vote!

  45. PatrickM says:

    Katy is a dedicated and disciplined individual. She has a positive spirit and would be a great instructor of anything. She would definitely be a strong and positive influence on children.

  46. Kenny Ward says:

    Katy has a great spitit about her that would benefit anyone (especially kids)that she would teach yoga too!

  47. Camille says:

    You are inspiring!! Good luck.

  48. Shanna says:

    I would think at some point you would run out of ways to impress and amaze me but you keep right on going. Good luck girl, praying for you.

  49. Jason Boag says:

    Katy is exemplary. Her kindness is outweighed only by her charisma. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Katy for a couple years now and I can confidently say that she is deserving of this scholarship. Go Jones.

  50. Elizabeth Vincens says:

    Katy! I wish you the best of luck! You deserve it!!! Much love, Elizabeth

  51. Denae says:

    Get it Katy! Woot woot!:)

  52. Andrea Agosta says:

    There is no one else who could be more inspiring, More motivating, more committed!
    What a beautiful human being Katy is!

  53. Leslie James says:

    Katy, this is awesome! I hope you win! You have got my attention and I would love to learn more about this too.. Love you ! Les

  54. Liz says:

    Nice essay and sentiments, Katy. Best of luck in yoga, law, and life!

  55. Lainee Copeland says:

    Amazing essay! I just inspired me for 2012!!

  56. Laurie Jones says:

    Katy should win! She inspires–all of us, all the time.

  57. Laura Rankin says:

    Katy brings sunshine wherever she goes! A truly beautiful person. Best of luck to you with this, Katy!

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