I spoke with Lashaun about her passion for the fitness industry, her upcoming book, and her joy de vivre.
1. How did fitness become a part of your life?
My parents always said I was born for this work as I couldn't stop moving or dancing or obsessively trying and practicing new acrobatic tricks – from the moment I was out of the womb! BUT that I also required an audience. Ha! I taught my first class as a teenager at 14 because the local gym teacher didn't show up. It ended up being more like a cheerleading gymnastics warm up…but I was hooked from that moment on?
2. How do you stay happy?
I am very happy, which doesn't mean that I am happy every minute of every day, but I take responsibility for my mood, just like I do my immune system. It is not dependent upon outside circumstances to dictate how I feel about myself or my life. I am very good about making sure that I feed my soul, and my brain every day and by surrounding myself with amazing people like my children and husband, and I have the very best work family in the world.?
3. Who are your sources of inspiration?
I love to read and study and am continuously feeding my mind with interesting things and remaining a student. This keeps me inspired. And people. I am so moved by the incredible depth, resiliency and vastness of the human spirit and can be inspired by my parents, my students, even people I meet at the coffee shop, movies, books, commercials—you name it. I think if you are looking for what is working and what is good about life and people, then you find exactly that.?
4. What keeps you going? How do you stay so positive, in fitness, and in life?
I have a deep spiritual life—I have been a student of metaphysics, philosophy and personal development since a very young age and have developed I think a unique set of daily practices that are now simply ingrained in my personality and way of approaching my day. It is a practice however and my life is not always rosy…and I experience major upsets, but I don't dwell there for long and when you turn towards a creative solution and get busy doing something that feels good, one emerges—especially if your intention is clear.?
5. What are your favorite quotes?
I could give you hundreds! Words are spiritual nutrition to me.
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: ?Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly.
Virgil: ?Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Og Mandino : You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis: ?Never complain and never explain.
Walt Disney: ?The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Mark Twain: Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
Aristotle: Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
6. What are your upcoming projects?
I am writing a book and creating a series of online courses and events that help people find their daily inspiration (and move with it of course!) ?
7. What dreams do you have for yourself?
Aside from my book, I would like to mentor 100 new instructors and trainers to create their own amazing brands, signature classes, products and programs that combine and reach 1,000,000 people over the next 10 years. That would be an amazing legacy to leave this world by serving an industry that feeds me so deeply everyday.
You are such an incredible human being, Lashaun, Thank you for being a part of the fitness industry, and more importantly, for being the inspiring and generous person that you are.
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