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About Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

  • Yoga
Taylor’s yoga practice began in 2013 when life seemed to be at a standstill. After going through a traumatic life experience, she felt she didn’t have anywhere to go but up, but wasn’t sure how to get there. After trying a yoga class for the first time, she instantly knew that yoga would fill the void. Nearly 7 years later, now both a yoga teacher and student, she is proud to say that yoga saved her life. In the studio, she encourages her students to show their true and authentic selves, and to understand that there is no right or wrong to practice yoga. Whether you need to exert your body to release energy one day then spend the next in child’s pose, she will always be your biggest cheerleader and will support you both on and off your mat. When taking Taylor’s class, expect lots of juicy flows and to walk out with a smile on your face. She encourages students to find their edge - the place mentally, physically and emotionally that can feel a little bit scary, but also allows you to directly experience the growth occurring in your body right there in that moment. Outside of yoga, Taylor manages a marketing team for a design firm in Chicago. She is often traveling with friends and her boyfriend, Reid, and loves snuggling with her rescue pup, Ella.

Q: What is one fact that people would be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up sleeping, breathing and living the sport of horseback riding. In 2004, I got a horse of my own in a bit of a bargain. My horse turned out to be the granddaughter of Secretariat, the first Triple Crown winner of 25 years in 1973! Also, my great, great, great, great (maybe add a few more “greats” in there) grandfather is Noah Webster, the author of the dictionary.

Q: What’s your favorite non-fitness related hobby?

Cooking! I absolutely love trying new food and developing my skills in the kitchen. I almost went to culinary school, but most of my very formal training comes from YouTube videos or Instagram TV 😉

Q: What is your favorite sports team?

Cleveland Browns, baby!

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