After her career as a student-athlete at the University of Miami came to an end, Wally Layland wasn’t ready to stop being an athlete. Layland turned her lifelong passion and commitment to fitness into a budding career. We caught up with Layland for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @wally.yoga.

Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I’m from Orlando, FL and was a student athlete at University of Miami.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

I was an athlete my entire life (springboard and platform diving), so I have been into fitness forever. But it was yoga that helped me through a lot of hard times after I lost my brother, so I wanted to become a yoga instructor to help others like it helped me.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

Seeing the relief people get from taking a yoga class – I can see it on their face that there’s less tension in their body and/or mind. That is the best feeling for me knowing I helped them feel that relief they otherwise may not have gotten.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

Knowing I am following my passion and doing what I love gets me excited to keep me going throughout the day. I also drink Arbonne’s fizz sticks which are a natural source of energy that help a lot when I teach multiple classes a day.

How would you describe your classes?

My classes are physically challenging but also peaceful for the mind, because its a place where you can go to let go of everything going on in your life to just breathe and be by yourself and I always remind my students of that.

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

I was a student athlete so I loved training in the UM Athletics facility, but now that I live a little North, I love training at The Office 954 in Fort Lauderdale.

What are you excited about right now?

I am excited about all the doors that seem to be opening that are presenting new and awesome opportunities for me. I am meeting the most amazing people, and I am stoked to build new relationships with people that have the same mindsets as me.

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

My long-term goal is to have my own yoga studio one day.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

I do yoga every day, and I also do some different kind of training methods (HIIT, strength, boxing, etc) at the Office 954.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I practice mental health every day by taking at least five minutes a day to myself to meditate.