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.