MIAMI (CBSMiami) — In this edition of “Women To Watch,” Trend Tracker® Tara Gilani introduces us to a woman who turned her part-time pastime into her full-time passion, allowing her in the process, to change her career and her life.
Gilani caught up with yogi extraordinaire, Paula Walker, at Green Monkey in South Beach.
Yoga is the love of Walker’s life. It wasn’t always this way. Walker used to plan parties at high-end night clubs in South Beach.
“She traded in the velvet rope for a yoga mat,” said Gilani. “Like all of us, she was seeking more. I love that she just went for it.”
“I worked at all the cool places for all the major players on South Beach. I did it all. But I wanted to make a change. So I called the owner of Green Monkey and said I wanted to come work for him and I landed my dream job,” said Walker.
Her hard work, commitment and passion paid off.
“I’m the corporate sales and marketing manager for Green Monkey and I became a yoga teacher, she said.
Gilani asked, “On the job bliss. What’s not to love?”
“I’m so happy. It’s the happiest time in my life right now. It really is. I’m so healthy mentally and physically and that’s what I love to share with other people, to introduce that to them,” replied Walker.
“I admire her commitment” said Gilani. “How can you not?”
Walker lives to share and teach yoga.
“If I can have a beginner’s yoga student come to my class and share what I know, my knowledge, it’s so rewarding. It’s being of service to people,” said Walker.
For good reason, “Handstand Paula” is her nickname.
“Handstand Queen works too,” laughed Gilani.
“When I get to stand on my hands, it brings out my inner child which brings out a lot of joy and there’s definitely a correlation of being happy when you’re upside down,” shared Walker.
“Let’s not lose focus,” said Gilani. “This is not about handstands. It’s about spiritual and mental growth.”
“The real yoga is when you step off of your mat, literally. It’s when you’re in traffic, or in an argument with somebody, or you’re in a challenging situation. That’s when the real yoga really starts,” said Walker.
The Trend Tracker® doesn’t hold back: “Paula is obsessed! Wonderfully so.”
“Tara is right,” laughed Walker. “For lack of a better term, yoga is my great addiction.”
Paula played Tara’s lightening round with an open heart.
Paula Walker, from the heart, answered the Trend Tracker®’s round of questions: I want, “to share yoga with as many people as I can,” I will, “keep doing the work to be the most powerful yoga teacher that I possibly can,” I won’t, “ever stop doing yoga.”
“I love her devotion,” said Gilani. “What’s not to love?”