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The scorpion is the name of this yoga pose which Shaeeda Sween demonstrates. – Picture by Marvin Hamilton

If you google Shaeeda Sween, pictures of a properly-built-up fashionista will pop up on your display screen. And if you take a look at her social media platforms on Instagram and Facebook @westindianbella you will be greeted by stylish photographs of her in different yoga poses, with her work out outfits matching her hijabs and headwraps and not an eyelash out of place.

Sween has been a yoga teacher for the earlier four years – a really like affair that was born out of the unexpected and heartbreaking end of another.

“In March 2017 I was a very dark area in my life. My boyfriend experienced broken up with me by using a textual content concept. Who does that? Think about I was wanting at him as my foreseeable future spouse. I was emotionally and mentally broken,” Sween claimed.

As she was seeking to cope with her heartache, an on the internet picture of a lady performing a head stand caught her awareness and it appeared calming. She attempted to do it but couldn’t.

“I googled head stands and observed yoga. I was intrigued. I followed the yoga prep poses and was in a position to do the head stand in two weeks.”

She wished to do more and practised the split right up until she was capable to do it.

The wall wheel pose, proven by Shaeeda Sween, is an instance of the overall flexibility one particular can obtain with yoga. – Photo by Marvin Hamilton

“I fell in love with yoga and experienced to get into it. I did exploration, appeared for an accredited college and obtained an bundle online. So you see, in the conclude it all it worked out perfectly. If he (her ex-boyfriend) hadn’t accomplished what he did I would have been focusing on a marriage in its place.

Sween, 36, teaches Vinyasa yoga, a design of yoga that focuses on versatility. It is characterised by stringing poses with each other so that every single 1 moves seamlessly into a further. She finished her certification in a 12 months from Aura Wellness in the US and has been frequently updating her education.

“Every two many years instructors are envisioned to update. I chose Vinyasa due to the fact I didn’t want anything at all as well common. I just wished to encourage girls to reduce excess weight around time and get the benefit of adaptability.”

Immediately after that the former govt assistant and logistics co-ordinator at a governing administration ministry gave up her 8-to-four position and opened a studio on Henry Street, Port of Spain.

“I desired to do anything that I cherished and that could fork out the expenses. I also did vogue blogging, but it was not an cash flow earner.”

With so a lot of ladies trying to find means in which to practise self care, Sween was capable to attract them with her versatility program.

“That’s how I market it – enhanced versatility in three months. I never have a dance or gymnastics history and I was equipped to do it, so I genuinely thrust girls to be versatile and check out to make them sense at ease about themselves, whatsoever their age. I enable them know consistency is critical.” She spots no age limit on who can be part of her classes, with the youngest in her course staying eight. She also presents schooling for males on a one-on-just one foundation.

Past 12 months when she was compelled to shut the studio due to the fact of the pandemic, Sween panicked for the reason that she was anticipating a economic tough patch.

“But then I noticed everyone providing on the net courses and I determined to acquire mine online. It was a person of the most progressive points I have at any time completed. It was additional accessible and easy for persons,” and opened the doorways to worldwide learners from London, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon, Iraq, and the US. She has had to increase an added course to accommodate the need.

Shaeeda Sween demonstrates the seated compass placement. – Photo by Marvin Hamilton

Sween takes advantage of the Zoom platform for her lessons.

“I now have three classes with about 40 students in complete. A person for mothers on Thursday at 10 am, adaptability on Wednesday at 7 pm, and intercontinental Saturday versatility class at 7 am. There are a several locals in the Saturday class, but the the greater part are intercontinental students. I also give complimentary Sunday at 5 pm. It’s my way of giving back again.”

The global learners, she stated, started off speaking to her following she posted images of herself on Instagram. They were screenshotted and shared to the Rigid Yogi Instagram page.

“That site has 1.2 million followers and opened me up to more persons from all around the planet. Also, they (Rigid Yogi) emailed asking if I preferred to be component of a ebook they had been publishing termed Yoga for Inflexible Persons. It is bought on Amazon and my pics are on webpage 13. Just one of them is me carrying out the The Lord of The Dance pose,” she beamed.

She explained the simple fact that she is a Muslim was what might have attracted the awareness of her Center Jap college students. But they were being not the only kinds spending consideration. In 2019 she identified like yet again with someone from the US whom she met on social media.

“He was on Instagram, observed my pics and ‘liked’ them. He seemed sweet and I ‘liked’ his photos back again. He despatched me a non-public concept indicating ‘great progress’ and ‘you inspire me.’ We received into a connection and in December 2019 he arrived to TT to see me. He fulfilled my spouse and children and proposed to me on Maracas beach. Soon right after he left, the borders ended up closed so he’s there and I am in this article.”

As quickly as she can, she strategies to get married and transfer to the US to get started a new chapter of her existence in her new yoga studio. She also has a retirement system in area – generating flexibility video clips and offering them on the internet. As she appears to be back again on the earlier 4 several years of her lifestyle she sees her agony from a various point of view.

“It hurt, but it was the starting of a thing terrific.”