Full name: Devyn Jessica Clarke
Position: Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Fitness Philanthropist
Come and Try some Yoga moves with Devyn and have a One to One yoga session with her at the festival!
Devyn’s fitness story:
Having started yoga at a very early age, I always found a sense of peace and grounding when I was on my mat. Years later, on a quest to deepen my understanding of the origins of yoga, I found myself in Bali completing my 200 hour yoga teacher training course. The amount of knowledge and experience I gained over the month was almost overwhelming. The underlying foundation of kindness and selflessness from which the physical practice of yoga was based upon resonated with me somewhere deep in my heart. Upon returning to Dubai I knew that I could use my passion for yoga to touch the lives of others. I began teaching free sunset yoga classes on the beach. I wanted create a safe and non judgemental environment for people who had never tried yoga before. It was never about the money for me, it was more about building a community and creating a space where people could come with their family and friends and try something new. I wanted to be able to instil a sense peace and calmness in others, especially in this day in age where we are consumed by this fast-paced, career driven lifestyle. On top of this, I wanted to be able to give back to the community. I began combining my love for yoga and fitness with my passion for helping those in need. With the help and support of my students, I have been able to touch the lives of over 200 slum school and orphanage children in Bangladesh. We have been able to supply them with clothing, school supplies, textbooks, educational games, toys and sports equipment. I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to be involved in these kids lives and to have the support of such an amazing generous community that I have been connected with through my free classes. I am so excited to see where this journey takes me and how many more lives we can touch.
Building a community of over 2000 people involved in the “Free Yoga Dubai” movement. Supporting over 200 slum school and orphanage children in Bangladesh.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
To be honest, I think it was something I was born with. I have always had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that poverty still exists in a world with such an abundance of wealth and waste. If we could all find it in our hearts to share what we have with people that are less fortunate than us, we could slowly start creating a world based on equality and love rather than selfishness and greed. Everyone deserves equal opportunity and happiness and it is up to those of us that are in a position to help to start creating that balance. I guess in that way my inspiration comes from wanting to inspire others to spread small acts of kindness around the world and help those in need. I want everyone to know that one person CAN make a difference and it doesn’t have to consume your life. It is as simple as taking something you love and using it to make a positive difference in the world. The “yoga for good” model that I created can be applied to anyone’s passion. I want people to start believing that they can make a difference.
What’s your key to your success?
Always stay true to yourself. Find what makes your heart beat faster and do it everyday. Find a way to make it your living. You can never go wrong if you are doing what you love.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Don’t listen to what other people think. It’s something very easy to say but very hard to apply, especially when it comes to people that you are close to. No matter what you do, there are always going to be people that try to bring you down. These people have no space in your life. Make a decision to surround yourself with people that bring you up and motivate you to achieve your goals and push you to be a better person. If you are doing what you love and are true to who you are the right people will make their way into your life.
Do you have a phrase or motto you live your life by?
“We are all in charge of our own happiness. Life doesn’t happen to us, it happens for us.” -Rachel Brathen
Favourite inspirational quote:
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley