The Free Spirit…Daizha
Dallas Yoga Magazine and the Cosmic Yogi Movement was thrilled and honored to host a workshop with Daizha Peterson at her studio in Colleyville, Le Spa Fit. Daizha’s personality shines in her studio and her students adore her. The workshop was so much fun and inspiring with her empowering Aerial Yoga class. We wanted to learn more about her and knew our readers would too. You can also attend a class lead by Daizha at the Cosmic Yogi Festival.
DYM: Are you originally from Dallas? If not, where are you from?
Daizha: I was born in Des Moines, Iowa but grew up in the Garland /Plano area since I was 1.
DYM: How do people react or what do they say when you tell them you are a yoga teacher?
Daizha: Intrigued. I mainly do Aerial and Buti Yoga which are both very non-traditional forms of yoga, so most people are still new to them.
DYM: Do you have another career?
Daizha: I own Le Spa Fit and it is my full-time gig, but I do a lot of different services so when I’m not teaching I also specialize in cosmetic laser and offer treatments such as skin tag removal, spider vein removal, skin tightening and more.
DYM: That’s so interesting that you incorporated skin treatment into your yoga center. What prompted you to attend your first yoga class? What were your thoughts about it at the time?
Daizha: I was looking for something for my body and soul but wasn’t sure what I wanted. I tried hot yoga first and it kicked my butt! I loved it.
DYM: How did that lead you to becoming a yoga instructor?
Daizha: I loved the intensity of hot yoga but didn’t feel like it was giving me the body/soul connection I was looking for. When I did Aerial Yoga, I was at peace. Then I tried Buti Yoga, it just more raw, primal movements that awaken the chakras and move your soul. They both gave me the balance that I needed but no one in my area was doing them, so I had to do it myself. (Laughing)
DYM: What certifications do you have?
Daizha: For fitness, I have my group training, Aerial Yoga and Buti Yoga certification. I’m hoping to take my RYT this year.
DYM: Do you have a preferred style of yoga you practice?
Daizha: I love all forms of yoga, but as I mentioned, my favorites are Aerial yoga and Buti yoga. I also love Acro yoga, Paddleboard yoga, Goat yoga and Wine Yoga. (Laughing)
DYM: What can someone expect when they go to your class for the first time?
Daizha: Fun! People are also surprised by what they can do in their first Aerial Class.
DYM: I know! My first Aerial class I was hanging upside down in just a couple of minutes. It was so awesome! What do you want your students to accomplish or “take away” from your class?
Daizha: A fun, yet relaxing fitness experience. This is one workout you won’t dread going to.
DYM: What advice would you give someone thinking about becoming a yoga instructor?
Daizha: Do it! I feel like teaching has helped me so much in my own personal journey, and with every class, I get to deepen my own practice as I help others with theirs.
DYM: What was the biggest hurdle you have had in your personal yoga practice?
Daizha: Balance. I have always been really flexible, but the standing and strengthening postures always got me. They still do. (Smiling)
DYM: What was the biggest hurdle you have had as a yoga teacher?
Daizha: Talking! I’m naturally an introvert and could be fine being in my own little world all day without talking to anyone.
DYM: What are some of the biggest changes you see in yourself since you started practicing?
Daizha: More confidence and self-acceptance. Part of the Buti Yoga philosophy teaches that it’s about progress, not perfection. It’s alright to love yourself where you are today while working towards your goals. I love seeing my own practice expand and be able to do things that I was not able to do before. (Smiling)
DYM: Do you have any favorite Mantras you use?
Daizha: I don’t have any Mantras, but I would love to learn and dive deeper into them.
DYM: Do you have other practices you add or incorporate with yoga to enhance your practice?
Daizha: At the end of class, we will do some breathing exercises with a Tibetan and crystal bowl meditation. My students love that about my classes. I like to end on a relaxing note.
DYM: If you had to use one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
Daizha: Free spirit. Technically that’s two words but I feel this is what describes me best. I feel our souls are forever transforming and evolving and we must embrace each stage we go through.
DYM: If you could be on the cover of Time Magazine, what would be the reason?
Daizha: I would say, in the Humanitarian efforts and non-profit organizations. Helping others, the community and the world. Giving back.
DYM: What advice would you give someone new to yoga?
Daizha: Take your time and find the form of yoga your soul is asking for. There are so many beautiful people, practices and studios out there that you need to find the one that fits you.
DYM: Let everyone know where you teach so everyone can find you.
Daizha: Le Spa Fit 4209 Colleyville Blvd, Ste B. Colleyville, TX 76034. www.lespafit.com (682)710-3063
DYM: What else would you like to share about yourself?
Daizha: I’m a big animal lover and hope to have a small farm and community garden someday but for now, I just spend my extra time paddleboarding with my husband and 2 fur babies.
DYM: Thank you so much for sharing with everyone. We highly recommend visiting Daizha at Le Spa Fit in Colleyville. The studio is amazing and so is she!
Photo: Daizha and her husband at Le Spa Fit.