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Today we’d like to introduce you to Qiana Howard.

Hi Qiana, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Qiana, but I go by Qi for short. My favorite mantra is “Self Love is Qi.”

I started this mantra during a dark part of my early adulthood. I didn’t know how to love myself the way I deserved to be full. So I accepted the bare minimum from everyone in my life, including myself. Once I started learning how to love myself, I thought, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s felt this way.

I know I’m not the only one who wasn’t taught how to love themselves properly. I decided to change that I want to show the world that you can save yourself with self-love even on your darkest day.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not! There have been ups and downs. I’m actually still struggling with a couple of things to this day. My biggest downfall is communicating. So I’m currently looking for a therapist because I honestly don’t know what else to do; the things I’ve tried have helped, but it was more a Band-Aid or quick fix.

If I don’t take care of It, I can potentially sabotage myself and my happiness. Me stepping out of my comfort zone to find a therapist will be a big step toward showing myself the self-love I deserve.

The coping mechanism I got over the years just through life traumas is not the healthiest, and to unlearn them, I have accepted that they no longer serve me a purpose. And if I continue to do the same thing, I will not get better but get worse.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I teach Yoga. I first got into yoga for myself. For years before I started, I always had the urge to do it but never did. I would even say I can’t wait to do all the cool yoga poses I see being done. In December 2019, I got fired from Amazon Warehouse two shy of being there’s a year and giving them all my time.

During my unemployment, I noticed a friend I went to middle school with started practicing, so I reached out to her, and by January, I was practicing every day. By May 2020, I decided to become a certified Yoga Instructor. I figured this is a sure-fire way to show yourself self-love because when I’m practicing, I can literally feel my body saying thank you with each new pose I learn Or every time I take a deep breath. Yoga just made me feel like I can do any and everything I had to share this feeling with the world.

I love when I help new or old yogi by showing them simple ways just better take care of their body or after a class, a client comes to me and thanks me for my soothing voice or helping them relax a little more. I feel like me being me sets me apart from everyone else. And nothing against other yoga teachers. I absolutely love being the student just as much as being the teacher.

But I try my hardest when teaching a class to show as much love and patience which each client and to meet as many of their needs as possible.

What matters most to you? Why?
My happiness and self-worth is what matters to me. I have to make sure I’m good to make sure my loved ones are good. I’m married; we have been together for four years and celebrated our first anniversary on June 19. We work as a team because we depend on each other and are building our future together. So basically, I have a lot to lose.

If I fall short in any way now, that extra falls on my partner and vice versa. You have to put yourself; first there is nothing wrong with that, and that’s the biggest thing I preach about because if you don’t, everything else falls short. It’s even worse when you’re doing things by yourself.

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2 Comments

  1. Kathy Livermore

    August 28, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    What a beautiful and inspiring story! So many valuable lessons to ponder over. So grateful for the chance to read Qi’s wisdom and perspective!

  2. Regina Miller

    October 28, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Absolutely beautiful story.
    Such an Inspiration to many. Even myself now need yoga to continue my peace journey

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