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Jyoti Shines A Light: Donavin Brewer

We’ve been shining a light on a lot of special individuals recently, giving you a chance to get to know all of the people who are coming on board here at Jyoti to introduce you to new, more holistic ways to ignite your inner light. Are you feeling like you’re at a party, meeting seemingly endlessly wonderful folks who you just want to spend more time with? Good! That’s what we’re hoping for. (Don’t worry — we aren’t planning to quiz you on their names later.)

The next person we’d like to introduce you to is Donavin Brewer, a yoga instructor, reiki healer, and chakra specialist who currently teaches our 5:30 a.m. class on Thursday mornings. He also leads our Sunday 8 a.m. class. When you learn a little more about him (below!), we’re pretty sure you’ll be excited to start your days with him. Register here!


What made you fall in love with taking care of your body?

The idea of taking care of the mind, body, and soul just makes sense! When I was younger, I suffered from anxiety. Through yoga and meditation, I was able to cope with it and transform my weakness into one of my greatest strengths. You only have one body for this life we are living. Treat it well, choose happiness, and take time for yourself.

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What does self-care mean to you?

To me, self-care is a promise you make to yourself to ensure longevity, to make sure that you’re here on Earth for a while. Most importantly for your duration here, you are happy and able to enjoy it. Personally, I like to meditate, to focus inward. I believe it is important to sit with yourself and allow the universe to speak to you.

What inspires you most?

I’m inspired most by my family and the opportunity to be fulfilled and happy. When I first started yoga and meditation, I had intense anxiety. In fact, I had a full-blown panic disorder. Fortunately, I found yoga and was able to turn that around almost immediately. Refusing to take any medication for it, I treated myself with daily meditation and frequent yoga classes. This experience is what inspired me to become a teacher. Knowing that yoga had the power to change my life so drastically, I knew that I would love the opportunity to assist others with their own life changes.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

To sit and be cool. My grandmother would tell me that when I was younger and I didn’t quite understand, but it has so much more meaning for me now than ever. Sometimes, you have to be silent and practice patience — and things will happen for you. It’s only natural for us to want to have things happen immediately and for us to want to go against the grain and force things to work. But some things aren’t meant to work! When practicing yoga, it’s important to realize this. Maybe you won’t be able to get into crow pose today, but if you are patient with yourself, the time will come. Just be cool!

How do you ignite your inner light?

I spend time meditating or reading a motivational book. Often, I will spend some time with friends or family who know me well. This reminds me of my strength and of who I really am. I enjoy spreading information about our energy system (chakras) and crystals. I am forever a student, always looking to learn more. Once I learn something, I always want to share it with the world.

Say hi to Donavin on Facebook or Instagram!