By: Krystle Crossman
Tabay Atkins has found his passion and he is just barely 11 years old. Before his last birthday, he received four different certifications for yoga instruction. He is one of the youngest people ever to be a certified yoga instructor. He started the practice when he was just 6 years old. His mother, Sahel Anvarinejad, had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. She underwent treatment and was eventually cured. After her treatment was done she took up yoga to begin getting back into a healthy lifestyle and to help her recover from everything that she had been through. She became an instructor and opened up a children’s yoga center called Care4Yoga.
Tabay saw how much yoga helped his mother through her recovery from her illness and wanted to get involved as well. He started taking classes and found that he really loved it. He also loved how much it helped other people who were going through hard times as well. His first certification that he received was for 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga. He taught this consistently at his mother’s center. He has been teaching three or four yoga classes per week. Children and adults take his classes and enjoy them very much.
Tabay’s mother is extremely proud of him. He is not only one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in the country, but he also donates 100% of the money that people pay for his classes to charities that help children who have cancer. At the center, anyone who has cancer can take their classes for free. It is obviously a topic that is near and dear to Tabay and his mother’s hearts. They are both passionate about helping others when they are going through cancer or when they are just looking for a place to go to relax. Sahel says that people are inspired by Tabay every time they come in for one of his classes.
Tabay said that he loved yoga because he feels that it not only helps with physical ailments in life but helps with everything. He states that the world would be a better place if more people took yoga classes. He told HuffPost writer Zahara Hill that yoga is something that everyone can do and that it is a place where the is no judgment or hate. When people tell him that they are not flexible for yoga he tells them that is like saying they are too dirty for a bath.