Meet Jaysea Devoe, she’s a 12-year-old yoga teacher from Encinitas (where else?) and she’s believed to be the youngest official yoga teacher in the US completing her 200-hour training and starting her career on the California coast. Our idols just keep getting younger and younger. Don’t they have age limits on these things? Yoga Alliance? Bueller? Yoga teacher training, so easy even a 12-year-old could do it! Is what they should seriously consider to be their slogan.
We’re kidding (sort of). Jaysea is an inspiring young lady teaching the yoga to wee little preschoolers, which is super, how do you say…bodacious. She also teaches teens and tweens in the local area (not all of them, we assume). We love to see that kids are interested in taking on the practice — it’s been known to be a super valuable tool, after all. It probably helps that it’s one of their own kind teaching it. And this isn’t just some passing phase, Jaysea says she’s in it for the long haul.
“I feel like I want to do this for a long time because I love teaching so much,” says Devoe, the picture of a California beach girl, with long blond hair and long legs to match.
In the most atypical American household, yet perhaps the most TV show stereotypical Encinitas Cali household, Jaysea and her family live right on the beach and go surfing daily. Her parents decided that she and her brothers should go to school only three days a week so they can have time to form their career path (and surf, duh), which has us wondering why our parents weren’t so cool. Papa Devoe, who “manages bands and surfers,” like one might expect, wants to give his children the opportunities other local superstars like Tony Hawk and Shaun White have, so he let them choose their own
child labor vocation.
Her dad was pretty impressed by his daughter’s drive to complete the 200 hours of training but he wasn’t surprised she wanted to do it.
“Jaysea is just really Zen-y,” he says. “She’s got this spiritual side to her. She’s always been intrigued by the moon and nature.”
Well. We’re proud of Jaysea, too, and it sounds like she is just thrilled to be immersed in yoga and sharing her love for it with others. She practices on her own every morning for an hour: “I turn music on and I like flowing with the music, it is called sun salutation … that is probably one of my favorite parts,” Jaysea says.
She currently “works” at a donation-based adult-student studio and is already making bank, having received $136 in donations after her first class. So, yoga teachers, if you were wondering what the key is to a successful yoga teaching business, here’s your answer. It’s being a 12-year-old.
In all seriousness, we wish the very best of luck to Jaysea on her continued path of teaching yoga and making people smile.
photo via REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE