Twelve-year-old Jaysea DeVoe knows a thing or two about focus. She teaches yoga professionally to teenagers and preschoolers, both known for their tendencies to tend to fidget and rebel. However, DeVoe wields the unique ability to calm them and instill a sense of concentration.
After completing 200 hours of teacher training, DeVoe recently became certified as a yoga instructor. She is believed to be the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the U.S.
Devoe teaches in her California beach town of Encinitas, where her entrepreneurial gumption is not alone. Skateboarder-turned-businessman Tony Hawk and Olympic gold snow boarder Shaun White are both based in Encinitas. On top of teaching yoga poses to 4-year-olds and teens, DeVoe is about to start a family yoga class.
"I feel like I want to do this for a long time because I love teaching so much," DeVoe, who looks like a classic California beach girl with long blond hair, told Reuters.
DeVoe's parents, Rick and Julie, have encouraged her passion for a long time. In fact, they granted an usual amount of freedom rarely taken advantage of by kids her age. They found an institution to accommodate DeVoe's plans, allowing her to go school three days a week and have the other four to practice yoga, teach yoga poses and explore the types of yoga for beginners.
"She was just adamant about doing all the homework and never wanting to miss a class," Rick said of the yoga training class. "We were just really thrilled and very honored that they allowed her to do it and that she pulled it off."
DeVoe now works at a donation-based yoga studio, and after her first class, she found $136 in the donation box. She has been trained to teach adults, saying she's ready for moms and dads in her new family class. She's also ready to tackle the challenge of working with people who have injuries. Dahn Yoga, a form of yoga with a Korean twist, is another helpful method to help overcome injuries. The style incorporates gentle movements that develops better range of motion and flexibility.
"We have learned so many variations of all the poses to do if people do have injuries or to prevent injuries," she said with a confident tone to Reuters.
There's little doubt that DeVoe has the sort of drive that's inspirational to people four and five times her age. Working initially with pint-sized students, DeVoe is an ideal teacher for yoga for beginners. But her aspirations don't stop there. She just told her dad she wanted to look into making eco-friendly mats. Those in California will have the chance for America's youngest yoga instructor to show them the ropes.