This yoga instructor teaches virtual classes in Spanish to reach new communities
Meet Mariana FernÃ¡ndez, a New York-based Peloton instructor who teaches yoga in Spanish to attract more Spanish-speaking students to her virtual classroom.
After completing her graduate studies in New York, FernÃ¡ndez moved to Mexico City where she began teaching yoga in Spanish. When she returned to New York, she wondered if she could teach her Peloton yoga classes in Spanish and English. According to the statistics of Zippia.com, of the more than 21,000 yoga instructors in the United States, 77% of them are white.
âI wanted to find ways to bring yoga to the Latinx community,â FernÃ¡ndez said. Good + Good. âWhen I interviewed at Peloton, they asked me if I was teaching in other languages, and when I said I was teaching in Spanish, it opened up this whole new world. I asked myself, ‘Why don’t we do both? Why don’t I bring lessons in my native language to this huge Latinx community that we have among our members? It was the opportunity of a lifetime. “
In addition to teaching yoga in Spanish, FernÃ¡ndez also gives his students a full experience playing Spanish music that reminds him of Mexico, including mariachi songs. She wants students to feel welcome and provide âvisibility and accessâ to a community that has not been supported in the fitness industry.
âOne important thing for me is figuring out how to make yoga, as a practice, more accessible, and get people to open up a little more to it and explore how they move and what parts they like,â says FernÃ¡ndez. . “I try to keep the elements, the philosophies and the practices of yoga – the meditation, the breath, the movement, the awesomeness – as well as giving it my own style and effect.”