Teresa Porter

passionate   ▪   strong   ▪   fun-loving   ▪   warm   ▪   genuine   ▪   unique  

Teresa Porter

passionate   ▪   strong   ▪   fun-loving   ▪   warm   ▪   genuine   ▪   unique
Teresa lives and breathes yoga. It is in the songs that she hears on the soundtracks of movies and in nature she surrounds herself with.  It is the backdrop of her life.

About Teresa

Teresa was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. She is a dedicated wife, mother of three, and a business owner who is turning her dreams into reality. The basis of her healthy lifestyle began with her mother setting a good example through exercise and nutritious eating. From her own experience regarding different health issues, Teresa gained a true education on how massage, yoga, and Pilates make a dramatic impact on how one feels not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Her passion is helping her clients and students to achieve a higher quality of life.

The Story Behind Sirrine Yoga

It was the summer of 2007.  The saying “When it rains it pours” is an understatement when describing this period of my life.  It was the most challenging time in my marriage for several reasons.  I discovered I was pregnant with our third child (a complete surprise) at the same time my husband was laid off from his lucrative corporate position (our main source of income).  These challenges, we soon learned, were in fact a blessing in disguise. While a well-paying career presents stability, it comes with long hours and heightened stress.  My husband took this career shift as an opportunity to pursue a job he was passionate about.  Unfortunately, this shift also came with a significant pay cut.  We decided I would work more to make up the difference. As my husband took a leap of faith toward a new career, I too decided to further invest in something I was passionate about.  I decided this was the right time to create an LLC as Sirrine Studio.  To learn more about Sirrine Studio, go to www.sirrinestudio.com.  This enabled me to combine my two passions in life, massage and yoga, to build a wellness studio.  This was always a dream of mine, but pursuing your dreams is no easy task.

 

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In the process of growing my business, we lost nearly everything, including our house and car.  We filed for bankruptcy, relied on food stamps and government health care, and humbled ourselves to accept help from others.  Once we had these material things stripped away from us, I learned that it wasn’t these things (what kind of car we drove, how big our house was, or what type of clothes I wore) that defined me. I had to dig down deep inside and find the strength to get through that difficult time.  I had to discover what qualities I have within me that enable me to persevere and adapt to change.  You really don’t know what you are made of until you are put to the test in many areas of your life. There were times when my husband’s attitude was far better than my own.  I remember him saying “Who cares if we lose our house. I don’t care if we have to live in a cardboard box. As long as we have each other and stay together as a family that is all that matters”. He was definitely my ROCK through those struggles and continues to be my support to allow me to make dreams become a reality. I often could not hold back the tears of gratitude for those who stepped up and helped us. We realized that this was merely a phase and something bigger and better was around the bend. At times it seemed like that was so far away and I had to keep relearning what the word patience meant. I continually worked at finding the little things in our lives to have gratitude for and stayed positive that we could get out of this extremely low valley we found ourselves in.

“I have always been persistent since I was little and it drove my parents crazy at times…but it has definitely been a great quality to have when running a business and having to figure out how to start and grow it while raising my kids.”

Teresa Porter

When our daughter arrived that fall, we received an amazing gift. She came into our lives when we needed her the most.  When seeking a middle name for our newest arrival, we gravitated toward “Sirrine” … it was peaceful in nature and was precisely what we needed in our lives at that time. Her spirit truly lives up to this name.  She is sweet, happy and loving.  I could not imagine our family without the serenity and joy that she continually brings to us.  It is because I always want to be reminded of the “sunshine” that came out of the rain that I chose to also use her middle name as the name of my business. It is amazing to see where we are today and how truly blessed we are. I would not be able to see and appreciate this unless I had experienced what I have these past 6 years. My business is such an asset to our family. I had to be patient in the process of building it. I am fortunate to have the assistance from others who saw my vision and were willing to trade services when times were tight to help build my business. We can now pay for all of our bills, groceries, dance classes, piano, and gymnastics on our own. Now, it is the year 2014. I decided it is time to make another dream of mine come true…to create online yoga classes. For years I have heard students that move away state “I cannot find another yoga instructor like you, especially one that explains alignment like you.” I want the opportunity to be their instructor wherever they may be. In addition to this, I want to capture my love of the outdoors and real, everyday people in my videos (my students) to show how yoga is truly for every BODY. You simply need to know where to start and what it is you want to get out of yoga. Looking back at the series of events that happened in our lives, I whole-heartedly believe that everything happens for a reason. You may not see the reasons “why” when you are in that dark, deep tunnel with no glimpse of light. But there will come a time when you are able to realize that all of your struggles led to the place where you are now standing. I am forever grateful that my dreams are becoming a reality. It is my hope that I can continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

Where it all began…

Teresa’s passion for yoga began in 1999, when she decided to take a couple of classes to attempt to alleviate the tension she experienced from her job as massage therapist. Not only did she love the instructor, but she remembers leaving the class feeling relaxed, lighter, and less tense.

After the birth of her first daughter, she had severe back problems. MRI’s and doctors could not give a diagnosis. Seeking answers, she decided to create her own healing path with regular yoga, Pilates, walking, and acupuncture. She was amazed by the relief she felt in her back by combining these activities. When she ceased to do them, the pain would quickly return.
She desired to learn the theory behind these forms of exercise how they could provide better overall health and well-being. This led her to enroll at Scottsdale Community College in the 200 teacher training program. She never dreamed that this would be the beginning of her yoga journey and how life-changing it would be on so many levels.

Certifications

National Massage Certification 2005 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Scottsdale Community College 2004 Pilates Instructor Corefit certification in 2004 Registered with the Yoga Alliance since 2004

Licensure

Licensed and practicing massage therapist since 1999

Specializations

Therapeutic/Deep Tissue, Prenatal, LaStone, Ashiatsu (formally trained by Ruthie Hardee, founder of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy) Ashi-Thai, Infant massage classes for parents

Totally Teresa

  • Loves the outdoors & photography
  • Enjoys walking, hiking, lifting weights
  • Likes to travel, meet new people, try different foods, and dancing with husband and girlfriends
  • Grew up having green drinks before they were the “IN” thing to have & still likes them
  • Took piano lessons from a Russian Concert pianist in high school
  • Loves chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies
  • One of her favorite snacks is Greek yogurt with granola & fruit
  • Changes hairstyles and colors often for the fun of it
  • Married her soul mate, Jason on her 20th birthday
  • Celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary in July, 2013 when she launched her First Annual Rustic Retreat
  • Values time spent with her husband and three beautiful, healthy daughters
  • Attended four of her yoga students’ weddings. One couple met on one of her mini yoga retreats, and are now married and have a baby!
  • Her yoga students have gotten her to try many new, fun activities over the years

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