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If you're looking for Morgan Anderson-Reed, you can probably find her on the beach transitioning from a dolphin pose to a cobra. As Exhale Spa's Mind Body Manager, this talented trainer lives and breath the yogi lifestyle, having shifted her career gears from corporate life to all things "Namaste."
"From corporate life to fitness life, I never stop following my passions" – Morgan Anderson-Reed
"I kind of had this black hole vision of what my life could be, and I wanted to change that," she says. "My stress relief was yoga. I was doing it pretty much every day, six times a week in Chicago. I realized that yoga and health and wellness were definitely things I wanted to do full-time."
So she shelved her experience as a media planner and buyer and went back to school for massage therapy. She dived full-time into a career center on body wellness, and after working for Exhale in Chicago, Morgan transferred to the brand's South Beach location to manage the program at the Loews, from scheduling classes to hiring and training teachers. Of course, this 32-year-old stunner still teaches about seven classes a week, jumping between power yoga, Core Fusion barre, Core Fusion yoga, and meditation classes, so you can get your Savasana in with Erykah Badu playing in the background.
"I think a lot of times people start working in corporate America, in whatever field they studied in college. Then they go down a path and if they don't like it, they feel very stuck," she says. "Yoga, for me, was a way out of it. To realize that I don't have to be stuck, I don't have to do a typical 9 to 5 job. It just helps me find my passion and my purpose."
She loves the beach and goes several times a week– whether its to practice her trade or to explore the Magic City on a paddle board or kayak. Morgan's also a huge sneaker head, with a notable collection of Jordans and Airmax 95s stacked alongside her yoga mats. Although she really does practice the lifestyle she preaches, she has one little weakness: sweets. Chocolates, cakes, brownies, cookies, ice cream– you name it and this girl's on it. But once the crumbs are gone she's right back to helping others find their zen.
"I think a lot of people are discouraged because everything here is fast-paced," she says. "You're at work, you're taking care of your family, you're driving around. I think people think you have to do an hour-long workout in order to gain the benefits. In reality, even just taking two minutes in your day to get up and stretch– that small thing can enhance your whole day, your whole outlook, how centered you are, how productive you are."