Founder & E-RYT 500 Stoked Yogi
B.A. Literature & Creative Writing
M.A. East West Psychology (IP)
Coach | Speaker | Mystic
- Glennon Doyle
I grew up chubby and smart, insecure, but mostly happy. At 14, my dad left, and my teen years became a perfect storm of grief, rage, disordered eating, substance abuse, and one toxic AF, abusive relationship. When violence finally spurred me to flee, I drove across the country: thirty pounds underweight, addicted to prescription pills, and sought to gain my power back by dating older men for money.
With a sugar baby lifestyle and poor taste in men, I managed to get involved with not one, but two con artists and criminals. By 23, I was $100,000 in debt, estranged from my family, seriously abusing substances, dealing with daily psychological manipulation and deeply alone. I hated myself.
So I tried the only option left: I started to pray.
My dark night of the soul gave way to a spiritual awakening. It eventually dawned, I was the only one with the keys to liberate myself. I surrendered my life again to the Divine and prayed to become the woman I was called to be. Spirit gave me a clear message: Show up. Tell the truth. Go home.
Showing up and telling the truth was a catalyst for miracles.
In 2009, I took off a few masks and put on my soul, ditched champagne and cocaine for surfing and yoga, took up painting and started to write. I sold my Lexus to pay for yoga teacher training, a years worth of bills, and a Toyota station wagon that died on the side of the freeway. I met an earth angel who would later become my husband, Brent. Six months after coming home, I sat by my fathers bedside as he took his last breath and left this world. Losing him was a reminder that we are all going to the grave - so how did I want to live?
The answer came in a near-paralyzing surf accident. Summer 2012, at age 27, I broke my back surfing and spent two months in bed thinking about what *really* mattered.
I realized life is too short to do anything but what we love, and once healed, gathered my courage and launched Stoked Yogi, teaching yoga on stand up paddle boards in San Diego. I faced the fears that no one would want to work with me, and committed to showing up for what I loved every day: yoga and the water.
Doing what I loved worked. Stoked Yogi grew into multi-six figure business. I certified over 1000 yoga teachers in stand up paddle board yoga and coached hundreds of women to personal and professional transformation.
At 33, I graduated university after 17 years, with a degree in literature and creative writing. My writing has been published in Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, and the Inertia. On the TEDx stage, I was invited to speak on mindset shift, and used my story to share how: "There Are No Big Decisions And You'll Never Be Ready."
That's a tidy place to wrap things up... but the spiral path always calls us deeper into truth and awakening. The Divine wasn't done with me yet.