Serina has been a licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor since 2009!
In 2009, I was caring for my terminally ill father. I was sad, depressed, resentful and exhausted. I was a whopping 234 lbs and felt every bit of it. In an effort to find time for myself I went to the gym; while wandering through the machines in a daze I heard the music of my people…SALSA! I peeked into the room and saw people dancing and smiling while they were “working out”. I loved to dance, I was born dancing. It makes me happy. I found myself in the next class called, Zumba! In my first class I felt so liberated. I forgot I was overweight, unhappy, sad, depressed and exhausted. I danced with all my heart. I am amazed the people around me. I think they were impressed someone of my size could 1. dance like that 2. keep up with everyone else. I found happiness, gratitude and pleasure replace the other feelings that were weighing me down.
I knew I had to teach this class one day….after I lost all my weight…because that would give me the confidence I needed, losing weight. (We all know how that goes)
After a month of so of following this Zumba class a family member said to me, “this class makes you so happy, why don’t you teach this class now…the way you are RIGHT NOW. You could inspire so many other people just like you.” So I did! I drove to California and took the training. Yes, I was the largest person in the class that day, but I didn’t care. I could dance! I could move! I could teach. I have never looked back. I LOVE teaching Zumba. I love seeing faces light up with dance and movement. It is almost impossible to think about how lousy you feel when the music comes on and you allow your body to move like nobody is watching. There is nothing like it! Find a class