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Here's how this 11-year-old became the youngest yoga instructor in the country


Here's how this 11-year-old became the youngest yoga instructor in the country

WATCH | Tabay Atkins has been practicing yoga since he was just six years old. At the age of ten, he asked to get his certification to become a yoga instructor. Now at 11, he teaches three classes a week at Care4Yoga studio in San Clemente, California. 

The source of inspiration for the young yogi is his mother, Sahel Anvarinejad, who runs the yoga studio beloved by local adults and teens alike. She started her own journey with yoga while she was battling cancer, and now, cancer-free, she opened the yoga studio to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

"[Tabay] saw how much yoga helped me before I actually opened up the studio," said Anvarinejad, who has more than 14 certificates that specialize in kids' yoga, yoga for kids with autism and cancer therapy. 


"During my yoga classes, my mom is usually helping adjust people or participating in the class, so we always practice yoga together," said Tabay, who added he was eager to go through 200 hours of intense training to become a yoga instructor.

All of Atkins' classes are donation-based and all the proceeds go directly to charities that benefit kids who have cancer. So far, he has donated a few thousand dollars to Saving Sophie Foundation, a nonprofit that provides resources to caregivers of cancer patients.  

"Because our passion is kids, and my mom had cancer, so we combined it together, and we donate it all to kids who have cancer," Tabay said.


"Now that I'm a yoga instructor, I have the same job as my mom, so I understand what she does all day."


Tabay is also very close to his father, Larry Atkins, a former NFL player who attends his son's classes every week. "Doing yoga with Tabay has helped me recover through the three knee surgeries I've had," Atkins said.

Also a big fan of Tabay? Fashion designer Christian Louboutin. 

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