My name is Zaidee Long, however many know me as Zaidee Shae, a brand that I nurtured in authenticity for many years. I am the youngest of the family with only one older brother. My father is an army pilot and my mother is a teacher, we lived a modest yet adventurous life. My life growing up was a whirlwind of countries, culture and warm impermanence. Change was my normal and it taught me the importance of grit and perseverance. It was due to this life of perpetual drifting that I learned at an early age to leave things, people and places that I loved dearly, behind. I wasn’t aware of it at the time but what I was really being taught was non-attachment.
I share a common tie, for like most I had a challenging youth. My parents filed for divorce when I was eight. This was a dispute that lasted many years with little to no resolution. During this time in my life, I felt alone, a lot. I honored this time to sort out all that transpired and I started my path to healing. Yoga is where I made my retreat. I began a yoga internship at a local studio and bit by bit I peeled back the layers. I began to shed the fear, the shame, the bitterness and in its placed I poured in faith, confidence, and love. It was no overnight magic. There were many times I wanted to quit. Yoga was teaching my heart lessons that for many years previously were too painful to acknowledge. I knew that if I didn’t continue to heal myself wholly and completely that its ruin would impose its will upon others, same as my abusers before. I continued on and never looked back.
Yoga became the light that guided me home, to myself. I was so impacted, inspired and in awe of the transformations, that this practice had cultivated in my life that I knew this was purposeful work I could dedicate my soul to. I wanted to nurture others down their paths, same as my teachers before me. I wanted to help heal others. I wanted to make my little corner of the world a little less dark.
So I began to teach and I never looked back.