Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyra Prosser.
Hi Tyra, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I landed my dream job in 2019 going to work with the UN. I was coming back from working with the Refuges Crisis in Greece and knew this was what I was put on this earth to do, heal. In Greece, I developed H.E.A.L, using universal languages of Improv and Movement to give those displaced in mind and body a place to call home themselves. Previously, I was an international yoga studio consultant, teacher and mindful coach working in places such as Australia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Israel. After setting up these mindful communities worldwide, working from profession Australian Footballers to celebrities. I still wasn’t fulfilled.
I love empowering all my students to move and groove but was missing my calling, those who don’t have the access to well-being. As I finished my time up abroad, I came back to the US and covid hit. I had signed up for the European Solidary Corps when I was asked to be the Irish Representative for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs) or Global Goals (my adopted mum is Irish). I was in disbelieve and ecstatic to see my hard work paid off. As I started packing for my departure, I started looking closer at all 17 SDGs and found my passion in fashion. Living in Sri Lanka, I saw the good, the bad and the ugly of fast fashion. I started looking at goal number 12, responsible production and consumption while looking at a hair accessory. I asked myself,” How can I make this more sustainable?” I started playing around with different prototypes, showed some friends and thus United Letti was born.
As I started showing more of my friends and family prototypes while introducing my why, the Global Goals, I got so many blanks stares and knew I needed to stay in KC and give back to the community that made me. As we had into our R&D for our accessories, we are working to build an online platform to empower young girls to innovate through all Global Goals. Along with the US Ambassador of the SGDs, AY Young. I am working on bringing my gift to the table, with the batter tour with global goal #3, good health and well-being, teaching k-12 graders the power of movement and innovation.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I was never planning to move back to KC and every time I leave, I am always pulled back. My mum was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and I knew I had the opportunity to get to know my mum as an adult. I left KC as soon as I was 18 to pursue comedy in Chicago (aka using school as an excuse to get up there) Getting to know my mum as an adult was my biggest gift of coming back to KC.
It has not been an easy road, the money that was set aside for my Master program in humanitarian crisis and development, I used to start up the company. I am a dreamer and dreamer’s timelines don’t always match up with reality. Take the timeline you set, now double it before you are ready for the market. Becoming an entrepreneur has taught me more about myself and my habits. I always give without questions but have a hard time receiving help myself, in order to build something beautiful you must have your tribe.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
After receiving my undergrad in History and Gender studies (aka unemployed) at Columbia College Chicago. I knew I needed another trade and travel was always a part of my plan after college. I signed up for my 200 hour yoga teacher training my last semester of college and bought a one way ticket to Australia the same day. After my training, I came back to KC for a visit before my adventure when I was asked to become the assistant manager at CorePower Yoga. I accepted the job and stayed in KC for two years before going to Cambodia to received my Master Yoga teacher and therapist license. Then the world traveling began, trusting that each time I fell I would get back up. I ended up teaching at high-end hotels worldwide, working as a mindful coach for the Australian football league and finding my passion, healing those who don’t get the luxury of well-being.
I grew up doing musical theatre, comedy and dance. The power of movement always excited me and getting to empower my students on and off their mat made my life meaningful. I hung up my comedy hat and started down the road of healing for myself through yoga therapy and pilates. As my movement certifications started growing so did my creativity. As United Letti was born to empowering young girls passion for fashion, I met with other entrepreneurs inviting the idea of being a serial inventor. My eyes and heart sparked knowing all my crazy ideas could become a reality from hair accessories to car seats all with the help of keeping my mind and body active.
I am most proud of my students and their journey into self-discovery and healing. What sets me apart from other teachers is the experience from scent to music. I am here to empower and heal my students, KC and the nation.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
You are stronger than you give yourself credit.
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