Zara Colazio is an inspirational figure to her students and fellow athletes. She teaches physical education and other classes at the Maharishi School, and is a wonderful role model for young girls and boys alike, in that she embodies an educated and engaged physicality in an age group that is not that far removed from her students. The message is clear: “you can do this, too.”

She is also a champion pickleball player, martial artist, and yoga instructor.

Athlete Comment:

One of the things that my dad has told me time and time again, is that ‘working out is a lifetime commitment.’ I grew up trying a different sport each year, not really sticking with anyone specifically: swimming, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis to name a few.

In 6th grade I tried track and field and my coach put me as a long distance runner; I hated it so much that when we did our initial 1-mile timed run, I pretended that my ankle was sprained so that I could walk the majority of it. I’m not sure when my attitude shifted or what exactly made me stick with track and persevere through the discomfort of running, but by the end of the season I ran a 7:26 min mile.

Since then, exercise and health have become the biggest part of my life. In high school I ran several Spartan Races and began learning Krav Maga, competed in a powerlifting competition, and became a certified yoga teacher at the age of 16.

I went to a private university in Iowa to study health and physiology and I continued with weightlifting, yoga, dance, running, pickle ball, and jiu jitsu.

I exercise for the joy experiencing everything that my body is capable of accomplishing through movement and it is something that I will do for the rest of my life.