You’re a big believer in the idea that yoga is an endless road of self-acceptance and self-discovery. What’s the story behind that?
Initially when I first started yoga, all I wanted to do was to be able to get into the full front splits. I was not flexible at all and was even kicked out of dance school so you can imagine how difficult it was for me. But I was very determined; I wanted it so much that I would have my friends sit on me while I practice my forward folds. It was very painful but I chose to ignore those sensations and pushed my body through it. Eventually, I tore my hamstrings. That was a huge lesson for me to accept myself for what I am capable of doing at the very present moment and that there is no room for competition.
Being mindful comes with practice. On the mat we practice being mindful of our breath and being mindful of what our bodies are telling us. This is translated off the mat as being mindful of what you say, and your thoughts.
Right now, being a studio owner is my yoga. And I am thankful for the practice I have which taught me how to be patient and to let go of control. To slow down and to response instead of react. Because I understand myself better, I can be more honest about what I can do and what I cannot do at this point. And I accept that what I cannot do now is temporary, as long as I have faith and I trust the process, it will all come.
What has been the most inspiring part about starting Yoga Lab for you?
The most inspiring part about starting Yoga Lab is being able to continually surprise myself at what I am capable of. I never imagined I would be able to do this alone. Now I handle everything from making the biggest business decision to cleaning the toilets. It requires me to continually step out and be comfortable outside of my comfort zone.
Magic happens outside our comfort zones. I have grown so much as a person ever since Yoga Lab. To be honest, people from my younger days do not believe the things I am capable of handling on my own now. I am inspired to become a better person as each day passes and see my full potential.