In November I had the honor and the privilege to teach two yoga classes in Santiago, Chile as part of Feria Mujer’s beauty and wellness conference. The venue was amazing and although the students were being introduced to this style of yoga for the first time, they were very receptive to it. I could tell that they resonated with the ancient yoga teachings although I presented it in an accessible way and they all seemed to love the flow of Vinyasa as well! I fell in love with Chile in 5 days!
I also had the opportunity to sit down with the magazine for a one on one interview. Here are some highlights!
Q: Why should a person who has never practiced yoga, start now?
A: Because it changes you in a positive way, it heals your body and mind in a way that everyone needs.
Q: What benefits have you seen in yourself because of yoga?
A: My life has changed completely, I feel like a different person. There are parts of me that I didn’t know existed, which have now been illuminated. I am in control of my life in a positive and effective way. For example, when I was a little girl I didn’t know how to handle my emotions so I would lash out, but now I have better control over my emotions. Physically, yoga has helped me immensely. I’m 35 but people think that I’m 20! I feel stronger inside and out than when I was 15 years old. I’m more flexible, I have more energy and I eat and sleep better, too. For me, yoga is the fountain of youth.
Q: Is it true that yoga slows the aging process?
A: It definitely delays the aging process physically. Everything works better: the nervous system, the respiratory system, circulation…they are all in their optimal shape to function. It also helps to mentally alter your state to a younger mindset. You feel happier and have more energy, like a kid.
I always value the chance to expand my reach internationally and spread peace and well-being through the teaching of yoga. If I touch or inspire just one person’s life, I feel fulfilled that I did my duty and validates everything I do. For me, it’s not about quantity but quality.