This past fall I began practicing yoga largely inspired by instagram. I used to think “yoga” was just incense, incessant chanting, and gentle moving. Where was the challenge or joy in that? While these are sometimes involved in a yoga practice, that is not what yoga is about. And while these things can bring peace and contentment for some, I have found it’s more than this. It’s about spreading compassion. I know it sounds cheesy and maybe you’re already uninterested, but just give me a moment more.
Yoga is hard. It takes balance and strength and patience. It takes flexibility. All of these things feed energy directly to your daily life. In yoga, you move with your breathing. If we keep breathing in our every days, we keep moving. Some days need more deep breaths than others, yoga can help you find that balance. The soul of yoga is turning fear to love, hate to compassion, and being filled with kindness. We learn to judge less and love more – others and ourselves. To sit still and live in the moment. This very moment is a gift we’ve been given. I love this mindset. I hope everyone is inspired to practice yoga. I hope you all know how much I love you.
So while yoga looks all physical…the real stuff is happening inside.
For this Dynamo, she is centered, beautiful in every description of the word, strong, and full of compassion for others. She is a yogi. I’m excited to introduce Morgan to you! I’ve been following Morgan’s journey on instagram for a while now and reached out to her for this interview (she’s from Kentucky!). She works hard, she loves hard, and she’ll remind you to drop the comparisons and live in the NOW.
Morgan is joining the community of Dynamos. Each of these people are on a different journey and that’s the beauty of it. We are all different. We are each moving at different speeds, distances, and with different equipment, but we’re all headed the same direction. These interviews are meant to capture the journey, where ever that is right now, and inspire each of us to continue in our own unique journeys. You are Dynamo. Meet Morgan…
What do you love about yourself?
Wow, that’s always a hard one isn’t it? This past year has taught me more about self love than any other time in my life. And I say that not in a cocky or narcissistic manner, but in a deep respect for what my body can achieve, and also traits that I feel I can use to serve others with. That being said, I love my personal drive for my goals in life, and that I know how to self motivate. I love my smile, and the joy it can bring to others. I love my strong sense of loyalty for my family and friends.
I’m impressed with your dedication to do what you love, including being a barista. How did being fit help drive that decision?
How has fitness helped keep you balanced in job changes, marriage and other life experiences?
How has having healthy living family members supported you?
My family is everything to me. My parents and siblings are my best friends. My mom and dad homeschooled me through high school and put me through college. I graduated with a medical degree. They didn’t hesitate for a second to support me when I quit my “big girl job” and started my journey as a barista and yogi. My siblings, well, they are amazing. I am the oldest of 7 and each of my brothers and sisters motivate me in a different way. My one sister is a serious power lifter, she’s the strongest person physically and mentally that I know. One of my brothers is a sponsored cyclocross rider and is living his dream, traveling the world to race his bike and getting paid to do it. We all love and support each other dreams and endeavors. And the biggest supporter throughout my journey is my amazing husband. He has put up with so many tears, frustrations and late nights with me trying to figure out who I am and where I wanted to go in life. I’m so blessed and eternally grateful to walk through life together.
You’ve only been doing yoga for about a year, what inspired you to put your journey on IG?
Why did you start? Did someone inspire you?
How has yoga made you a better person?
Do you have a yoga goal right now?
My biggest goal at the moment is to get certified as a RYT (registered yoga teacher) this fall. A smaller goal is to be able to press into a handstand by the end of 2015.
I saw via IG that you are also a rock climber. How does this compliment your yoga practice?
I owe it to years of swimming and rock climbing for my upper body strength. I think I caught on to inversions and arm balances quicker than normal because the foundation was already built. Climbing also requires a crazy amount of endurance and facing your fears. So to me, toppling over from inversions just didn’t seem like a big deal.