Why Yoga?

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I didn’t know I was carrying anxiety and fear and general tenseness. I didn’t know how unsettled I was. I didn’t know how much I needed some peace of mind. Had something scary, life changing, or awful happen? No. It was just the little voices in my head telling me things. We all have the. But I didn’t know that I needed a way to calm them. Thankfully, I got a new perspective. We all carry different worries and anxiety around, and we all need a way to face them. I found yoga.

I had several people mention yoga in the past year and finally in Fall 2014 I decided to see what they were talking about. I’d never done yoga before. I used a month long unlimited pass to a local yoga studio YogaOMazing, began following some yoga people on instagram, and started practicing at home.

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Yoga makes you feel good. It’s that simple…. 

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Dynamo: Nikhil

Dynamo Nikhil

Back Story:

Nikhil loves to coach people to a healthier lifestyle as a hobby, he’s a tech engineer, and loves meditation like a drug. He is the 2nd pop up interview here and was awesome to answer a couple questions for me as we were at a mutual friend’s birthday party. These are unplanned, while I’m out, and walk-up-to-a-random-stranger interviews. I have some questions ready to ask people and am constantly on the look-out. It has become an awesome way to talk to people I might never have talked to before.

I was so impressed by Nikhil’s dedication. He really believes in everyone’s ability to be strong mentally and physically if they are willing to put in the effort. Listening to the way he researched healthy living before diving in made me want to sign up to be one of his students. Thank you for taking the time for me, Nikhil. I think it’s so inspiring that you’ve been able to help others on their journey too. Serious props.

Nikhil is Dynamo #18. Dynamo is the name I give people as I interview them. Nikhil is Dynamo because he’s dedicated, driven, knows what balance he needs, and is helping people along the way. His story inspires others and I’m grateful I get to share it here on Carrot Bowl. When we share our stories they empower us and others, they break down walls, they build up communities, and they bring more kindness to our hearts. I really really believe that. I’m grateful for the chance I have to daily be influenced by amazing people. You.

I heard you’ve coached several people to healthier lifestyles?

They have seen me doing this and they always see me eating healthy meals and working out and counting my calories. So the thing that I know, and I think I know a little bit, more than an average guy.

The biggest challenge for me is I’m from India. Fitness and eating and living healthy is probably at the bottom of their priority list. Most of these people are from India. There was just one guy that was caucasian. So most of these other guys are Indian and it’s difficult because they have so many restrictions. I learned a lot, a lot.

This all started about 4 years ago. My wife is an excellent cook. That’s a lot of calories! And if you work and Intel and you’re in grad school, you get busy doing your research, you don’t get time to workout or exercise. I had put on a lot of weight and I didn’t realize it. I was 185 lbs with very little muscle, all fat. I told myself that I need to change this. … 

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Dynamo: Sara

Dynamo: Sara

Back Story:

Sara is a children’s book author, she squeezes in her workouts between taking care of kids, and she sets big goals. (Check out her children’s book on kickstarter and help her get it published!) She is one of those people that has always impressed me. She seems real, yet strong, centered, yet playful. We played basketball together in high school and I know her work ethic stems from those days. We sweated together, hustled together, and on and off the court, worked hard in school. It’s pretty amazing how quickly time passes, yet we really are close in our attempt at daily balance.

Sara is Dynamo. Dynamo is a series about people working towards their healthy living in lots of different ways. We look different, sound different, and move different, but we all are trying to be healthy. I love seeing how people strike the balance of hard work and interests in making their goals happen.

You might not always think you do, but I believe that we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and ourselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that the Dynamo stories can change our outlook, our personal dedication, and our perception of the people around us. With all this, we can celebrate together as we move forward.

Dynamo: Sara

How has being a mom made you love your body?

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Favorite Home Gym Equipment

Favorite Home Gym Equipment

My home gym is one of my favorite places to be in the house. You could call it my playground. It’s the place where I feel strong, release tension, and explore the ways I can move my body. It’s powerful to have my kids constantly play there too. They explore the equipment, coming up with games and their own strength exercises. I believe their exposure to this now is setting them up for confidence in using exercise equipment as well as a desire to keep their bodies strong and fit.

I’m assuming you are interested in setting up a home gym. If so, how do you know which pieces of equipment to start with?

I’ve had several friends talk to me about their home gyms and I love that each one can look different but serve the same purpose. I love that we can talk about keeping our bodies fit as an everyday topic. This is powerful. I don’t claim to have the perfect gym or the best, but it is perfect for us…. 

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Dynamo: Nancy

Dynamo: Nancy

Back Story:

Welcome to the first Pop-Up Dynamo Interview! These are unplanned, while I’m out, and walk-up-to-a-random-stranger interviews. I have a prepared list of questions to ask people and am constantly looking out for people to talk to…you may be next! I’ve been grateful at how willing people have been to talk to me, answer questions, and let me take their picture. Can I just tell you all…YOU ROCK! You are all DYNAMO and I’m so grateful to have a small piece of every single one of you, yes, you, as part of my life. Readers, Dynamos, friends, family…you inspire me.

I was at Trader Joe’s taking pictures to prep for my post on Trader Joe’s Favorites (what’s your favorite??) when I saw Nancy. She was very willing to stop and chat with me on the end of the frozen food isle.

Nancy was awesome! She is a runner, a tennis player, an example for her kids, and always looking to learn something new. She believes in not slowing down because of your age. She is joining the community of Dynamos, people that I highlight by interview who are inspiring in their perspective, dedication, and example. You might not believe it, but your example is empowering others. I believe in you. I believe that as we share these stories with each other we lift, we encourage, and we build each other up. This breaks down walls and helps us all be kinder and more gentle with each other. Go be great! You have the power!

What does healthy living mean to you?

Not just think about what the doctor says, but think about what you enjoy to do and make sure your balance is youbalance…your personal balance. If you want to learn something new, I started playing tennis about 2 years ago and I’m really bad, but I play it because it works into my schedule and I don’t feel burdened by it. It’s a community thing. I meet new people every time I go to tennis class and so that actually feeds me as well. It feeds me a little different than if I were to go out for a run. I go out and go for a run sometimes and sometimes I have a hard time doing that, but I’m happy with the running because I can use my electronic stuff to make it happen, but it doesn’t give me that community thing. Tennis does. … 

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Dynamo: Jim

Dynamo: Jim
The Back Story:

Jim is in his 50’s, he plays basketball weekly with other gray-haired guys, believes in movement as a stress-reliever, and that you’re never too old to do something. Meet my father-in-law. I think he’s pretty stellar.

When I approached Jim about an interview, he thought I was joking. He likes to keep to himself, not impose on others, and spend time with those closest to him. But aside from all that, he is an amazingly admirable man. His quiet dignity has touched the lives of many including Tyler, my husband, who still looks to his dad as his biggest hero. And while he’d never say it, his assurance and confidence are projected in the most humble of ways. I know I’m grateful for his example to my kids. They love their Grandpa.

Jim is joining the community of Dynamos. Those people that are moving forward in an active and healthy lifestyle, no matter their age, weight, gender, abilities, skills, or goals. We’re each on a different journey and it’s pretty awesome that we can all be working hard in so many different ways. I believe that sharing this story and other Dynamo stories empowers that person and others to live big, be strong, and push forward in their own journeys. Jim, you’re a power-house. You inspire others. When we come together and share, we come away loving more, accepting more, and becoming more dedicated to our own healthy living.

Dynamo: Jim

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