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Interview with Lesley Fightmaster

Interview with Lesley Fightmaster

BIO

Name: Lesley Fightmaster

Residence: Orange County  – California

Yoga style: Vinyasa-, Yin – and Restorative Yoga

1. What book are you reading right now?

I’m currently working through an Abundance book by John Randolph Price. I’m also listening to “The Power of Vulnerably” by Brené Brown

2. What book do you recommend? (it doesn’t have to be a yoga book)

I am really enjoying Brené Brown’s work and I would recommend anything she’s written.

3. What yoga classes do you follow yourself?

There are some great yoga teachers in Orange County, CA that I enjoy. I take their classes at the studio when I can. I practice at home a lot and instead of following a teacher, I just flow and move for fun. I’ve also been following some of CC’s classes on the “Yoga Dose” YouTube Channel.

4. Who is your favorite yoga teacher?

I have lots of favorites! Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Stephanie Snyder, Janet Stone, Diana Christianson, Kim Haegele, LB Iddings and Courtney Parkyn. 💕

5. Do you also practice other sports besides yoga?

Not really. I do like to hike. I also love riding bikes in Amsterdam!!

6. What’s your dream location for giving a yoga retreat?

For me, it’s really about the people. Any location is wonderful as long as Fightmaster Yogi’s are there!!

7. Do you have a favorite yoga playlist? And would you like to share it?

I usually don’t play music while I teach because I like to concentrate on the breath. However, I do love Deva Premal and sometimes play one of her songs during savasana. She sings like an angel.

8. It is so nice of you to educate and encourage young(er) yogis. What more can we expect in that field?

I really want yogis, especially younger ones, to understand that yoga is not about the pose. Let go of trying to do things perfectly. Practicing yoga is about being present and quieting the mind. When you’re in the present moment and your mind has become quieter, you will connect more and more with your best Self.

9. You have just launched MyYogaPal. What a wonderful way to connect with yogis from all over the world. Can you tell a bit about it?

I’m really excited about MyYogaPal! It’s a wonderful place that includes complete programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced yogis.

The beginner’s program is 30 days long, and the majority of the classes are 15 minutes each. It’s a great way to get started.

The intermediate program is called “Thrive.” It’s a 90-day journey that increases strength, flexibility, and endurance. The classes are each around 20 minutes. Thrive has a perfect mixture of repetition and variety. Students can see their progress quickly.

Our advanced program is called “Shine.” It’s also 90 days and each class is sequenced to a “peak” or challenge pose. The classes are about 60 minutes each because it takes some time to warm up and educate the body for the peak. The pace is a bit slower to focus on taking long, smooth Ujjayi breaths throughout each practice. Similar to Thrive, Shine also incorporates the perfect amount of repetition and variety to support the process of creating muscle memory.

Also on MYP, you’ll find my Align Course and bonus 7-day Chakra classes as well as guided meditations. We just added YogaFix90 by popular MYP student demand!

In addition, we have a wonderful community section of supportive yogis. We added, “Gratitude Corner” where everyone is encouraged to write down 3 things they’re grateful for each day. Actively practicing gratitude is a game changer!

We also started MyYogaPal Perks: bonus classes each month. Members receive a link to the special classes to keep, but they’re only available for a limited time. If you’re not a member when the perk is released, you’ll miss out on it forever!

I know I’ve probably said way too much about MyYogaPal, but as I mentioned, I’m very excited about it. To check it out, visit http://www.myyogapal.com ❤️

 

Thank you, Lesley, from the bottoms of our ❤️

With Love,
Seaze the Day Yoga Events 🙏

Interview with Ulrica Norberg

Interview with Ulrica Norberg

Interview with Ulrica Norberg

‘Yoga Master Ulrica Norberg has always been a creative researcher and thinker. She always searched for ways to develop her body, mind and soul.’
Ticket Reminder Yoga Weekend Immersion June 1 -2 2019 with Ulrica!

BIO

Name: Ulrica Norberg

Residence: Stockholm  – Denmark

Yoga style: Yin yoga and the Ishta Yoga

Author of:

1. What do you like best about teaching yoga?

I like best about teaching that I get to connect with others in spirituality and together grow as a whole in a setting where we all can let down the guard, grow and evolve. Teaching yoga makes me inspired to live with intention. To practice yoga inspires me to continue to evolve and grow each day of my living.

2. When did you really need yoga?

My yoga and meditation practice has helped me grow as a human being; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually which has given me a more solid foundation to stand upon and also to turn to in time of need. Yoga doesn’t make us immune against life. However, it can help us to not identify ourselves with the outcomes of situations. Sometimes things happen. And you deal with it. Over time, yoga has strengthened my moral compass and also my calm and connection to wisdom. So I have to say that it has been something to lean on in time of need.

3. If you could teach people one thing about yoga, what would it be?

That the breath is the path to inner peace, strength, and wisdom. To breathe more mindfully and to own their breaths in order to live a fuller life.

4. What advice would you give to people?

To not look for themselves outside of themselves. You are already complete. The yogic tools if applied correctly will teach you how to navigate back to your own inner source.

5. What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to keep loving, writing and daring to create more.

6. What will people gain from attending your Yoga weekend this June 1-2 in           Amsterdam?

Insight, inspiration, delight, thoughtful practices, teaching experience from almost 30 years of teaching.  I don’t care much about rigidity nor ignorance when it comes to practice. I wish to invite more curiosity, insight, joy, serenity, and playfulness into my students’ practice and life. 

 

Thank you, Ulrica, from the bottoms of our hearts!❤️

Love,

Julia and Brechje 🙏

Interview with Laura Burkhart

Interview with Laura Burkhart

Interview with Laura Burkhart

‘Sparkling personality. Does not believe in long complicated practices anymore. Every day is a different day, go with the flow’
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BIO

Name: Laura Burkhart

Residence: San Francisco – US

Yoga style: Fluid meditative Vinyasa

Online: Grokker, Yoga Vibes, My Yoga Work

How do you spice up your life?

I am sort of a workaholic, but in a healthy way nowadays. I used to be a workaholic in a very unhealthy way. I have been working 7 days a week for a long time. I found out that it was about owning my life and my yoga practice. My practice has changed over the years. I think it is ‘older and wiser’. I can listen much better to what my body and mind need at that moment. It is really about a change of focus. Really listening to my body. Some 10-15 years ago everything was much more physical in my practice. And when I had to deal with injuries, that changed. What did my body and mind need? That was tuning in. Being in tune with my body. Today my yoga practice consists of a much more simple content. I used to put a lot of effort into yoga practice and teachings by adding interesting additions and choreography. But now I can truly enjoy the simplicity of a block supporting bridge pose. Which really feels fantastic! In my personal life, I like to take long walks. It really unwinds and sometimes during those walks, I come up with ideas for myself but also for others. It is both relaxing and creative at the same time. It is one of my favorite things to do. And walking beside the ocean is also something I love to do. The sound of the ocean is so calming and meditative. And that is also the case with swimming. I really like swimming. It is like moving meditation. I always find out I should swim more often because I like it so much J. I also get really excited about being busy with new projects. Because of my creative background, I like to create things, but also for others. Working together without competition is so meaningful. And last but not least, meeting/catching up with friends is also what I love to do!

 

 

When did you really need yoga?

It started with a few lessons because I suffered from stress and stomach/colon problems. I missed dancing and the movement, due to my dancers’ background. Yoga combined the movement ánd deeply breathing. It really helped me in dealing with my issues. As a result, I felt clarity, space, and peace. Peace of mind more importantly. I followed five internships and when I reached the fifth: a PR marketing position, I started volunteering in India. When I came back really ill I switched to fully commit to yoga. Meanwhile, transforming from a student to a yoga teacher, I started working with Jason Crandell. It is so inspiring working together with him. The people I attract in my classes love to have fun and work hard. Yoga is such a natural and healthy way of dealing with stress. A very common fact in our society, because of the high expectations. Going to a yoga retreat is also a fun vacation but in a healthy way. Guiding people in a fluid yoga practice is what I love to do most. Music plays a big part in this as well. The combination is magical.

 

What advice would you give to people?

Society plays a very big role in our behavior. What you should and should not do. You can say that I am an advocate for removing layers. Start with that. Who are you really from the inside? Start peeling away and see who you really are. And connect with it. Be authentic. Go to that fire inside of you. What moves you? Instead of denying, start feeling from the inside out. Connect with your inner fire. We all have a talent. It is so important to start to identify. You can help yourself and others with your talent. Think big. However, you will have to believe in it. Be clear in what you believe and what you are wishing for. We all want something different. Help yourself, but also ‘How can I help others’. Am I good to myself, am I a good friend, am I a good partner, mother, sister.. and so on. Life is too short. Nothing else matters.

Thank you, Laura, from the bottom of our hearts!

Love,

Julia & Brechje