NICOLE CARDOZA of YOGA FOSTER
THE YOGI, CEO & FRIEND
" Oftentimes we speak about how much we need our yoga practice and fail to realize how much it needs us - an not our asana and breath but our spirit and courage, commitment and sacrifice, to hold space for the practice itself and all those that hold it dear. Let's take a harder look at how we honor the practice we are gifted"
Nicole and I have been pajama party friends for over two years. We have been supporting each other not only in our personal life but in our effort to make the practice of yoga an equal opportunity for everyone. I, as Latina and part of the minority have struggled in my career as yoga teacher to be treated equally. Nicole's effort is to bring yoga to schools, to teachers and students who don't have access to the practice. Equality and mindfulness are vital in today's society specially for our children. I will continue to support Nicole and YOGA FOSTER join us please donate now to her campaign SUPPORT WELL
What compelled you to work for children?
I find it overwhelming that the future of our society aren't well. Whether physical, mental or emotional, children in the U.S. aren't provided with the tools to practice wellness. In contrast, wellness is one of the fastest growing industries in today's time. We all have the tools to change a students' health trajectory, we just need to rally together to make a difference. That's my passion, and what I'm here to do.
What is the biggest challenge of being you, a yogi and CEO?
Forgiving myself. I do a lot of things, so I give myself more opportunities to fail. And I fail often. I don't think that failing is anything to be ashamed of; in fact, it's the best learning experience we can allow ourselves. But what I tend to do is wallow in my disappointment instead of forgiving myself and moving forward. I'm grateful for the constant reminder to practice better.
What is your favorite form of movement, yoga or workout, why?
I find so much comfort and ease in yoga, so lately I've been gravitating to boxing – it's way outside my comfort zone and asks for more of my physical strength than I'm familiar with.
meet EFFIE Liu
The tru rebel of pop music
I remember meeting Effie two years ago at a pool party at a home in Long Island. From the second we met, we clicked not because of our similarities, but because we are exact opposites in so many ways. From day one, I felt intrigued by her pink hair, her make up and bold sense of style. I was fascinated by this creature that reminded me so much of my childhood idol Gwen Stefani. Not only she is unique in her style but her music is also incomparable to modern pop. Her songs are refreshing, with hints of reggae and lyrics that narrate the story of her life. If I had to pick one thing that Effie and I have in common is that we are both non conformist, rebellious women. Regardless of being part of minority groups, we strive to do what we love and share our magic with the world.
Effie's EP Magenta Agenda is out now and available on Spotify.
As many of you probably know, I love to write about those females that inspire me and motivate me. I believe everyone in our lives has a purpose and I am lucky to have been blessed with these women's presence.
This month the Spiritual Rebel's feature goes to Effie because she is awesome and the true rebel of pop music. I hope you come out with me to one of her shows soon, for more follow her @trueffieliu
Read on rebels...
1. It's no secret you are a fun Boss lady. How do you balance your music career, staying fit and your baking hobby without losing focus in your goals? What keeps you motivated, ...any advice for the ladies?
You said the magic word right there - balance. It’s easy to get lost in the sauce of work and activities and push things like fitness to the back burner. In order to work fitness into the equation, I make sure that I make time for it. I like to schedule an hour for boxing or cycling towards the end of my day so it’s in there as a way to clear my head after working all day. That way, I am refreshed for the next part of my day or evening. I stay motivated because I know fitness is linked to my ability to perform which involves a lot of cardio, like jumping around and lung capacity.
2. The music industry has evolved so much and so fast... Where do you see pop music 10 years from now?
I feel like pop music is constantly changing, adjusting to and defining the sounds of the moment simultaneously. But one thing I hope changes in the next ten years is who controls it. My hope for pop music is that the people who control it look more like the people who listen to it, aka everyone. Everyone should be represented in that process.
3. What is song identifies you the best from your Magenta Agenda EP?
All of them since these songs were written from my life experiences. I guess if I had to pick one though it would be “Tears 4 U” because it’s about being proud of what makes you unique and not surrendering those qualities to fit in. That conflict is what drove me to write songs in the first place.
4. What does a Spiritual Rebel mean to you?
I grew up in the stuffy Northern California suburbs. I’ve never fit into any the molds expected of me, from my education in fashion to my career in music, even my hair. My whole life has been about rebellion, which I wear proudly. A spiritual rebel is someone for whom conforming is not an option, fuck the haters.
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TANYA BOULTON : THE YOGA TEACHER BEHIND TANYA-b
If you are a yogi in NYC chances are that you have heard of Tanya-B leggings. Tanya-B has been around our community for over 6 years now. The tie dye halter tops, off the shoulder tops and perfect fitting leggings. The brand has shaped the in studio to outside studio idea of a yoga outfit. But who is the woman behind the magic?
Tanya Boulton, has been my teacher ever since I graduated from yoga teacher training in 2011. Later, she became my mentor and friend. I can never forget the day I sat in a coffee bar with her and asked her what is the secret to becoming a successful yoga teacher? Tanya replied "you have to truly love what you do and get on people's face." At first, I had no idea of what all this meant and so I decided to take her advice and explore this idea.
Tanya is the kind of woman who leads by example, so I simply followed her lead. I watched her re-launch her brand with her partner Anna Chung. I saw her love what she did and get on people's face by supporting her community, her people, her friends, her colleagues and her students. I took her classes and experienced her passion for teaching and healing. So I finally understood what she meant. To get on people's face doesn't mean to post pictures of your sexy body all over the net. It is to embody what you preach and to support your tribe.
Today,I am honored to be part of her team of Urban Legends and I will forever admire this Spiritual Rebel woman. She inspires me just by being herself.
Find out more about her brand Tanya-b.com and become part of our tribe.
1. What is your take on athleisure and how does Tanya-B represent your passion for yoga & fashion?
I think that athleisure wear has really shifted the entire fashion industry. There is so much out there to choose from as the industry grows. tanya-b is really a brand that is grass roots in nature and about building community. Our clothes feel amazing and represent the women who wear them which is authentic, feminine and sexy.
2. Why do you think that yoga and fashion have ultimately become so popular?
I think that people are really into yoga more and more these days because people want to FEEL good in a way that his physical, mental and spiritual. We are at a time where we need healing and peace more thank anything and that starts with yourself first. Also, people are more health conscious which gets them being more active so it would be natural to have more athletic based fashion brand.
3. Who inspires you? People who can be vulnerable.
4. What advice would you give young yoga teachers? Be sure to always do your own personal healing and self help. Also, be gentle with yourself...teaching is an art and practice.