What are your essentials for a perfect session?
- Being a little early to class. Rushing never sets a good tone for a class.
- A bottle of Blackberry Hint water.
- My fave purple Manduka mat.
- Yoga block, since I am never as flexible as I imagine myself to be.
What brought you to your practice? Have you always been a dedicated yogi?
I started with vinyasa/flow yoga about four years ago, after college when I had a bit more free time. I knew I had to find a healthy habit to keep me active (and sane) as an adult. I loved that yoga required no intense equipment, no weights, no machines...just your mind, body and mat.
I enrolled in a beginners' workshop actually, because I had no idea what I was doing and was so afraid to embarrass myself in a class with real yogis! Since the poses were brand new to my body, working through them in a safe learning space before jumping into an active class was very helpful. As I started attending classes, I picked things up pretty fast (sans the advanced poses like handstands that look oh-so graceful until an amateur tries them). I was sold. I've tried a few different yoga forms since then, but have always come back to vinyasa. I now realize that my practice has been slow to deepen, because I had been holding myself back, not making myself a priority. I loved yoga, but was just too good at making excuses like: I'm busy, I'm tired, I'm hungry, it's expensive...you know?
A new dedication began when I started with Live Lotus, just recently. I've decided to stop finding reasons to dismiss my needs. In just a short time, I can already see remarkable change.
What do you want in life (assuming money and health are not concerns)?
I want to be crazy in love - happy with myself, my life and a partner who inspires me. I want to be engaged and fulfilled by my work, yet balanced; if there is work, there must be some play right? I want to be in awe of the Earth's wonders, see new places and be forced to put my own little world into perspective. I also want to experience motherhood, because I know that there will come a time when being an auntie to my beautiful niece is not quite enough. My dreams don't seem as grandiose as others'...but often from simplicity comes significance.
What do you struggle with within your self? And how are you conquering it?
I endeavor to be perfect (at like...EVERYTHING), often forgetting that no human is. I try to remind myself that imperfection is personality, and that there are some things in life that you can't control. Teddy Roosevelt said "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." I think that is really the best anyone can do, while you look to the future and reach for the stars.
If you could tell your 10-year old self something you've learned about life, what would you tell her?
BE BOLD. Things are much more fun if you remain true to your soul but open to life's possibilities. What do you really have to lose? Let go. (And stop straightening your hair! Embrace the curls.)
Now that we've been introduced, I truly hope you continue to follow my journey with Live Lotus. Say hello in the studio. Follow me on Instagram if you'd like: @ellenknobeloch. Make suggestions on what you want to see on the blog. What do you want to read about? We are are always looking for feedback.
It will be awhile before I can hold poses as long as I'd like - or do some of them at all - but practice makes perfect! I have committed myself to making this passion a priority, and I hope that inspires you. Do not be afraid to take time for what you need and do more of what you love.
Namaste. Xo, Ellen