{Interview with yoga superstar Alexandria Crow} Client: WorldLifestyle

ImageImageWorldLifestyle: You’ve been on the cover of Yoga Journal, modeled for Hard Tail, and shot a ONE Coconut Water ad campaign with Olympic athletes… but to you, what are your biggest accomplishments, both professionally and personally?

Alexandria Crow: My biggest professional accomplishment is being able to hold a job that I thoroughly love doing and that affects positive change in the students I have the privilege of teaching.

Personally, my biggest accomplishment has been and will always be more willingness to constantly admit that I don’t know everything, that I am a work in progress and always will be, and that I get up every day and work toward being a better person. I am proud that I accept change and growth.

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WL: How did you fall in love with yoga?

AC: I fell in love with the physical practice of yoga because it was exercise and felt reminiscent of gymnastics (I was a gymnast until I was 20) and I dislike the gym so much. Yoga was a pleasant surprise. I fell in love with the philosophy of yoga because I have always been on a quest to find contentment in my mind and life, and when I learned that yoga was about effort toward steadiness in one’s mind and life, I was hooked.

WL: What is your absolute favorite yoga pose, and why?

AC: To be honest, these days, sukkasana during seated meditation. I love teaching all of the arm balances, inversions, etc., and teaching them in a detailed way. But for me, seated meditation has become where I do the most profound work.

WL: OK, you’re stuck on a desert island for eternity — what 3 things do you bring with you?

AC: I’d take my best friend, Jessica; we could have fun in a cardboard box, so I’d be assured the island wouldn’t be lonely or boring. Alkaline water, because I love it and I usually hate water. Lastly, my music collection; I can’t live without music.

WL: You have really lovely hair… what are your favorite products for getting those California-beachy waves?

AC: Thank you! The waves are either from air-drying or from a curling iron, depending on my amount of time. I love Moroccan Oil’s shampoo and conditioner, as well as its oil. My favorite product is Oribe — [it’s] as if hairspray and dry shampoo had a baby. It’s fabulous.

WL: Your go-to easy, healthy recipe?

AC: I have a bunch of food allergies that I have recently developed, so I have to be really careful. I live on spinach, avocado, and eggs. I make this recipe every morning:

Poach 1 egg. Sauté 3 large handfuls of baby spinach in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a handful of chili flakes until wilted. Layer the spinach, 1/4 of an avocado, and a ton of Cholula under the poached egg. Enjoy!

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WL: If someone came to you and said, “I want to start practicing yoga, but I’m intimidated,” what would you say?

AC: Don’t be. As long as you understand that there’s no such thing as “good at yoga” in terms of accomplishing fancy poses, or being flexible. Yoga is about learning how to work hard wisely, [how] to be at ease in the face of discomfort, [how] to concentrate on what’s happening in the moment, and [how] to make wise choices based on the information you get back. That’s all. It’s really simple — not easy, but simple.

Find a teacher who works for you, [and] be willing to take a bunch because we all teach differently and have different personalities. Lastly, try a beginner’s class first — ALWAYS.

WL: Favorite workout other than yoga?

AC: Walking, that’s it. I’m not a workout type at all, but I do love power walking up the beach more than anything. I LOVE downhill skiing, too, but that’s not really a workout; that’s just plain joy.

WL: A quote that completely inspires you?

AC: I have so many, that’s hard to say! My Buddhist meditation teacher says something along the lines of, “Learn to be at ease in the world of impermanence and discomfort.” The understanding of that really changed my life. I love knowing that life is bumpy forever. So now I think of life as if I’m mogul skiing and I just soften my knees and ride over the highs and lows with contentment.

WL: On a lazy Sunday afternoon, we might find you…

AC: Well, I work Sunday afternoons, so they’re never lazy — you can find me at Main Street YogaWorks or leading teacher trainings! Lazy Saturday is a different story. You’ll probably find me sitting on a restaurant patio enjoying some food, drinks, and friends.

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{HALE Pilates Donation Yoga Series, Web/Social Media Ads}

I’ve been combining my love of advertising and new media with my passion for yoga and fitness to help promote a few up-and-coming studios in the LA area.

One of my latest projects includes these ads for Web/social media for HALE Pilates Method’s donation classes to benefit Operation Shanti. I pitched the idea and handled the copywriting and design — plus, that’s me in the photos, getting my yoga on.

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What’s New? I’m a Certified Yoga Teacher!

ImageCamatkarasana, Wild Thing. Photo taken in Raleigh, NC

So this post is not exactly writing-related, but it’s not exactly not

You see, I believe you only love — really love — a small handful of things in your life … things that make you truly passionate so that they actually sustain you. For me, that has always been writing (and reading, of course), since the time I was a child. Loves like that don’t come around very often … And then, about five years ago, I discovered yoga.

I had a particularly difficult year and wanted to try something new, something that would make me feel good. I Googled yoga studios in my area, invoked my roommate to join me, and I took my very first yoga class, in San Diego, at a lovely studio called Infinite Yoga. And I knew right away that it was for me — for life.

I first came to my yoga mat searching for focus, strength and healing, and I found all that, and so much more. This year, I decided that I wanted to get certified to teach yoga, because I believe deeply in its transformative powers — for the mind, body and spirit — and want to share that with others as it was so beautifully shared with me.

In June, I started a teacher training program with YogaWorks here in LA. And after 6 months of deep immersion into the philosophy, asana and alignment of the practice, I am officially certified as a yoga teacher.

Pretty amazing … to find something that inspires and drives me as much as words and books … and now, to be able to share this passion with other people who are also searching for its benefits. I feel like, in that way, yoga and writing are sort of meant for each other. And for me.

If you’re curious to know more about yoga or when/where I’m teaching in the LA area, visit brettanyoga.wordpress.com.

Namaste.