WorldLifestyle: 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.
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!
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.