Please welcome this week’s Monday Muse, Morgan. A yoga teacher, traveler, and entrepreneur.
1). What was the first yoga experience you had that when you walked away you couldn’t wait to go back?
Honestly I found that spark in my little basement on my mat at home. I think the excitement of a self practice and starting to intuitively move my body really inspired my love of yoga. I didn’t start attending studio classes until 10 months later.
2). In your personal practice what if anything has resulted in you having an “ah-ha” moment that you still carry with you onto the mat?
Non attachment. Non attachment to an idea or goal or pose. Every single break through I’ve had in my practice happened when I least or flat out didn’t expect it. I think we don’t even realize how much mental and emotional pressure we put on ourselves sometimes, and so the days where I was feeling sub-par or not super motivated ended up being some of my best practices because that pressure to ‘perform’ if you will, hasn’t be pre-determined in my head.
3). What is a lesson you have imparted to others?
Something I say all the time is it’s YOUR practice. There is no right or wrong on your mat. At the end of the day, teachers are wonderful, but you are your own best guru. Who knows your body better than you? Trust yourself.
4). What role does silence play in a conversation?
It can play two very different roles. Are you listening to form an opinion? Or are you listen to actually LISTEN?
5). Where do you go to experiment?
I usually head outdoors. Especially somewhere sunny, maybe with other people around. There’s something about fresh air, sunshine and community that gets my creative juices flowing
6). What mistake would you make again?
Falling in love.
7). If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say and why?
‘Manifest your future.’ I don’t think enough people realize the importance of speaking your thoughts, goals and dreams into existence. You can literally change the course of your life.
8). What does approaching a breakthrough feel like?
Honestly I think it feels similar to drowning. Usually right before your biggest breaks are your deepest lows. And then all of the sudden you have no idea how suddenly everything just flipped. Life has a way of being cheeky like that.
9). What is your biggest challenge, issue or stumbling block in your daily life?
My tendency to worry. About EVERYTHING. If I’m being honest 99% of the answers to these questions are things that I need to be repeating to myself everyday, haha. It’s always easier to give others advice than actually take it yourself.
10). What three things are foremost on your mind right now?
Wondering when I’ll be eating next, buying a house and I really have to pee as I’m typing this.
11). When have your instincts led you astray?
I’m not sure I really believe in your instincts leading you astray. I think if you followed your gut in THAT MOMENT and that’s what felt right to you, than you can’t look back on the situation and regret it.
Thank you so much Morgan for sharing your thoughts and wisdom. You can find Morgan on Instagram @findingmorgantyler and on her website at https://www.thesouthernyogi.com/ Morgan has 2 different offerings for her e-books called Ab Asanas and I can attest to the fact that they do indeed work. If you are looking to gain more core strength for your yoga practice or just general core strength this will definitely do that for you.