Hello, tell us about yourself
We were both born and raised in suburbs outside of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St.Paul) in Minnesota. We grew up spending weekends at our cabins in northern being active kids involved in sports and community activities.
Both of us attended University after highschool and went on to work jobs in Corporate America, slowly climbing the corporate ladder in various sales roles. After finding yoga as a way to escape the stress of our jobs, we began to realize there is more to life than working and paying bills. Eager to learn more about yoga, we both dove into teacher training (at separate times) and experienced major shifts in our minds about the direction we wanted our lives to go.
Shortly after completing teacher training, we quit our jobs and bought a one-way ticket to India and began traveling the world teaching yoga. We run a website called The Yoga Nomads that helps empower yoga teachers to create sustainable businesses doing what they love. We currently still travel and work remotely wherever we find ourselves in the world!
What are you working on at the moment?
We just finished creating an online program to help yoga teachers build a website (without requiring prior tech skills OR needing to hire an expensive designer). You can get started for FREE with our 3-part free video training on the same topic.
We are excited to share this program and truly love helping yoga teachers build fulfilling careers in the industry!
How has yoga made a difference to your life?
Yoga has been the catalyst to dramatic shifts in our lives. Without it, we wouldn’t be living in alignment with our lives purpose. It has helped each of us peel back layers upon layers of societal conditioning that’s prevented us from fully stepping into our truth.
The practice has revealed where we had built up resistance that was holding us back from living a life of our dreams. Yoga has taught us the art of being present in everything you do and reminds us that even life, is a never-ending practice.
Who is your favorite yoga teacher?
We admire many yoga teachers, but one, in particular, stands out from the rest. Her name is Laurel and she runs her own quaint beautiful studio in NE Minneapolis called Yoga Garden. We stumbled upon her and her studio in recent years past and immediately fell in love with the way in which she guides a class and holds space. (Speaking of space, the one room studio itself is just gorgeous!). Over the years we have discovered that the best teachers, are the one’s who simply help you come back home to yourself. She does this in spades.
Where is your favorite destination?
Hard to pick favorites, but amongst the favorite destinations is Nepal. Not only the landscape but the people made an incredible impression on us. We spent a month there and part of it. We trekked the Annapurna Circuit staying in teahouses in mountain villages along the way. It was an experience of a lifetime and one we’ll never forget.
What’s your travel style?
We prefer slow travel. Traveling at a slower pace allows us to get deeper into the local culture and food scene. It’s easier to find a healthy routine and check out the yoga studios.
What are your future travel plans?
We plan to make Medellin, Colombia our temporary home later this year and early next. In the meantime, we’re just leaving Costa Rica and heading back to MN for the summer. Summer in the Midwest can’t be beat.
What did you do before you started blogging?
We both worked corporate sales jobs back home in the states. We led pretty different lives than we do today…
What motivates you?
Freedom. We do what we do to cultivate more freedom in our lives. This freedom will allow us more time to focus on passion projects and living our lives more fully.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
As it relates to our nomadic lifestyle – say YES to more experiences. You just never know what you’ll get yourself into! Some of our fondest travel memories are a result of saying yes to a random invite.
What is the name and URL of your travel blog?
The Yoga Nomads: http://www.theyoganomads.com
Why do you blog?
We are in existence to help yoga teachers find fulfilling, sustainable careers in the yoga industry!
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