I’m so honored to be apart of the Aveda: BE YOUR BEST SELF Wellness Blog. While I was at at Wanderlust in Squaw Valley Tahoe, I met the Aveda team while they were braiding my hair, and sampling their Chakra Energy sprays (they smell AMAZING!). They were all so friendly, so we decided to go outside and snap some quick photos! I was so honored later when they let me know that they were going to feature me on their blog! I couldn’t believe it. I’m excited to share the article below with you, taken straight from the Be Your Best Self article…
Every day we make choices that can lead us to find our best selves- it’s these pivotal moments that can change the course of our future. And the results of this can be exhilarating. Today we are inspired by two such people who have made life-changing choices—two yogis that we recently met at Wanderlust Squaw Valley, a 4-day celebration of mindful living.
Here they share their defining moments and what it means for them to live their best life. We hope you will feel as inspired by their journeys as we do.
Jacquelyn in a favorite asana pose at Wanderlust Squaw Valley
The Moment: My parents gave me the gift of sending me to ballet when I was little. That allowed me to realize my passion for dance and movement, which of course led me to yoga.
The Learning: The greatest moments in life come and go, but the best moments are the ones right in front of you, in the present. Yoga has taught me this. I was on a professional dance team for almost five years and when I decided not renew my contract it felt like I lost my identity. My whole dance career was leading up to being a notable dancer and once I achieved it, I had no idea what my next step would be, and I became depressed. I started practicing yoga and it changed my mindset. It taught me to be present, not to live in the past anymore and not be anxious about my future. I started posting my love of yoga and my story on Instagram, while I studied to eventually become a Certified Yoga Instructor.
The Take Away: I realized I loved helping people. I couldn’t believe that people from all over the world were commenting and telling me that my story inspired them. Helping people, then, became my mission. It wasn’t about me anymore; it was about them.
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