Please welcome to The Eclectic Element the beautiful Lauren Rudick-Yogi and yoga teacher, handstand extraordinaire, and hater of olives!
I discovered Lauren through her truly awesome and inspirational project, 365 Handstands in 365 days. As I started following her handstand journey through pictures she posted on her Facebook fanpage, her spirit, inspirational outlook, and zest for life just immediately captured my attention, so naturally I had to see if she would do an interview on my website.
Lucky for me and all my readers, she agreed!
Q. When did you start practicing yoga and what specifically brought you to want to start practicing and become a teacher?
I started practicing yoga in college when I was 18. I joined a gym and as a student couldn't afford a full membership. The membership I did have allowed me unlimited access to classes, but not the weight room or exercise machines. I tried yoga because it happened to fit in to my schedule. Before long I was hooked. I became a teacher shortly after I graduated from university. I had no intention of actually teaching yoga, I simply went to teacher training on the suggestion of my own yoga instructor from that gym who one day said, "What are you doing now that you've finished school?" When I said I felt a bit lost, she suggested I become a yoga teacher. I only went to teacher training because I thought it would be like a month-long vacation, a way to postpone real world decision making. My life changed the day I started that first YTT. It would only get better from there...
|Handstand365: Day 171|
I created the handstand challenge as a way of building community, uniting inversion addicted yogis everywhere. In addition, I wanted to inspire others to bring more play and silliness into life each day. I was also looking for a fun way to track my progress and to see if I could actually commit to doing something every single day. It has been a great experience so far! There are participants from all over the world handstanding in some gnarly places!
Q. Being healthy is obviously an integral part of your life. What kinds of things do you do to promote being healthy in your day-to-day life?
I don't really think about it too much anymore- being healthy has become part of who I am. But it is easy to make healthy choices when I don't keep junk in my house. My fridge and pantry are stocked only with healthy foods containing ingredients I can easily read. My theory on food is that if it doesn't go bad within 3-months, I probably don't want to ingest it. I also try to get outdoors at least once per day (having a dog makes this pretty easy) and most importantly to me, I am choosy about whom I spend time with. I try to surround myself with people who inspire, support, elevate and encourage me to be the best I can be.
Q. Share something random about yourself!
I hate olives. Love olive oil. I don't know why.
|5 Element Necklace: Deep Sea|
I have always loved to craft. I bought pearls while I was living in China several years ago. During a snowstorm one evening I made a mala out of them. I got so many compliments that I made a few more. Eventually, after people kept asking where they could buy them my sister convinced me to open an online store and voila!
Q. Everyone goes through challenges on their journey. What are some of your biggest challenges you've had to face to date?
I have had many injuries! My biggest challenge was a hip injury that took four years to fully heal. It was a blessing though as I learned so much about the body and about myself. I learned that I am more resilient than I ever knew and that I can get through anything with enough patience and determination.
Q. Aside from being a yoga devotee and instructor, what other forms of exercise do you enjoy participating in?
I love to snowboard and hike. I really just love to be outside. I also enjoy biking but only on flat surfaces! I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie and I love heights! Climbing, bungee jumping, scuba diving, hang gliding are all sports I've tried and enjoyed!
Currently, I am an ambassador for Freewaters Footwear. We are working together on creating a yoga service trip in the near future to promote sustainable tourism and clean water initiatives around the world. I'm also collaborating with a clothing company on some designs for yoga apparel. In addition to that, I've got two upcoming retreats in Nicaragua and Morocco that I am super excited for!
Q. If there was one piece of advice you can give to people, anything at all, what would it be?
I don't know anything more than anyone else. I'm just willing to go deep inside myself and lay it all out on the table. One piece of advice? Be honest, always. Tell the truth above all else. Share your own personal truth.