Teacher Spotlight - Lexi Paulos


LEXI PAULOS

"I still remember the first time my yoga practice “snuck up on me” off the mat… I was like, “Wow! This is some powerful stuff!” Ever since that moment I’ve been more intrigued with yogic philosophies and I have an insatiable drive to learn, practice, experience, grow, and share."

Our teachers are what keep the energy flowing in our studio (and out in the elements) and we would love for you to meet all of them! In celebration of Mother's Day, this month, we are highlighting our founder of Longwave Yoga, Lexi Paulos!

Do you have a favorite playlist that you are willing to feature?

Ganesha (Desert Dwellers Remix) - Luna Ray
First Fires - Bonobo
Remembrance - Caia
Tell Me (Clock Opera Remix) - Au Revoir Simone
Supreme Illusion - Thievery Corporation
Give Love - (Infinite Love Mix) - MC Yogi
Fire of Freedom - Matisyahu
Lights (Bassnectar Remix) - Ellie Goulding
Satyam Shivam Sundaram - Thievery Corporation
The Need to Follow - Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Coulours - The Cinematic Orchestra
Dear Frankie - Alex Heffes
The Wolves (Act 1&2) - Bon Iver

What is your favorite yoga pose?

I have to pick just one!?!? I love Triangle Pose for the challenge and the way I can feel my strength and expansion all at the same time.

What is yoga to you/What brought you to yoga?

Yoga is a way of life. Like many it started off as a physical practice for me and over the years my entire life has been altered and made better by the teachings of Yoga. I still remember the first time my yoga practice “snuck up on me” off the mat… I was like, “Wow! This is some powerful stuff!” Ever since that moment I’ve been more intrigued with yogic philosophies and I have an insatiable drive to learn, practice, experience, grow, and share.

What is an example of your yoga off the mat?

I strive to live a “yoga infused life.” Meaning that my thoughts, words and actions are connected mind, body and spirit as much as humanly possible. The actual asana practice is only a portion of what yoga means to me… and Yoga off the mat really is my everyday life.

Specific classes/style of teaching:

I absolutely love teaching one on one sessions and this is one of my favorite ways to guide students. However, I also enjoy the energy and community of a group studio class. I often teach a Warm Vinyasa practice. Why Warm? I just like a room to be about 85-90 degrees. It feels good to move in and it’s not an overwhelming heat so we are still able to apply ourselves to the practice in a strong and committed way.

Your invitation to the population:

I invite you, your sister, your brother, your mama, your papa, your kids, your boss, and your neighbors to come practice some yoga. It’s good for you and good for the world!

What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while teaching?

Funny things happen all the time- from wardrobe malfunctions to underwear flying out of my yogi toes towel…. But one thing that happened a couple of years ago still cracks me up…. And just a warning, it might be a “you had to be there story.” After teaching a rather large class with lots of familiar faces I ended the class with three Aum’s and said “Namasta”…… NAMASATA!!!! I’m still dying laughing over this, not because I said it wrong, because I say things wrong all the time, but after class a dear friend who had been in the practice (also a yoga teacher) asked me the meaning of Namasta. I told her I have no idea, it just slipped out. She was like, “Oh! I totally thought you knew something I didn’t know….” Yep! Namasta Y’all! I still wonder if anyone from that class is going around saying Namasta ☺ maybe I started a trend….. Guess you had to be there.

What is something a lot of people don’t know about you?

I grew up with chronic asthma… like really, really bad asthma. Naturally Yoga was very difficult because I was trying to have a relationship with my breath that prior to yoga was something I avoided. Everyday I am grateful for the ability to breathe and everyday I take a huge breath and delight at how good it feels to be given the gift of breath and this life.

What is the best way to lift your mood?

Handstands or a really good song blasting in my car with windows down and sunshine on my face, if the suns not out then a dance party with my daughter allllll ways makes me smile.

What is your happy place?

Spending quality time with my heart (family) ANYWHERE, but the beach quadruples the happy factor.

The best part of waking up is?

Having the gift of another day to make my dreams come true and to watch others dreams come true ☺

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