Growing up, I don’t really remember having a consistent role model. When I was about thirteen years old, I went through a phase where I looked up to Ashley Tisdale (I know – very random). I admired how much she emphasized the importance of self-acceptance and self-love. Until… she got a nose job. I still remember the day I read the story online; I felt completely and totally fooled. Someone who constantly preached how down-to-earth and happy she was with herself just wakes up one day and decides to go get a nose job? Really!? I lost all faith in having a role model and I don’t think I have had one since.
However over the course of my four years living in Boston, I came across someone who truly inspires me. Although she isn’t a celebrity, she is extremely well known around Boston and in the yoga world. In 2012, she won the Best of Boston award for her yoga classes. I still remember the very first class I took at Back Bay Yoga with Goldie. I went to her Wednesday night hip hop yoga class, intrigued by what it was all about. When I arrived at the class, I could hardly find a spot for my mat since the room was absolutely jam-packed. There had to be about 70+ yogis spread around the dimly-lit room. The class was an hour and a half, which I was a bit apprehensive about. However, it literally flew by thanks to Goldie’s energy, enthusiasm and her amazing playlist. Although I have been doing yoga since I was 17, I never consistently practiced it. I would go in and out of cycles where I would do it all the time, then I’d stop for a couple weeks. But lately I have been truly inspired to change that, especially after seeing the happiness and love that yoga has brought into Goldie’s life. Also – It was through yoga that Goldie met her now-husband Brogan Graham – the cofounder of November Project, a free fitness movement that has spread to 17 cities.
Luckily for me, Goldie agreed to contribute to this post! I had the opportunity to ask her some questions and I want to share them with you all.
Q. What was life like before you began practicing yoga?
A. Life before yoga was awesome, just like it is awesome now. I was in undergrad, I ran, danced, rock climbed, rode my bike everywhere. Yoga has increased my awareness which has led to a more fulfilling, focused life, but yoga isn’t what makes my life awesome. It contributes, but it’s not the sole contributing factor.
Q. Do you remember how you felt during your first yoga class?
A. I remember feeling like I knew the movement, and the expression it allows the human body to give off. I grew up as a ballerina/modern dancer. Yoga made me feel like I was in ballet shoes again. I love vinyasa for this reason. It’s intuitive body movement that feels good. It’s a way of expressing myself.
Q. You are an inspiration to so many people. So I was wondering, who inspires you?
A. Brogan Graham inspires me. He’s the most selfless, genuine, loving, AWARE human being I know. I often wonder if he’s real. I often wonder if this life is real. Life is really, really good. The past 3 years particularly, have been the most incredible, full, happy years of my life.
Sadly, Goldie just announced that she is moving to San Diego with her husband at the end of the year – meaning no more of her awesome classes at Back Bay Yoga Studios! However, I’m not going to let that stop me. I am determined to continue practicing yoga and I am determined to make it a bigger part of my life. I believe that the mind-body connection is so incredibly important, therapeutic and energizing. I have seen so many people, particularly those at Back Bay Yoga studios who seem so at peace with themselves while on the mat.. and that is my new goal.