Content Creator & Yoga Instructor Paola Cruz
As a child, I was always very intrigued about Eastern culture and philosophy.. particularly Indian culture and Buddhism. Growing up in Honduras, it was difficult to learn much about these topics as it is a very conservative Catholic-dominant country. Even if you tried to search for books on Eastern Philosophy, almanacs and geography books would be the closest thing you’d find…so this is how I fed my curiosity. I was fortunate enough to be sent by my parents to study University in USA. It is here where browsing over electives I found a Yoga Class. My first asana (postures) class was Vinyasa Style. I remember walking out of this class knowing it would be a big part of my life.
What I loved about it in that moment was of course the physical challenge, but also the energy of the room, everyone moving in synchronicity.. with one same intention. What I truly love about it now, is the power within its practice.The practice of Yoga has deeply impacted my way of life. I dedicate my time to sharing how I live as a yogini, and hoping that some may catch a glimpse of the unlimited source of strength within Yoga’s deepest experience.
Was it tough learning to be a yoga instructor?
After my first time practicing in University, 13 years ago at this point, Yoga became my anchor in difficult situations. I began by meditation practice 10 years ago as a means to lower the anxiety and anxiety attacks I was dealing with at that point. Without any medications or other forms of therapy, I learned to manage my anxiety. This process opened doors that revealed to me a profound spiritual connection, love, empathy, and dedication.
In 2018 I knew my purpose was to share the teachings behind Yoga with my community…and so I went to India to study for my Yoga Teacher Training. I wouldn’t say it was a tough learning process…to me it was a spiritual experience.
For those who have not tried yoga before, why should they give it a go?
As human beings, seeking for a place of inner peace and calm is only natural. We have been seeking this since the beginning of time. But only through awareness, Love, and discipline will peace become your constant state. Yoga is a path that leads you there. Just as there are many other paths.. some obtain it through pure thought in religion, some obtain it through a connection with nature, some though artistic expression…The most important thing to do – is to seek. As one of my favorite quotes explains it well…
If you are a seeker of Truth, no matter what path you may take, you will arrive at Truth, for Truth is only One.
What are 3 fun things you like to do in the city you live in?
I have chosen a life of exploration, and so I’d say, my homes are many.
I do spend most of my time between Honduras, the Caribbean, and NYC. Wherever I am, I find joy in meeting the local yoga community, watching the sunset from a high point, and exploring places with my boyfriend Brandon.
Which are your favorite quotes or mottos you like to use for inspiration?
I have so many! But these are the first to come to my mind in this moment :
Beyond Ideas of Right or Wrong,
There is a Field.
I will meet you there.
When you lay down in that grass,
the world is too full to be talked about.
Even the phrase you and I doesn’t make any sense. William Blake
- Your task is not to seek for Love.
Merely to find the walls you’ve built against it. – Rumi
- You have power over your mind,
Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius
- That which is not comprehended by the mind but by which the mind comprehends—know that… – The Upanishads
Would you rather have the power to control minds or teleport?
The only mind I believe we should all aspire to better understand and dominate, is our own.
Teleporting would save a lot of time, but it also requires traveling at the speed of light, and at this point, our minds wouldn’t be capable of processing the journey itself. “Do not focus on the destination, focus on the path.”
What do you not get about guys?
I never really concerned myself with this question.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Paola.
One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy is subjective of course, to whoever is judging…but for the purpose of a new perspective, I’ll offer my own.
In my perception, sexiness is embodied in someone who does not need or seek approval from anyone else, for they understand that they alone are enough.
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