Welcome Marco to the blog!! He’s our latest Yoga Ambassador.
As a studio owner, I have the opportunity to meet some of the most beautiful souls in the world. When people walk through our front doors my heart lifts and jumps every single time I meet someone new. Especially if they are full of love, laughter and happy vibes. Marco is JUST THAT PERSON. He walked into my life just a few months ago and I can’t quite remember the Shala without him. His happiness spills over his mat onto others and his strong, fierce practice is something to marvel at. I cannot wait to teach, practice + play with him all year in our teacher training and watch as he explores this new avenue in life.
I am so excited to present his interview and dig deeper with all of you to get to know Marco a little better!! Without further ado…
1) How long have you been practicing yoga?
My yoga journey started 3 1/2 years ago, December 21, 2012. Yes 12/21/2012, the same day the Mayan calendar ended. I’ll always celebrate this day as a holiday of spiritual growth and renewal.
2) What drew you to the mat?
The universe gave me an open invitation to come and play. The open heart and divine love of another. My first instructor and long time family friend, Marlena Bruno, summoned me to a remote location before she built Mantra Yoga Studio. The poses were extremely challenging and at times defeated a number of claims I had through my personality dominating ego. The 10-15 minute savasana felt like an eternity of bliss. Through guided meditation, I could feel my mind body and soul unify after missing that connection throughout my entire adult life and most of my childhood. Divinity drew me to the mat and calls me back every day since.
3) If you could tell your pre-yoga self anything, what would it be?
Enjoy the junk food lifestyle while you still can. Pretty soon you will question everything you were once sure of until the weeds of what is are ripped up to become what was. All that will be left is vacant soil to begin anew. You will manifest most everything through positive affirmation and by attracting it with good intention. The only thing proven about hard work is that it’s simply hard.
Thank you, Marco for coming into my life! I am lucky to know you.
Love Sweet Love + Happy Vibes!