Taking Flight

A Yogini Takes Flight

Enjoying life from above…

Photo By: Natasha Johnson Photography
Photo By: Natasha Johnson Photography

Meet Alicia…that’s (Ah-lee-sea-ah).

Alicia recently graduated from ILYS in 2015.  During her journey we asked her to share a little bit about herself and her yoga.  Of course we couldn’t just keep this to ourselves so we want to shine a spotlight on this beautiful and intriguing soul.  She embodies strength, creativity, and passion.  Her heart is golden and we hope that you enjoy meeting this incredible woman as much as we did!  Alicia, thank you for sharing with us, we are forever grateful!

Falls Split

 

ILYS:  Tell us a little about yourself…

Alicia:  I’m 22 years old and currently putting myself through college. I am at Wake Technical Community College and transferring to UNCG as a business major. I hope to acquire all the proper business skills to be able to maintain my own yoga and aerial arts studio one day.

I love to go on adventures and explore new things. Growing up in a small town I didn’t have a lot to do or the resources to do so. Now I take as many opportunities as I can to see this beautiful world and experience life changing things.

I also love to record my yoga and aerial arts journey daily. It is like a visual diary. Recording my progress over the last year has really helped me strive to find myself and to reach my full potential. It has been great to receive feedback from friends, family, and complete strangers. I have watched myself grow in to a yogini, aerialist, and the true Alicia Jurado.

Photo By: Natasha Johnson Photography
Photo By: Natasha Johnson Photography

ILYS:  What first peaked your interested in Yoga?

Alicia: I made a new years resolution in 2014 to start a yoga practice and stay with it. My goal for that year was to become physically and mentally healthy. I practiced daily and fell madly in love with yoga.

ILYS:  Do you have a favorite style of Yoga that you practice most often?  What draws you to this style?

Alicia:  I really like the Vinyasa style of yoga. I love to flow and create new sequences on the ground but I also love aerial yoga! I am an aerialist so I like to take my yoga to the next level in the aerial fabric.

ILYS:  What is the most surprising/profound thing you’ve encountered on your Yoga journey? 

Alicia:  During my yoga journey I have discovered that I AM capable to do absolutely anything I aspire to do. I never in a million years thought I would be able to bend or move in the ways that I can. My yoga journey has really molded me into a completely different person. I greet each day with a positive attitude and finally found my purpose. Before yoga I felt so lost and like my life didn’t have a meaning. Yoga has shown me that my life does have a purpose, I do matter, I can do anything I want to do, and that I can be anything I want to be.

 

ILYS:  What inspired you to begin Yoga Teacher Training?

Alicia:  When I was I growing up I always thought I wanted to be a teacher. I realized after taking some courses to teach in a classroom that I didn’t exactly want to be in that particular setting. I’ve always loved movement, always dreamed of being a gymnast or dancer but was never given the opportunity to. At the end of 2014 I started to feel like I needed to start to head in the direction of my dreams. I always really enjoy teaching my friends and family yoga. They all encouraged me to look into starting a Yoga Teacher Training program. I looked all over the Triangle to find the one that best suited me and InnerLight really stuck out to me.

ILYS:  What words do you live by? 

Alicia:  We are capable of so much. Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you never try something then you never will know the outcome. Get out there and find your full potential! You will amaze yourself and blow everyone else away.

Headstand with a view

 

ILYS:  How do you live your Yoga off the mat?

Alicia:  I love this question. Yoga isn’t all about the asana. There is so much more to it and that’s why I love discovering more about yoga and myself each day. I try to take what I learn about myself on the mat into daily life and apply it in all aspects of my life. I have learned patience with myself and others is extremely important. We all are at different places in our lives and grow at different speeds but patience is essential to function in a healthy and positive way. Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies so I try to remember that there are always darker days before brighter ones. Which means, keep going, your goals are achievable, it may take some battles to get through but it’s worth it in the end. Be patient, trust the journey, and never stop believing in yourself.

ILYS:  What is one thing that most people do not know about you?

Alicia:  My other passion is practicing aerial arts! I love practicing in my aerial silks and aerial hoop. I started my aerial journey a couple months after I began practicing yoga in 2014. I found an awesome circus studio in downtown Raleigh and couldn’t believe I had the opportunity to practice and perform something so beautiful. After one aerial silks class I was hooked! I invested in my own equipment and started practicing as much as I could whenever I couldn’t make it to a class. Being an aerialist and a yogini has been one awesome life experience!

ILYS:  Where is your favorite place to spend time “unplugged?”

Alicia:  I love to spend my time by the water or in nature. Some of my favorite places to flow are at local lakes around the Raleigh area. This is the time I take to be away from my phone, people, or social media, and just focus on myself. I practice the asana or meditate. The time I have taken for myself outdoors has really helped me see the beauty of this earth and made me appreciate the little things in life. For example, rainy days by the water have to be some of my favorite times. I love to watch the clouds and listen to the rain fall onto the water. Practicing yoga in the rain has been some of the most refreshing moments in my life.

Water Dance

ILYS:  What is the best advice that you ever received?

Alicia:  Some of the best advice I have received is through music. One of my favorite artists is named LIGHTS Bokan. Her music has helped me through some tough times and has always been my inspiration when I needed it. I could go on and on about why she inspires me or which songs mean the most to me, but I could write my own book on that. One of my favorite quotes/advice that has really stuck with me and that I choose to live by is; “You have to be uncomfortable in order to be successful, in some ways. Because if you stay in your comfort zone, you would never do the things you need to do.”

ILYS:  How will you leave your mark on the world? 

Alicia:  I will be known as the girl that never gave up. Life was really hard for me while I was growing up but I kept moving forward trying to achieve my dreams. It took a long time but finally at the age of 21 I found my purpose and that gave me a completely new outlook on life. Hopefully my mark on the world is a positive one. To show people you can achieve absolutely anything you want to do. You don’t have to have a lot of money to try these things, you just have to have the courage to get out of your comfort zone and see what you are capable of.

Alicia currently teaches Aerial Yoga at studioVIBE in Cary.  Come and fly with her on Monday evenings at 7:15pm!  You’ll be glad you did!

Pincha with a view

 

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