“Live light, because everything is already okay.” with Liza Laird.

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Our beautiful bohemian friend, Liza Laird, sat down with us to tell us all about her yoga journey and the things that inspire her to live life with intention. We were so lucky to hear what this goddess had to say!

What brought you to the mat the first time?

The first time I got on the mat I was in my early teens and took a yoga class with my mom at a local gym. I recall being embarrassed by my mom and not really loving the class. Something must have stuck with me, because over the years I found myself always coming back to the mat. Once I got past being an awkward, embarrassed teen, I discovered the peace, love, and inspiration I felt from yoga and meditation.

How do you set intentions in your life?

I set intentions in my life based on my core values of quality, authenticity and fluidity.  I ask myself if my intentions are in line with my values, and if they are not I clarify my intentions to make it so.

Who inspires you?

On a daily basis, I am inspired by my husband who supports me in everything I do and loves me deeply. My mom is the person who first brought me to yoga (and taught me to knit), and she inspires me with her outlook on life and her master knitting skills. My dad has sick handstand skills, and so my envy for his gymnastic abilities helps me push my practice further each day. At 65, my father presses gracefully into a handstand. I just hope one day I will be able to do the same.

My mentor Ashley Turner inspires me. Ashley is a total rockstar and has such profound teachings to share with her unique combination of yoga and psychotherapy. After taking one of her workshops in NYC, I was inspired to sign up for my first yoga teacher training program. Her Urban Priestest Mala is one of my favorites!

Jodie Rufty was my mentor in my teacher training, and her style of teaching resonates with me. Jodie lives her life so authentically she inspires me to do the same.

What inspires you?

I find inspiration in a lot of things, but one thing I am particularly appreciating these days is the post yoga class glow. There’s no feeling like it. It’s like hitting the reset button in life and creates the opportunity for clarity, purpose and selfless intention to transform the world around you. I also find myself inspired when hiking in the woods with my dog Cosmo. Being in nature always makes me more grounded, and my dog’s curiosity and excitement on hikes definitely rubs off on me.

IMG_3303What is your favorite mantra and why?

I actually have two mantras that I repeat daily. One was inspired by my husband, and the other is an ancient Sanksrit mantra. Everyday I remind myself of this mantra – “Live light, because everything is already okay”. It is by repeating these words that I am able to feel ease and clarity.

The second mantra I love is one that I learned in my yoga teacher training with Jodie Rufty – “Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya, Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya, Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya” (“Take me from the untruth to the truth, take me from the darkness to the light, and take me from death to immortality”). This mantra has always helped me become grounded and come back to my truest self.

What advice do you have for all the boho yogis out there?

Meditate every damn day! Even if you only have 3 minutes to sit or lay and meditate. Take that time. It will change your life. Your mind will find clarity, your heart will be open, and you will be more at ease. Also, find one yoga posture or movement that makes you feel confident and try to do it daily or every other day. I find that handstands make me confident, and happy baby always makes me happy, so those are two poses I practice daily.

What is your favorite mala and why?

My favorite mala is the Mermaid Mala! I love this mala because it represents confidence and love. It is beautiful and whimsical all at the same time. I find that it makes me smile, which in turn inspires me and gives me confidence.

You can find more of Liza Online at: Liza1

Twitter:@lizalaird 
Facebook:@lizalaird
Web:www.lizalaird.com

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