[wp_ad_camp_1]Congratulations to the lucky and talented winners of Yoga Travel Tree's #findYOGAanywhere challenge! These yogis showed dedication, motivation, style, and confidence by sticking with the challenge from day 1 to day 31. We want you to get to know these lovely yogis like we got to last month, so we sent them out some questions and invite you to meet our winners!
Without further ado, here's our first winners interview: Meet Michelle Henning, or as you might know her, @mhenning2007.
1. How did you get into yoga?
Eight years ago when I attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, my cousin, Teresa Phelps Martin came stayed with me while she was attending a yoga teacher training. She took me to my first yoga class, taught by Shiva Rae at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, Ca. After that first class, I was hooked. I bought myself a class pass and never looked back.
2. What’s your favorite style of yoga and why?
Anusara inspired classes would probably be one of my favorites, but I don’t often take many due to the lack of teachers of that style where I live. I also love a good Ashtanga class. Lately, I have been super into Acro-yoga and in my hometown there is a “yoga wall” studio and I love taking classes using the wall and the straps. Basically, I enjoy any style of yoga where I can sweat and be challenged. Isn’t that what yoga is all about? Facing your challenges head on.
3. What’s your favorite way to travel?
My favorite way to travel is by myself and with a backpack! I love getting out of my comfort zone and meeting new people. Going at it alone forces me to do so. Incorporating fitness and yoga is always a must in my travels. I can’t just sit around on a tour, I need to be walking, hiking, biking, climbing, swimming or doing anything active really! Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling with friends and sitting on a beach with a cocktail, but I find that I often discover more about myself along the road if I am alone than if I am with a friend.
4. If you could travel anywhere on earth, where would you like to go and why?
I actually don’t think that there is any “ONE” place I want to go to. I want to see as many amazing places that I can see before I leave this awesome Earth. The world is full of wonderful destinations, often times, in our own backyards. I am all about traveling the world and seeing as many countries that I can, but I also love returning to places that I love with people that I love, even if its some place that you don’t need a car or plane to get yourself to.
5. What’s a personal goal you’ve accomplished in the last year?
It wasn’t in the last year...more like few years. I dreamt of moving abroad, not just for a few months, but for a few years. Almost three years ago I lost my job, I took this as a sign that I needed to get outta town in every way possible! I spent the year traveling around the US, meeting up with old friends and having a blast. In February of 2012, I accepted a job at an international school in Seoul, South Korea where I have been teaching for the last two years. This awesome opportunity has given me the chance to see Asia in a way I don’t think I would have ever been able to. I have traveled to eleven countries within the last two years; met tons of amazing people, who I know will be life-long friends and have had time to evaluate my life and what I really want to get from it. I have decided who I want in my life and who I don’t (it’s easy to see who makes the effort when you live 3,000 miles away). I am moving back to the States in a few months and I can actually say that I have a clearer picture of who I am and who I want to be. My goal that I have accomplished is knowing myself better and what I want to get out of life.
Images via: @mhenning2007