(We are still working on a cool nickname for our tribe, suggestions encouraged)
Rosy & Michelle here. Maybe you know us, maybe you don’t, but we are the boss ladies behind this whole shindig called Ignite Collaborative, so it’s high-time you learned about us. This post actually has nothing to do with us, though, and has more to do with our new project, #StartAFire. Read it and don’t weep please. Crying is for Kim K.
Ignite has been around for about 6 years now and we’ve existed as a smol tiny little dance company that performs at The Alwun House and maybe like two other places each year. We love what we do, so no complaints, however about a year and a half ago we decided to restructure our company a bit to try to do more things and lucky for us, it is working. We are growing and expanding and IGNITING creative fires all over the place. We recently made the decision to become a non-profit organization. Being a non-profit means growth, and we couldn’t be more excited to grow in Phoenix. As we worked on our mission statement, we realized that what we are really good at, without even trying too hard, is building community connections. We love humans and we love learning new things. Case in point:
That’s where this blog comes in. We have decided to chase that creative flicker of fire by creating a blog where we can interview Phoenix-area creatives. We want to use this as a platform to foster collaboration and connection between artists of all mediums. We really are eager to create a more supportive arts community in Phoenix, and this blog is our way of doing it. Our company mantra is “Start A Fire,” which to us is a way of reminding us to push forward, step out of our comfort zone, and if we're going to do something, do it big. That’s what we want to do with this blog. We want to start a fire in the Phoenix arts community. We want to burn this MF to the ground… but like in a good way.
Lindsay George is a registered yoga instructor and self-proclaimed ~*MeMe KwEeN*~. She grew up in Scottsdale until she was about 17, and then she said "imma gtfo." Since then, she has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and most recently Melbourne, Australia. We sat down with her at Chop Shop in Old Town Scottsdale to talk about yoga, inspiration, Instagram crushes, and more.
"Show up consistently in life with integrity and the knowledge of who you are and where you want to be."
How is yoga different in Melbourne versus the U.S.?
There’s more of a general heart-based beachiness feel in Melbourne, does that make sense?North America is very ego-based and focused on the head chakra, but Australia is more heart chakra. So, in Melbourne, everything is more authentic. There’s more depth. In the U.S., yoga can become more of a trend than a real way of life. Yoga is an American sub-culture. In Melbourne, it’s just part of life, so people are more genuine in the practice. Yogis in Australia are like those beautiful hipster Instagram people who do yoga and are tan and beautiful and then hang out at the beach and you hate them because it's fake, but that’s genuinely just who they are in Melbourne so you can't hate them.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to bridge the gap between our energy body and physical body. I want to find scientific evidence for the energetic and feeling bodies and show their correspondence to the physical body through movement, nutrition, yoga, and science.
I’m planning to get bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and Chinese medicine, so I can have an in-depth understanding of how things affect our physical and energetic body. Then, eventually I want to go into research for the health and wellness industry. Through that, I hope to find more evidence for meridians in the energetic body, so there’s more concrete evidence for ways of reaching overall health. I want to combine all of it with yoga and eventually have a studio for everything.
What advice would you give to someone starting out as a yoga practitioner or instructor?
Do yoga every day. The rest will work itself out.
Have you ever wanted to quit?
Yoga, no. But other things, yes. I think I just was never open enough in my heart to be able to connect to who I was and what I could do. I was holding myself back. I think it had to happen that way though, I can’t see myself having a sustainable lifestyle change without experiencing things the way I did leading up to it.
What’s something you’ve never done but always wanted to try?
You've been reading a book called "Your Beautiful Life." Can you tell us about it?
It is the first self-help book that I've read that is steeped in feeling. It takes a step away from the “new age” movement by teaching you to live your best life on a deeper level and in a way I’ve never experienced. Each chapter is a lesson and it feels like every lesson comes at the perfect time for my life. Basically, the book walks you through the steps you need to become your best self in a way that just encourages self-discovery instead of telling you exactly what to do.
An excerpt from Your Beautiful Life:
“All physical and psychological events are the fruition of the seeds that you have planted in your life. […] You have analyzed and critiqued the ego then made judgements about yourself for many years. It is time to put all that aside and treat yourself with kindness as an active choice.”
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Who is your Instagram crush?
@yogidslvo - I like her aesthetic. Her poses are always super interesting and you can tell she feels each pose so deeply in her body.
@Organic_Olivia - I love that she’s so excited about everything she does. She’s another person who works to bridge that gap between the energetic body and the physical body.
What is your mantra?
I choose to open. I choose love.
What does #startafire mean to you?
To show up consistently in life with integrity and the knowledge of who you are and where you want to be.
That's all for the interview, but scroll down for
Lindsay's 5 Favorite Yoga Poses!
5 Yoga Poses to Practice Everyday!
"Because I can't hold it yet, which means I have a lot more yogic work to do and that makes me excited."
2. Legs Up The Wall
"Because it is my go-to, miracle pose for all of life's ups and downs."
"Because I love a good ol' hammy stretch."
4. Fallen Angel
"Because focusing on opening your heart is very important to me and let's be real...who doesn't need to let go of some grief?"
5. Sleeping Pigeon
"Also known as 'Sleeping Swan,' but I relate to pigeons more. It's great because it opens up your piriformis muscle real good and that's a very important muscle to have in working order."
Now start practicing and you'll be sliding into DMs like...
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