5Q Interview with April Stickelman @_Yoga_Love_

1. Tell me about your personal journey with yoga. Why is it important to you?

Yoga adds a layer to my life that I do not want to entertain living without. I learned meditation from a meditation teacher at age 21 and tried a yoga class sometime that year, as well. The next yoga class I experienced was around the age of 23. I fell in love with yoga, by way of that teacher, Justine Shelton. She encouraged me to consider yoga teacher training. It was about halfway through that 200hr YTT with True Nature School of Yoga that the awakening and expansion happened. Through that study and practice, I really began to feel and experience the amazing power of yoga. Even though I had a strong daily meditation practice (with a meditation teacher) for nearly two years, the life wisdom I gained from my yoga studies and practice provided me with more power than I ever remember experiencing before. I have elevated in every way possible. Meditation and flow meditation are the foundation of my yoga practice, my fountain of youth and sea of endless wisdom. This is why I teach and offer a program called Journey of Yoga (JoY), to experience the great JoY daily practice can invoke. 

2. When did you first begin teaching yoga? What made you transition into a leadership position?

In 2008, as soon as I graduated YTT, I began substituting for my first Yoga Teacher love, Justine. At the end of my first class everyone clapped, cheered and praised me! It felt so energizing to share such an impactful gift, no way would I stop there! I began teaching regularly and volunteered weekly, teaching yoga and meditation at organizations for children in need. I continued with advanced YTT at Soul of Yoga, in Encinitas in 2012. Over the years, I have hosted and co-hosted events to provide fun ways to commune, raise our vibration and bring awareness to amazing organizations who are supporting our community, city, humanity and our planet in big ways.

3. What makes your classes unique?

I love to teach in a way to empower people with the experience to create their unique yoga practice beyond our class together. Yoga is most powerful when applied to our daily activities. We can begin upon awakening, practice throughout the day, wind down at night and settle into Savasana for sleep. We can even continue our practice in sleep and use dreamland for understanding ourselves to greater depths, so we may experience the freedom that we all seek. 

4. How does music benefit your guidance in a yoga class?

Words, melodies and beats flow through with Divine perfection, when we have uplifting or soothing tunes playing. Music and singing provides a somatic vibration that is transformational and healing. 

 5. Tell me about your next event and where we can follow you online.You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and WellbeingWithApril.com.

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