5Q Interview with Lindsay Gaugler

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

Yoga gave me a connection to myself at a time in my life when I was deeply shut down. I started my practice in the midst of a blizzard during a long Canadian winter. What started as a means to warm up quickly evolved into a healing practice. Gradually, I began to make better choices for myself and started to feel hopeful that my life could turn around. I grew stronger and more inspired class by class. I believe it was yoga that gave me the courage to leave my career, my country and put all my trust into love. I continue to practice to feel that deep connection to myself; my spirit and my body united as one. But I also practice yoga to connect with a beautiful community of soul-searchers and freedom-seekers.

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

I began teaching yoga in 2017. I’d left Canada and was waiting on my residency status to be approved here in the USA. I knew I wanted a radical change of career, and yoga had been gently calling me for years. It was a way for me to give back some of the gifts that yoga had given me, in a time that I so greatly needed connection.

3. What makes your classes unique?

I teach with yin vibe and a focus on holding space. I encourage my students to make their time on their mat exactly what they need it to be. I’ll often teach to a theme or intention, but I love it when I see individual processes unfolding in bodies, minds, and hearts. Each student is unique and I aim to lead in an accessible way, where the yoga is the real teacher.

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

Music is the heartbeat of the room! I find so much healing in music myself, and I love to incorporate meaningful lyrics, chants and smooth beats into each class. It brings the studio into a state of unity.

5. Tell me about your next event and where we can follow you online.

I am coaching Power Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga in Poway starting in October!! I’m so excited to dive deep into the realms of yoga with eager students once again. There is always so much more to learn!

You can find me on Instagram @lindsaygaugler and at CorePower Yoga.

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