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Balanced Babes: Interview with Lacey Haynes of The Yoga Emporium

I was first introduced to Lacey's super yogi skills, playful sense of humour, and beautifully calming Canadian accent when she lead a guided meditation at an event I attended. Let me tell you, this chick radiates good vibes and zen. Not only that but her writing will make you laugh your lil butt off!

I have eagerly read every post and watched every video she has posted on her awesome website, The Yoga Emporium and I'm psyched to be introducing her to you guys today. And because she'll tell it better than I will, I'll hand you over to the literary stylings of the wonderful Lacey Haynes.

01. Lets start with a bit of background – tell us a little about who you are and what you do.

I was once at the same party as Samuel L. Jackson. He’s a tall man. I’m tall too. I used to be the shortest but then when I was like 14 I became taller than all my friends. That was pretty cool.

I’m getting married in September, turning 30 and moving to Sydney. I’ve done every job you can guess. No seriously, I have. I’ve tried a bunch of stuff and now somehow, all of my passions and skills are working together. It’s a miracle and the result of constant exploration.

I just launched the most wicked party-pack of audio meditations - MEDITATE 4EVER. The images, the quality - it’s blowing my mind with pride and that yes! I did it feeling is all pervasive. It’s my most recent glory.

02. Describe what living a big, juicy, healthy life means to you.

It starts with listening and then that summersaults into a pile of acceptance. I want to be happy with where I am. Speaking of which - I am SO happy with where I am!

I always want to work hard on awesome things but not live for end-goals. It means loving meal-time, enjoying a dash of reality TV, having a healthy and sexy love life and pushing my face into Canadian soil whenever I can.

03. How did you get there? What made you choose to make health a priority?

I’ve loved a lot of people and a lot of people have loved me back. The people I loved who didn’t love me in return also helped.

I fell in love with yoga about ten years ago but at first I was terrified of it. I’d plan all week to go to a class and then when the time came I’d make up an excuse and stay home. I knew it would be the biggest game-changer of my life.

Everything cascades and shifts when you choose the path of liberation, self-awareness and acceptance. Every person and ant and sandwich I’ve encountered have brought me to this point. Thank you to you all.

04. Can you share a great piece of advice you’ve been given and who gave it to you?

Last night in my dream my teacher Yogrishi Vishvketu came to me. I was teaching a workshop and it was going to shit. Everyone hated it and me and someone was barfing on their mat.

He showed up at the door which wasn’t a door at all and just smiled. He said hello without talking. Clarity and perspective engulfed me. I stepped out of the tight-knit moment and felt the possibility of a bigger picture. A far bigger picture. I was so grateful.

05. When are you most inspired? What gets you bursting with excitement, leaping out of bed, and losing track of time?

Marketing, doing pro business shit, graphic design, sunrise yoga, rolling around on the forest floor, swimming in the ocean when there aren’t many waves, being a dick-head with my partner, waking up and saying YES! YES! THIS IS THE DAY.

06. What does your perfect day look like?

5am wake up (post 7.5 hours of sleep). -5:30am sunrise. -A yoga practice then a swim. -A bowl of mangoes and brazil nuts. -Writing something with ease that turns out awesome. -30 hugs and kisses with my best-friend-lover. -At least 2 perfectly ripe avocados, a cacao smoothie with a shot of espresso and cheese pizza. -Business meetings galore with plenty of scheming. -Some sort of photo shoot. -Another swim. A margarita. A bonfire in the forest. -Singing where everyone participates. -Sleeping on fresh white cotton sheets naked in a king-sized bed, in a tipi, in the forest, next to a lake.

07. How do you reinvigorate yourself when you’re feeling a little less sparkly and vibrant than normal? How do you get that pesky inner critic to pipe down?

Reflecting on the phenomenon of impermanence - this too will pass. Breathing and staring at the ceiling. Making my body feel good with dry brushing, oils, water and coziness.

Amelia: Yes, yes, and yes! I can vouch for the effectiveness of all of these methods.

08. I love soaking up the knowledge of the people around me - what is your favourite question to ask people and what kind of answers do you get?

What do you like to do? Simple and real. Some people dive right in with big mad truth while some people can’t quite get past their stock responses. I’ve learned though that if you stay quiet long enough, with encouraging eyes and a soft smile, they’ll tell you the whole truth.

09. Do you have any tips for making healthy living easy?

Imagine you ate a whole pizza in 1 sitting - like 8 pieces. Not so cray, but maybe you feel like it was a tad over-indulgent. Maybe you’re one of these people who gets really dark about it, pining over your decision, diving into guilt, beating yourself up with punishing exercise.

Try this instead:

Accept it. It is what it is and it’s done now. Maybe choose differently next time. Imagine that beating yourself up is the equivalent of eating a second pizza - 16 SLICES! The emotional ramifications of self-loathing are far worse than any pizza. Learn, accept, make a change and move on.

Amelia: LOVE this!

Quick 6.

Weirdest healthy food or practice you’ve tried? Ayurvedic salt water flushes where you slam salt water and poo your buns off until there’s nothing left.
Favourite travel destination? Rishikesh, NYC, San Sebastian, Halifax, Berlin.
Quote you love? “No matter where you go, there you are.” - Buckaroo Banzai
What cracks you up? Drawing upside down faces on chins then talking.

Amelia: Haha, me too! I've giggled away so many hours doing upside down chin faces with my boyfriend and sister.

Who do you think deserves a big high 5? Flynn Talbot, Amanda Noga, Matthew Hatch & Sarahjane Macdonald.
Awesome book to read? Yoga + Creativity (My eBook! It’s all about tapping into your creative potential through the practice of yoga and some fun creativity exercises. So good).

Isn't Lacey the coolest? Join her at The Yoga Emporium, and on Facebook and Instagram @verylacey. 

Lots of love,

Xx Amelia