Interview – Reality Show “Yoga Girls”

Caley:

– What can your UDAYA followers expect from the new show?

They can expect to see yogis navigating the ever-changing landscape of teaching- while experiencing the challenges that social media, relationships, and everything in between present to them.

 

– The show’s presented as being about the meeting of worlds between “Instagirls” and “Yoga Traditionalists”. Do you feel you are breaking from traditional yoga via the evolution of your career, or was there a conscious decision to do so?

With ten years of teaching yoga under my belt, I can say that one of my most favorite things about the practice is that it meets us where we are. This means as individuals, and as a collective community. Our world is changing. Our environment is changing, so we must evolve as well. Social media is a part of that. This tool has unfolded naturally for me and has been extremely useful.

 

– Any interesting experiences in filming this show you’d like to share with us?
All of it! Turns out reality TV is not actually 100% reality…and I learned to actually act, too! Can’t wait to see how it all is cut together to make this show.

 

 

Vytas:

– What can your UDAYA followers expect from the new show?

Yoga Girls is a lighthearted take on the LA yoga scene. It does touch on some real themes that we all deal with, but mostly this is just entertainment… with a little yoga thrown in.

 

– The show’s presented as being about the meeting of worlds between “Instagirls” and “Yoga Traditionalists”. What is traditional yoga to you, what do you attempt to stay loyal to in the evolution of your yoga career?

Yoga is an umbrella term. There is no such thing as “traditional yoga” because it has always been a blend of influences from different disciplines, no matter how far back you go. What the show is actually addressing with this theme is how established teachers are reacting to the new social media platforms. As much as some people want the umbrella of yoga to not cover these new influences, it seems a bit myopic to me. Nobody is in charge of saying what yoga is and what it is not. As my career evolves, I hope to evolve with it and not get stuck in any old ideas or preconceived notions.

 

– Any interesting experiences in filming this show you’d like to share with us?

Filming the show was such a fun experience. Having been on Survivor before, I’d already experienced reality TV, but not in this way. Yoga Girls is more of a “scripted” show so it gave us more freedom to act out scenarios that we might not have normally taken part in.

 

Koya:

– What can your UDAYA followers expect from the new show?

Yoga Girls gives viewers a glimpse of a yoga teacher’s life outside of classes. They will see that we are not perfect and how we deal with challenges in our career, relationships and much more.

 

– The show’s presented as being about the meeting of worlds between “Instagirls” and “Yoga Traditionalists”. Do you feel you are breaking from traditional yoga via the evolution of your career, or was there a conscious decision to do so?

I feel like a traditional yogi because I’m a 500hr certified yoga teacher, and I continue that education yearly- learning more and more as the world changes and evolves. To me social media is a vehicle to reach more people around the world, and when I travel to teach I also learn about how different cultures practice yoga and spirituality. I believe in unity and oneness, so I use my platform to reach a diverse audience who want to live a healthy lifestyle. I don’t really let what people want to call that bother me. The love I experience from yoga transcends labels.

 

– Any interesting experiences in filming this show you’d like to share with us?

I’m not a huge fan of reality being edited. I have a ton of fear when I think about how someone can naturally take things the wrong way. That things can be totally edited to create a different reality is still something I’m not sure I like, but my desire to spread my message won. I think people will get to know me better, while I practice being more vulnerable and open with the daily struggles I face- trying to follow my dreams, and choosing love over fear.

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