5 Things To Know About Animal-Lover Heather Mycoskie

Meet animal-rights activist, model, and Chief Animal Lover overseeing global conservation efforts at TOMS in Los Angeles.

Animal-rights activist, model, and Chief Animal Lover overseeing global conservation efforts at TOMS in Los Angeles

Love At First Sweat

I needed to fulfill my PE credits during my first year of college, so I signed up for a vinyasa flow class and fell in love with it. I felt rejuvenated and had so much energy. Then, in 2005, I was living with my grandfather in Long Island [New York] and there was a Bikram Yoga studio down the street. I could not get enough of it! I love the heat and knowing which poses come next; it really gets me into a deep, meditative state. Now I practice weekly with Ryan Nolan at Bikram Yoga Marina del Rey [in California].

Yoga Anywhere and Everywhere

Something always interrupts my practice at home, whether it’s my son, Summit, our dogs barking, the phone ringing, or deliveries. I have yoga mats spread throughout the house— from our deck to the yard to our bedroom, and even, at times, in my bathroom!—so I can practice whenever and wherever I have free time.

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Yoga Discovery

Summit was born on December 5, 2014. During my pregnancy, I discovered Kundalini Yoga, and I am so grateful for that discovery. It was a way for me to set my intentions for this new journey my son and I were embarking on together. The Kundalini farewell blessing song that was sung at the end of every class became our song. I sang it to Summit daily even when I didn’t get to class. I still sing it now, especially when he’s sad or can’t sleep, and it calms him down.

Couple Meditation To Get Back On Track

My husband (TOMS founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie) and I are always looking for ways to grow, individually and as a couple. When I was in my last trimester, Blake suggested we do Transcendental Meditation through the David Lynch Foundation. It’s such a wonderful tool. When I feel stuck or like I’m spinning and cannot get control, I’ll do a meditation and I’m back in the light. My goal is to do it twice a day for 20 minutes, but with an infant at home it’s challenging.

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Yoga Is Life

Yoga is a lifeline for me. It has become as much a part of my life as drinking water or brushing my teeth. I’ll take a class, and it jump-starts my spirit. It creates space for me to grow, work on myself, and live a more mindful life.

Heather’s Words to Live By

“When I’m in tune with my own radio frequency, I can hear, feel, and sense everything so clearly. That is when the life I envisioned becomes real.”

Favorite Pose

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose). My hips and glutes are always tight, so I love sitting in Pigeon. Afterward, I feel as if I’m walking on air.

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