Olympic gold medalist in figure skating, lifestyle blogger, and TV personality in Los Angeles, Tara Lipinski gives YJ a peek into her practice.
1. She was late to the yoga game.
I was pretty late to the game in discovering yoga. I was used to a sport that is a high-paced, energetic workout—that’s all I ever knew— so after being on the ice all the time, I went to a lot of bootcamp-style classes and Spinning. Then, about five years ago, I came across a yoga studio [in Santa Monica, California] called YogaHop. I did one class and was so pumped, by that next day, I gave up all other activities and started going to yoga five times a week.
2. Then she got hooked.
My first instructor at YogaHop was Kourtney Kaas; Matthew Reyes [a co-founder] is incredible as well. They teach a faster flow while playing Top 40 music. It’s so hard and fast paced, and by the end I’m always so relaxed and excited. I love that addictive feeling of walking away so refreshed because I’ve worked my body but I’ve also done something good for my mind.
3. She has a home practice.
When I practice at home, I start my Spotify playlist and try to make up my own flow that’s as similar as possible to what I remember from class. I usually do 50 minutes crammed between the coffee table and the TV. It helps my skating as well. Obviously, I don’t skate as much anymore, but when I do, I feel like yoga helps me find those muscles and balance, which comes in handy on the ice.
4. She takes yoga with her on the road.
I travel a lot, and yoga travels well. You really don’t need anything other than your own body. I usually do my own thing in my room, with or without a mat, because finding a studio and figuring out a way to get there in foreign cities becomes too difficult.
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5. She looks forward to meditating...one day.
I’ve tried to meditate, but it just doesn’t happen. I envy people who can do it. Maybe I’m looking for the Holy Grail of meditation, which just isn’t realistic. I would love to be able to sit down and take a few minutes out of my day to meditate, but my mind is always running a mile a minute. Still, I feel that if I’m practicing my yoga, I keep Zen.
Tara's Words To Live By
“Your dreams should never be limited. Dream big, then work hard. In the end, you’ll get what you want.”
Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose). "It feels like a spiral, so I always feel like I’m gliding. I think that stems from skating."