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Fashion and jewelry designer, philanthropist, and mother of two in Los Angeles, Rachel Roy opens up about how she incorporates yoga into her life.
1. I first did yoga after the birth of my first child; she just turned 15.
Now I practice for an hour two to three times a week, mostly vinyasa mixed with hatha, with a private instructor. There’s great possibility in working with someone who can finetune things to your personality and mood and temperament. I know that’s not available to everybody, but as someone who has challenges with different types of workouts, I knew it was best for me.
2. I developed asthma when I moved to Manhattan 12 years ago.
It’s really difficult to get to the level of cardio that I want. But with yoga, I was able to get those same endorphins a different way. I put myself in poses that were challenging, thinking I couldn’t do it, but with the right breathing I could. That became a real symbol of my life: You can get through anything with patience, endurance, and everlasting forgiveness or kindness for yourself.
3. I had a really beautiful moment as a mom two or three days ago.
I went to pick up my six-year-old at kindergarten, and I got to go inside her classroom and see some of her work. [For a writing assignment,] her teacher had asked how they get through bad situations, and Tallulah wrote “through breathing.” I was so proud of her.
4. Incorporating charity into the workplace is really important to me.
For me, it’s making products with artisans who live in third-world countries and don’t have the means of distribution. Yoga gives me the patience to make these types of programs happen.
5. I had to start scheduling yoga like meetings.
I realized I’m no good to anyone if I don’t fill myself up with the things that make me happy, because then I’m like an empty pitcher with nothing to give. When you give to yourself, you’re giving up on something else—when you’re on vacation, you’re giving up on work; when you’re at work, you’re giving up time with your kids. I don’t think you can have it all. But you can have
a very mindful balance of choices that are the best for you.
Her Favorite Yoga Pose
Hero Pose (Virasana)
It’s super relaxing, but with that thrust of your heart, it’s also a reminder to be open.
Words To Live By
“You design the life you want to live every single day. It’s how you treat yourself, and yoga is one of my tools to design the life I wish to live.”