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How Yoga Teacher Sophie Jaffe Finds Happiness Every Day

Yoga Journal recently caught up with Los Angeles-based yoga teacher, health and wellness expert, and certified raw food chef, Sophie Jaffe about finding your happy place. As a mother of two and entrepreneur, finding the balance between work and life is at the forefront of her ability to create and spread happiness to those around her. From where she lives, to those moments that create vibrancy, here are her tips and tricks to creating a smile and passing it on.

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YJ: How do you find happiness?

Sophie Jaffe: I try to find happiness in many different things and situations! Most importantly, my children’s faces, nature, and a lovely long weekend with no plans.

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YJ: What’s your favorite spot in CA and why do you love it?

SJ: My favorite spot in CA is Topanga Canyon because it is where my husband and I got married—great hiking, food, and interesting fun people!

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YJ: How does the sun boost your happiness?

SJ: The warmth and the energy creates so many positive vibes and emotions! I’m lucky enough to live in sunny Southern California, where sunshine and great vibes go hand in hand.

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YJ: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen during yoga?

SJ: It would have to be attempted acro poses that sadly fail (way to go for trying!), partner exercise that have gone awry. Also, when a teacher has more ego than everyone in the room combined.

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YJ: How does being mindful of nutrition create happiness?

SJ: I put so much love in the food that I cook for my family to create healing, yummy vibes. What we put into our body absolutely affects our mood and well-being, and I want the best and most well rounded for my littles.

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YJ: How has your family created more happiness for you?

SJ: My family has created so much more happiness and purpose in my life. Having my own family has helped me focus on the things that really matter. It forces me to look at how I can serve my loved ones deeper, all day, every day. By gracing us with two little kids that come down and give us kisses every morning and lay in bed and snuggle all evening. 

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YJ: What makes you laugh?

SJ: My four 4-year-old Leo makes me laugh all the time. Kids have an amazing ability to see the positive in every situation and bring out a smile.

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YJ: Why Sanuk?

SJ: I love my Yoga Slings, because I get to take my yoga mat with me everywhere. No matter where I am I’m on my yoga mat, and I’m reminded of keeping yoga with me everywhere I go. It’s all about happiness, all about joy. It’s all about passing a smile.

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