YOGI OF THE MONTH: Alyssa Palaganas
WHERE YOU GREW UP: Manila, Philippines
WHEN YOU MOVED TO NYC: 2015
OCCUPATION: HR Director for a hotel
FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Adele (soloist) and The Killers (band)
FAVORITE MOVIE: Casablanca
FAVORITE BOOK; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
GOALS IN LIFE: Seek my truth, empower others, love unconditionally
PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE: Everything begins and ends with you
FAVORITE SEASON: Autumn
FAVORITE ARTIST: Van Gogh
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING YOGA? 8 months
WHAT DOES YOGA DO FOR YOU? Keeps me in shape physically. I lost about 15 lbs in the first 3 months of practice. But the internal shift on mind and soul was unexpected! I’m seeing life with a different perspective.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING TO SONIC? 8 months
WHAT CLASSES DO YOU USUALLY TAKE? Flow 1 / Flow 1-2
HOBBIES: Other than yoga, I love to try new restaurants, travel, currently exploring different techniques of meditation/ breathwork, and I also practice reiki on friends/family.
WHAT DOES PEACE OF MIND MEAN TO YOU? Knowing that the people I care about are safe, healthy and happy. Also being fully present in the moment.
FAVORITE NEW YORK MEMORY: The first time I’ve been to New York was at the age of 17. I went to Tkts Times Square and got Broadway tickets. Hailed a cab on Broadway and two came rushing eventually crashing at each other! I’ve only been in the city for a few hours and I told myself, “This will be a pretty exciting place to live!”. And here I am.
FAVORITE PLACE IN MANHATTAN: Metropolitan Museum of Art
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? kindness, nature, art, film, music
LIFE LESSON LEARNED FROM YOGA? Love yourself. When you are in difficult pose, you breathe into that uncomfortable space. Where can I get stronger? Where should I be gentler? It is only when you accept both the great and the messy aspects of yourself and your life, do you find gratitude in being human and fully embracing your path.
MOST UNFORGETTABLE YOGA MEMORY? The first class I ever took at Sonic Yoga. I couldn’t even touch my toes and fell a couple of times trying to keep up with the flow. The teacher, Chris Temple was super positive, funny and supportive that it didn’t matter how challenging it was. It was overwhelming to feel alive in your body and in your breath. Also, I was recently at the Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square and that was pretty cool too!