Meet EMILIE PERZ of YOGA MEDICINE
A #SOCIALintheCITY at Wanderlust Whistler 2015 Interview
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About Emilie: Power, strength and an innate understanding of the mind-body connection are the three pillars on which Emilie Perz has built her practice. Emilie offers her students a rigorous and regimented practice that instills a deeper understanding of physical alignment and encourages the student to develop a closer bond with their practice,moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers to achieve a deeper awareness of life. Emilie has extensively studied eastern philosophies abroad and fuses this exposure with her knowledge of physical anatomy and relationships with health practitioners to provide her students with unparalleled healing through yoga. In 2014, Tiffany Cruikshank appointed Emilie the position of Community Builder for her renowned yoga teacher training school Yoga Medicine.
Describe what community means to you in one word:
Why do you do what you do?
Because I thrive on empowering people with the tools to facilitate better health and wellness for themselves; allowing them to experience their body in an intimate way and to translate that to self-care. When people can truly care about themselves then they can take care of everything and everyone around them without insecurity, resistance and challenge. Watching people become conscientious is transformational.
What are you passionate about?
Educating people on the limitless benefits of a yoga practice and how they can integrate yoga into their lifestyle on so many levels.
What about Wanderlust attracted you to become engaged positively in the festival, and how do you feel being engaged benefits the community?
Wanderlust gives ALL people an opportunity to experience an authentic yoga community. I personally thrive on the positive atmosphere and on meeting people who share similar ideas from yoga communities around the globe. You can come to Wanderlust and become a truly educated individual on healthy living and you can leave with collaborating friendships that foster more yoga. Last year I met a yoga teacher in Schuylurs class that has become my favorite anatomy friend. Come with an open heart and leave with a fully filled one!
Out of these three words, which one is your favorite and why? Collaborate, Cultivate, Create:
Collaborate!! I think the best part of yoga is the community it fosters. We must come together to be each others teachers, students and best friends. Yogis represent progressive change in the world & we truly are carving the path to equality.
What is your passion inspired from, and what is it all about:
The things that most inspire me come from an intrinsic place such as a thought I had about my body, an injury I incurred, a decision I needed to make and live with. I’m inspired by that willpower we all have, that locked up hidden potential, that innate warrior within us. In my experience, our inner dialogue can be very misleading and can create a lot of physical and mental discomfort. Learning how to literally feel through my drama and become comfortable enough to navigate my internal landscaping gave me freedom to explore myself in an intimate way and to become brave enough to handle my shit head on.
What is one major lesson/learning you are taking away from your entrepreneurial/dream achieving journey so far?
You don’t need to know everything. You shouldn’t think you do. Let others teach you, guide you and help you walk your path. It is so much brighter when you are honest, vulnerable and real.
Why is community important to you (personally)? How is it vital to you professionally?
Community means I have people to lean on for insight and help. As Community Builder for Yoga Medicine I’m consistently reaching out to our global team for resources and information on how they are using yoga as medicine in their own communities. This has lead to our 500hr private forum where yoga teachers can instantly log on and discuss topics of interest on yoga medicine. It’s been incredibly valuable to have this huge global network of teachers, doctors, nurses, physical therapists all contributing knowledge and wisdom from their own research and experiences.
In your own opinion, how would you encourage others to live more socially engaged within our community?
Just get involved. Notice your neighbors and say hi, notice your local stores and purchase from there, notice the natural beauty such as parks, trails and lakes and be in nature there. Take advantage of what’s right there in front of you and if you will be immersed in your community.
What is a personal experience at Wanderlust where being social has benefited you in accomplishing your dreams and your goals?
I’ve met teachers from Wanderlust who live in neighboring cities and states and have collaborated on workshops with them.
What is some advice that you would like to share to people out there when it comes to following their dreams?
It is NEVER impossible or too late to follow a dream. You will have so many so make sure to follow them all! My mom is 65 and she recently decided to leave her 25+ year nursing career to move from Chicago to Los Angeles to spend more time with me and start a home health care business. Everyday she reminds me that she’s still not quite sure what she wants to do when she grows up.
What are your socially conscious contributions to your community, and what inspired the idea behind them?
I’m the Community Builder for Yoga Medicine by Tiffany Cruikshank. I’m currently working with our Seva India project participants on ways to fundraise for their trip. Yoga Medicine is highly dedicated to this effort. This trip will raise enough money to keep the Women’s Interlink Foundation and Nabasdisha Project running for a full year and we are working to continue our fundraising efforts after the trip to sustain the organizations for an additional year.
What is your favorite ways/places/classes to get SOCIAL at Wanderlust, and why?
The pool in Squaw Valley is my personal favorite place to meet people. It’s so fun. But also the intimate hikes, concerts, vendors… You talk to everyone the entire time. Nobody’s a stranger at Wanderlust!
How do you feel young dream achievers can benefit from social within the community?
Get involved, take risks and put yourself out there to help. Being of service builds your character so talk to people who share similar interests around you and map out dreams together. Make a plan, become goal oriented and share that plan with the people around you for resources and other ideas. No idea is ever too silly or small to share and cultivate. Plant the seeds of what those dreams are and you’ll be sure to achieve them.
How do you feel young dream achievers can benefit from being social online?
By being inspiring, authentic and compassionate people online. If you put out good vibes then you’ll attract your tribe of like-minded, uplifting individuals that will sincerely support you. Also, you should reach out to the people that inspire you and get involved in their communities as well. The world is so big and through social media you can see that there is limitless opportunities to get involved and to be recognized for your own efforts.
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