Congrats Alyssa!  Alyssa is an outstanding ambassador for MYBO and demonstrates the consistent practice, yogi lifestyle, and willingness to help others that shape a true yogi!

Tell us about yourself!  What does your 9-5 look like?  Where are you from?  What are your hobbies?  What are you passionate about?

I live in Pentagon City with my husband Cesar and our sweet little toy Yorkie, Winston.  I’m a nanny in Crystal City.  I care for the most amazing 11-month-old little girl during the day.

I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Some of my hobbies include traveling, cooking, yoga (obviously), and going out and trying new restaurants.  My husband and I are foodies and DC has some of the best food.  We love going out for tapas and wine.  Clarendon is one of my favorite neighborhoods in this area.  It has everything: really good restaurants and great shops.  Lululemon and Whole Foods are my favorite stores.  As crazy as it sounds, I love walking around Whole Foods.  I could spend hours in there.

I’ve recently gotten really interested in essential oils.  I’ve been reading a lot about how the oils can have an effect on someone and their moods/emotions.

I’m very passionate about my family.  My husband and I hope to start a family soon.  Until then we will continue to focus on our dog Winston.  Since he is so little we like to take him everywhere.  In summer they have these events called “Yappy Hour” at some restaurants, so we love to take him to those.

How long have you been practicing yoga?  What made you try yoga for the first time? 

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2012.  I was living in New Orleans at the time and a friend of mine was talking about going to a Bikram Yoga class.  I was very intrigued.  She ended up not going and I ended up with a monthly membership.  I was hooked.  I loved everything about it.  I felt so amazing after every class and the studio made me feel so welcome.  I completed a 30-day Bikram challenge while I was in New Orleans.  From there I knew I wanted to learn more about yoga, so I guess that’s what really started my yoga journey.  Last summer I did my 200-hour teacher training in DC.

What is your motivation to practice yoga regularly?  What is the biggest physical and/or mental benefit you have noticed from doing yoga?

Since I have been doing yoga regularly  I’ve not only noticed a change in my physical body, but it also encourages me to make other healthy decisions as far as eating habits and such.  Through yoga I am constantly looking for ways to better myself mentally and physically.  I have a mental clarity that I never had before.  I feel a lot more relaxed than I used to be.  And I love that I am always a student to yoga, meaning I am always learning.  There is so much to learn about yoga and I love waking up everyday knowing I will learn something new.

I try to share yoga with my friends and family.  I have gotten a couple friends to come to classes with me.  I love the bond yoga brings to people.  I have also encouraged my aunt to do a teacher training.  She lives in St. Louis and is currently in training.

What do you love most about MYBO?

MYBO is a big family and I really love that aspect.  Everyone welcomed me in with open arms.  When I first started volunteering at the studio everyone went out of their way to get to know me and introduce themselves.  It was the best experience and that’s what kept me coming back.  I love this studio and I have finally found my yoga family and that makes me so happy.  Amanda has not only created a wonderful studio, but also an amazing family.  I am so proud to be part of that family.

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