Hi, friends! I'm oh-so-excited to share the next Celebration Series interview and introduce y'all to my friend, Skylor Powell. This girl is sunshine personified. She radiates so much joy and kindness that I sometimes can't help but wonder, IS THIS REAL LIFE?
It is real life. Skylor is the real deal and being around her makes me want to be a more kind, authentic, peaceful, bad-ass, sincere, powerful and flexible version of myself.
Skylor is the manager (and my favorite instructor!) at Corepower Yoga here in Portland. Just 6 months ago, the idea that I would have a membership at a yoga studio would be laughable. Y'all, I had never been able to touch my toes. I walked in on my first day with a two week free coupon, expecting to be the uncoordinated girl in the back of the room giggling at all the "weird spiritual yoga stuff". I honestly could not have been more wrong.
Practicing yoga has totally transformed the way I view my own health and wellness. Not only is it a great workout (it is), but I leave every class feeling mentally refreshed, refocused, and motivated to actually take care of my body. Not just to look good in yoga pants (ha...), but to feel strong and healthy and powerful. And hey, after 6 months, not only can I touch my toes...I CAN PUT MY PALMS ON THE GROUND. IS THIS REAL LIFE?
Skylor has played a huge role in my newfound love for yoga. Her kind, welcoming and encouraging spirit sets such a powerful example. The wisdom that she shares throughout her classes is invaluable. And her playlists are always on point. :)
Let's get into the interview, shall we?
Give us a quick background on who you are and what you do for work.
On paper, I'm a late 20's female, born in Ohio, educated in psychology via Colorado College and currently dwelling in Portland, Oregon. I manage a yoga studio and teach power vinyasa. In real life, I'm a goofy and (totally) weird social introvert; I love dancing to live music with friends through the night as much as I love practicing yoga and reading solo style for hours.
What about your work brings you the most joy and fulfillment?
I'm incredibly lucky to do what I do. As a manager of a business, numbers are very important as they represent whether or not the business is progressing. But as a manager of a yoga studio, the numbers I look at every day tell me how many people have chosen to prioritize their health and happiness everyday. What brings me joy in my work is the opportunity to tangibly see human beings coming together as a community to value health and wellness.
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
Brene Brown. Steve Jobs. The people I surround myself with each day, like you! Brad Parsons. The strangers that smile at other strangers on the street just because. People with an intention. People who understand the glass doesn't have to be seen as half full, but choose to view it that way anyway.
What has been difficult lately?
What a cool question! We (my partner, my best friend and I) went through a pretty traumatic experience a little while back; we saw a man get hit by car. The week that followed carried such a strange sense of quiet and stillness. Normally I'm very task oriented; there's never enough time to get things done, to spend with people, to succeed. That week I spent less time talking and more time listening. Less time doing and more time being blown away by how fragile life is, and how fortunate we are to live it. I would never wish for that week back! But the sense of stillness and appreciation is something I'd love to find more of in my daily life. It's difficult not to feel entitled each day to abuse life with self made stress and obligation.
What makes you different from everyone else in the world and how does that uniqueness manifest itself in your work and life?
It would be terribly cliche for a yoga instructor to say we're all different, ha! So maybe it's that I want gray hair. We're all going to grow old, no if's and's or buts about it! Wrinkles are signs of laughter. A slow walking pace is recognition that moving fast is often synonymous for discrediting journey. I'll count every gray hair as a trophy for the wisdom and knowledge I've gained along the way.
Tell us about an embarrassing childhood memory.
Going to parades as a kid was fun because you got to collect candy that was thrown from the floats. The 4th of July parade when I was 9 was one of the best; it seemed like my candy pile just kept doubling! I couldn't figure out for the life of me how the younger kid (maybe 6?) next to me could be crying so much when there was candy flying through the air at us. Turns out I wasn't collecting quite as much candy as I thought, I just kept pulling the kid's candy pile next to me into my candy pile. I didn't realize it until his mom asked me to stop. I was so embarrassed for making the kid cry! I felt like such a bully so I gave the kid all the candy I had.
Sky, thank you for sharing your words and wisdom and for turning me into a yogi. I'm so grateful.
Love & Respect,