Instructor Series – Paige

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Find out what made Paige become an instructor at Wheel House, where she spent a year abroad in her mid twenties, and her favorite position in yoga!  Paige is a fierce yoga instructor who has logged well over 500 hours of yoga and while she may be on the shorter size, she is full of energy and packs a punch when it comes to personality.  Paige took the time to answer thoughtfully, and personally really allowing us to get to know who she is and what she finds to be sentimental.

 

Outside of the studio where can we find you on a typical day?

On a typical day off, I love to be outdoors (usually with my husband) doing a number of activities: hiking, fishing, lounging on beaches; so long as we’re outdoors enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer, then I’m a happy camper!

What do you do for work?

I’m logging hours at my day job as Manager, Sales Operations at Achievers which is an HR Tech company specializing in Employee Recognition. Our platform has a running newsfeed of peer-to-peer recognitions given that align with our company values. It’s pretty great to be recognized for our contributions in real-time!

What people can expect from your class?

My approach is playful and knowledgeable, while keeping the focus on the individual needs of my students. My goal is to break down seemingly hard asanas to make them accessible to people of varying levels and I promise one thing; challenging classes that will make my students sweat!

Favorite pose in yoga?

I love any and all inversions and arm balances! I love the challenge; the need to be strong yet flexible and that they require us to be absolutely in the moment. The second your mind wanders, BOOM! inevitably you will face plant or fall.

If you could travel one place in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?

I want so badly to visit Bora Bora and stay in an over water hut for a week or two. I would bring my yoga mat, several books, turn off my electronics and bliss out. For me, being in Bora Bora is the epitome of checking out of the constant buzz of our overly connected world and soaking up the beauty our world has to offer.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Resilient. Energetic. Loving.

What’s your all time favorite food?

My all-time favorite food is ice cream! The way to my heart is definitely by the scoop.

What made you want to teach here?

After being a student of Wheel House for several months, I knew I wanted to teach here because the community is so welcoming. I instantly loved that every one of my needs was met from having a healthy snack in the lobby before or after class to hair ties in the locker room and all the yoga props I could imagine. Wheel House thought of and provided everything I needed to make the experience a positive one while also offering kick ass yoga teachers to keep me challenged.

What is on your coffee table or bedside table?

On my nightstand you can always find the current book I’m reading, my iPad mini, and chapstick.

Who was your best teacher?

My best teacher is Tiffany Cruikshank, whom I’ve studied with since 2011 having earned my 200- and 500-hour certification from. If you ever have the opportunity to take her classes, I highly recommend it!

What is or was your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is waking up one day and looking back on a life that has passed me by because I was too busy working; living up to someone else’s expectations. I consistently remind myself to live for ME, today and in this moment, to enjoy every day as the precious gift it truly is.

Favorite season?

Summer is by far my most favorite season. I love being outdoors soaking up the sunshine.

What 3 things are always in your gym bag?

I always always carry a fresh pair of socks, a stick of deodorant, and a notebook with pen. You never know when inspiration will hit for classes!

What advice would you give to a younger you?

Be confident; stop second guessing yourself because nobody has it all figured out.

life changing moment so far?

At 25, I had a major life crisis. I was working a dead end corporate job, living in Portland, Oregon, and generally feeling lost without knowing what I wanted out of life. One day, I’d had enough. I quit my job, sold all of my worldly possessions, and bought a one-way ticket to Madrid, Spain. I lived in Spain for nearly a year, indulging in anything and everything. That year taught me more about life and myself than I could have ever imagined. I eventually returned to the U.S. as a new person full of life, love, and passion—unwilling to settle for mediocrity.

Best gift you ever received?

When my husband and I were first dating, he was out of the country for my birthday. Because he knew he would be missing the big day he packed up three of his t-shirts, sprayed them with his cologne, and wrote the sweetest card. Tears sprung to my eyes immediately at how thoughtful he was. I slept in those shirts every night until he returned from his two-month trip.

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