Hillary Wright is a 500 Hour E-RYT who travels the globe teaching yoga.
Hillary truly loves being a student of yoga, maintaining a daily practice, and has completed over 800 hours of training to date. She has traveled to many countries to teach and has taught in many cities across the US, as well.
Hillary encourages her students to work from within during their practice.
The inner dialogue we hold is a powerful conversation, she encourages kindness with yourself and with others.
Hillary lives by the motto, “it doesn’t matter how many chaturangas you can do if you’re not a nice person once you get off your mat.” When Hillary is not traveling, she resides in Manhattan with her husband and their two cats.
Your Personal or Professional Goals:
The goals for my life are always changing, and evolving. The common theme for all of my goals is this: to impact as many people with positivity and kindness as possible.
Whether those people are young, old, fit, unhealthy, rich, poor, it doesn’t matter to me.
I want to help people feel good about the life their living, and band together to create positive change in the world.
Why did You Become an Instructor:
From the day I began my yoga practice, I knew there was more to it than what you could see on the surface. I loved it.
I quickly realized that as a teacher, you are given a platform, and with that platform you have the power to impact someone’s day, and maybe, occasionally, someone’s life.
I realized that with this platform I could empower those around me to live their best lives, to not only practice yoga, but practice kindness.
My dad always said, “If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.”
Thankfully, I listened to him, and am now happy to be doing what I love every single day.
Where do You Teach:
I travel the world teaching yoga for an amazing company, Global Yoga Shala. When I am home I teach private, corporate and group classes as well.
What Do You Teach:
I teach many styles of yoga, but primarily Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as well as Vinyasa Flow. I also teach 200 Hour and 500 Hour Teacher Trainings across the globe.
Who/What Inspires You:
I am most inspired by my students. I’m inspired when I see them try something new, dedicate themselves to the practice of yoga, and find challenge in the practice. I am honored to be a part of their transformation, to watch people grow, to watch them get on their mats day after day. ‘
That pushes me to not only be a better teacher, but to be a better student. To further my own practice. The cold mornings when sleeping in would be easier than getting on my mat, I think of them, having the same battle, and know they’re practicing, so I should too.
It’s inspiring to connect with so many whether they are new to yoga, advanced students, those from all walks of life, and from all over the world. It’s enough inspiration to last a lifetime. I am so thankful for each and every one of them.
There are two causes that are very near and dear to my heart, that I have been very involved with over the past several years. The first is animal rescue, particularly Dallas Pets Alive, a team of unpaid, overworked, saints working tirelessly to save homeless dogs and cats in the Dallas Area. Although I have now relocated from Dallas to New York, this amazing team deserves as much support and recognition as they can get.
The second is bringing yoga and meditation into schools.
The ability to have an impact on our youth is the biggest opportunity and service that we can do in this lifetime. The opportunity to give these kids coping mechanisms for which to handle life is imperative.
The practice of yoga, meditation and breathing can change a life. Encouraging kids to use these tools instead of turning to drugs, alcohol, unhealthy food, or the multitude of others that many do, can change the future of youth around the world.
Your Favorite Quote:
“Let everybody work out their own vision of this universe, according to their own ideas. Injure none, allow people their way; take a person where he or she stands, and, if you can, lend a helping hand and put them on a higher platform, but do not injure and do not destroy. All will come to truth in the long run.” – Swami Vivekananda
Full interview here: http://blog.sivanaspirit.com/hillary-wright/