One of the greatest feelings is in the world is being able to turn what you love into a thriving business, Emma Barr is one of the lucky ones. Her love of the beach, yoga, travel and fashion inspired her to start Yogi.Peace.Club. Here she tells us what led her to starting her own business and what balance means to her. We are so excited to welcome Emma to the Twosixmag Community!
Tell us a little about you…
My Hometown is Jan Juc where I live with my husband and two gorgeous children Taz 8 and Indiana 3.
I grew up by the beach and have always had an interest in the Yogic lifestyle and philosophies. I practice Yoga everyday and I am studying a Diploma of Hatha yoga to be a qualified Yoga Instructor.
My loves in life are simple – my family, the beach, yoga, anything tropical, happiness, health, friends and fashion.
Much of my design experience comes from working within the surf industry, where I have worked for the past 15 years. Creating Yogi Peace Club has given me the opportunity to express the things I love in design.
I am surrounded by so many influential and talented people. So many of my peers are successful designers and entrepreneurs, and others are just super stylish friends that inspire me with their wardrobes.
Can you tell us about your journey to wellness? What led you to Yoga and ultimately to aspiring to teach?
Living in Torquay and being healthy is just a way of life. My friends are yogis, surfers, runners, pilates obsessed, beach lovers. Torquay is also overflowing with delicious healthy option eateries to complement the lifestyle. It is where I live that encourages the wellness aspect.
I never intended to teach yoga. At the beginning of the course, my intention for studying was to have a deeper understanding of yoga, however as time has progressed I want to share the benefits of yoga and teaching will be a wonderful way to fulfill this desire.
Have you always been mindful of your own health and wellbeing?
I have always had a passion for health and well being through conscious eating and exercise.
After having two beautiful children I decided to get back into some serious fitness, which in turn caused a severe back injury. However this was a blessing, as it lead me to yoga. Much of my rehabilitation was through yoga. My core strength is now the most important part of my yoga practice primarily to protect my back. Now I am the strongest I have ever been.
What does balance mean to you?
I am always balanced after yoga, good sleep, good food, and when I am with my family.
I also need the physical side of yoga daily even if it’s just a few sun salutations.
We have a tropical garden so spending time in the garden is energizing and seeing growth in the garden is fulfilling, rewarding and balancing.
What are the most meaningful things you’ve experienced so far?
Listen to your instinct (and music), keep things simple, be authentic and don’t give up.
3 surprising things about you?
- Obsessed with Smoothies, Juices and Acai Bowls. I have a cold pressed juicer and a ninja so I am always experimenting with smoothies.
- Back bends make me happy. Its strange how different asanas can affect you physically and also emotionally. I always feel great after back bending.
- I had my first real coffee just over a year ago….and now I am a little hooked! Just one a day.
Who are your current 5 favourite instagrammers?
@yogapatch – muse for yogi peace club, yoga teacher from Torquay. Ambassador for Yogi Peace Club.
@fakander – yoga teacher from Melbourne travels between Bali Sweden, London. Love her yogi beach style
@iza_goulart – super mode,l super fit inspo. Those legs! That hair!
@masonrosephoto – he loves palm trees as much as me!
@nakedtreaties – Byron Bay fav cafe
Lastly. Do you have a life philosophy or favourite quote?
Simple – “Do what makes you happy and have a go”.
As John Lennon once said “Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.”
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