We had the good fortune of connecting with Dana Lagomarsino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dana, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking. Even just the words can evoke that visceral guttural feeling within, and I know that’s when I’m doing something right. Once I understood that fear-producing guttural jabs are just our body’s natural hormonal reaction to risk-taking, I discovered that using tools of introspection, movement, and touch helped me manage these feelings. With each risk I’ve taken, including going through the experience of marrying the love of my life myself, I’ve learned that behind that feeling of fear is my truth. It’s my gut telling me: “hell yasss”. Marrying someone is like taking a risk. It is a beautiful leap of faith, which can cause those feelings of fear. This is why Just Lago offers positive transformative experiences including yoga, our bridal wellness coaching program, and massage therapy alongside our hair and makeup services to relax our Brides-to-be before their wedding day. We aspire to shift bridezillas into chillzillas before they walk down the aisle.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
After all of these years following my passions both in the scientific and creative fields, Just Lago is a culmination of all of them. This harmony between beauty and wellness happened organically at such a young age for me that I’ve supported and promoted eco-conscious brands, products, and healing modalities for over 15 years. I’m so elated that this standard of consciousness is now being promoted within our communities and media, and I’m proud that Just Lago supports this awakening. Was it easy? Of course not. It’s taken me years to understand what I wanted to put out into the world. After traveling to almost 20 countries a lot of them being developing nations, I realized that my fears are trivial. This is why now more than ever that when I’m faced with any risks evoking fear that I’m able to look past myself and deeply appreciate the opportunities I have. This helps me stay positive and shift into possibility. Face your fears. Listen to your gut. And take risks in life and love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Self-realization Center on the coast of the city of Encinitas: an incredible succulent garden on top of the ocean cliffs. This garden filled with coy ponds and incredible plants encourages silence to support a space for meditation and repose. Glen Ivy: a hot springs spa just north of San Diego. Perfect for relaxation and celebrations. El Camino: a Mexican restaurant in Little Italy. You can eat and drink under the night sky on their open balcony out back while you watch planes fly by above you. Downtown Carlsbad: vibrant shops and delicious restaurants blocks from the beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my partner who gives with all of his heart. Shoutout to my family who inspires me to do my best with everything I do. Shoutout to my sisterhood tribe of amazing women who inspire me every day. Shoutout to my dance teacher who taught me that we could “outdance” the shit out of anyone. Shoutout to my teacher, a horse whisperer who taught me the subtleties and beauty within creatures that are reflected within each and every one of us. Shoutout to all of my doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, cranial-sacral therapists and yoga instructors who taught me how to heal and rehabilitate my body. Shoutout to my dance therapist who taught me how to release my past and stay grounded for the future. Shoutout to positive and enlightened speakers out there who are spreading good vibes all over the world. Shoutout to you who is reading this, because I’m so grateful for your presence and support.
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