We had the good fortune of connecting with Jean Di Carlo-Wagner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jean, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Success is an inside job. Bringing my authentic self to my work is key to my feeling successful. If I am able to support someone is learning a new skill, I feel successful! Modeling authenticity means being imperfectly human. I feel successful when students ask me questions because then I know I am approachable. I’m trying to think about the qualities that are important to me that demostrate I am authentic. I aspire to be kind, honest, communicative, gentle, humorous, compassionate and loving. In yoga, we practice some principles that help us develop authenticity, such as, Satya: Truth. It is a continual process of growth to be a human being.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I’m most proud of is that I put my course online ten years ago, before anyone else was teaching online.The content of the course was developed because when I went to get training to teach yoga for cancer survivors, I couldn’t find any! So, I taught myself how to tape and edit video, upload it! I developed the coursework and training based on my experience during cancer with the lastest research I could find. My course has been taken by yoga teachers in Germany, Italy, England, France, Solvenia, Cambodia, India as well as the USA and Cananda. My students are sincere and intelligent, and many go on to train other yoga teachers. They are really good people doing wonderful work in their part of the world. I have been training for ten years, I consider that success.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego is the best city in the USA! To start out, we would have breakfast at Balboa Park and walk around the beautiful buildings and museums. For lunch, we’d go to “Olde Town” and have Mexican food and shop as tourists. Then sunset at Coronado Beach which has the whitest sand and largest beaches in the area. Nighttime is for Little Italy, and area of the city that is full of restuarants and charming old buildings near the Bay Front. Wake up early for day two, because the animals at The San Diego Zoo eat early and like the cool mornings. After a visit there, eating in Hillcrest’s restuarant district which is not too far. It’s fun to take the ferry to Coronado and bike around the “island” for exercise and fun. The evening at Sunset Cliffs to watch the surfers and eat locally at Hugo’s Cocina. Day Three it’s sneakers and walking sticks to Mission Trails and spotting wildlife along the stream and trails. Working up an appetite, I’d head back to a city neighborhood for lunch at Plumeria’s. There are local shops and parks to walk about City Heights. Since the downtown is minutes away, I’d head over the gaslamp district and check out city vibe. A great place to have breakfast on day four is Cafe Calabria in North Park. I’d hang in the area and shop records, books and vintage clothes. I’d grab the number 2 bus to South Park , the best neighborhood (mine) in the city and have lunch at The Station. There are plenty of local small businesses to check out and after wine tasting, too! A quick change of clothes and dinner at Piacere Mio, the most authentic Italian restuarant in the city. It’s an evening at the outdoor Old Globe Theatre to watch world class actors bring their craft to the stage. Day five is Sea Port Village, though it’s under construction, it’s still worth a walk along the waterfront and sometimes there is live music! And if you are a very good guest, I will take you to a live music festival at Humphrey’s-by-the-Bay! There’s simply too much to do in San Diego. We have wildlife reserves, miles of hiking trails, theatre and music abound. When the world opens up, San Diego should be top on your list!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dear friend and cancer mentor, Suzanne Lindley, was the first cheerleader in my career shift to being a yoga instructor and then a yoga thearpists. She was the first person I spoke with about having colon cancer. She answered the phone day or night and listened to my fears and hopes. When I retired from my 25 year career and didn’t know if would live five years, Suzanne supported my desire to help other cancer survivors through using yoga. I am forever grateful for her belief in me.