We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Graves and we’ve shared our conversation below.
One of the most rewarding things about getting to know so many entrepreneurs and creatives is seeing first-hand how many of them are focused on so much more than just financial results. So many of the folks we connect with are focused on having a positive social impact on their community or the world at large. Can you talk to us about how you are helping the community?
I discovered yoga eight years ago, or perhaps I ought to say, “yoga discovered me”. The practice of yoga has been my safe place, my sanctuary, my stress relief and my joy. Over the years and to this very day; every time I step on my mat, I leave with an invaluable experience that has helped me grow in numerous ways. As I built a stronger practice through the years, I knew deep down that I was destined to teach yoga. After doing heavy personal development work and healing; in addition to cutting my relationship with alcohol, I enrolled in a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Spring of 2020. Once I finished my yoga teacher training in May 2020, I knew that the world desperately needed connection, community and healing. Therefore, a few months after completing my Yoga Teacher Training, I intuitively knew that I needed to start a yoga business in order to inspire, shape and help my community and the world. Soultry Yoga, LLC was then ignited. My mission and goal of Soultry Yoga is to help people discover the power of yoga through the mind, body and spirit connection; one breath at at time. I want people to know that yoga is accessible to everyone and every “body.” Yoga has the ability to transcend those to a space of healing, growth and oneness. The last few months have been a huge blessing, as the students I have taught through Soultry Yoga have left feeling inspired, grounded and transformed. I also have made Soultry Yoga, LLC a safe space, in allowing those who take my classes to feel safe and secure. Most importantly, I want those whom come to my classes to get a sense of community and connection, as that has been lacking over the last few months. Connection, community and togetherness is so vital. Soultry Yoga, LLC has the power to help change the community and the world one breath at time. Through the ability of tapping into the beautiful power of yoga, it allows not only for self compassion, but compassion for those around them. The world needs more light and love. I strive to foster an environment that allows for love, compassion, togetherness and mindfulness. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”- Patañjali Through Soultry Yoga LLC, I hope to leave a footprint not only on my community, but out towards the world and beyond; through the power of tapping into mind, body and soul. My goal with Soultry Yoga ,LLC is to work in the community by providing yoga to the those in the recovery spaces, in addition to those whom are looking for a safe, creative space to grow.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My life magically started unfolding in so many beautiful ways when I made the decision to stop drinking alcohol. I learned how to have true self love and compassion for myself and others. I began to cultivate pure joy and happiness beyond the bottle. I quickly learned that I was the free spirit I always knew myself to be, without the booze. I decided to take a “month” break from alcohol on December 18, 2018, because deep down I knew that alcohol was no longer serving my higher good. My intent was to give up alcohol for a month, because in my mind, there was no way I could give up alcohol for an extended amount of time. I now stand tall with over 600 days of living free spirited or alcohol free. Honestly, the journey was not easy in the beginning. It was hard as hell. I went through depression and anxiety, crying spells, doubt and hopelessness. However, when I slowly started peeling back the layers though healing; changed my old habits, found a sober friend circle and started seeing my worth. I began a brand on Instagram called Free of Spirits- “Live A Free Spirited”. began my Free of Spirits Instagram in November 2019. I decided to share and document my journey of what it means to be free spirited. My Instagram began to be a place of community, connection, support and inspiration. I began to see the power of sharing my journey and how much I was helping those on this beautiful journey. I also recognized the positive influence that the sober community had on my path as well. During this time, I started getting back into yoga and realized the impact that yoga had on my recovery and free spirited journey. Yoga and meditation gave me all the ” positive feels”. As a yoga practitioner of eight years, I knew that I always dreamed of being a yoga teacher. When I stopped drinking, I began to be more in alignment with my intuition and higher power, therefore, I got a little nudge and something told me, “now is the time to start teaching to help empower those around you through the magic of yoga.” That is when I decided to undergo Yoga teacher training and launch Soultry Yoga, LLC. I now offer in person and online yoga classes, in addition to meditation. My plan is to offer recovery based yoga, meditation and in the near future, I hope to create a program for those looking to abstain from alcohol, where I will incorporate a holistic approach to abstaining from alcohol.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The beaches and hikes here in San Diego are so amazing. I don’t go out much, therefore I enjoy all of the outdoor life that San Diego has to offer. I would take them to my favorite spots, Sunset Cliffs to catch a sunset. I would take them to Ocean Beach I love the vibes at Ocean Beach and all of the amazing souls there, The OB Farmers Market is one of my favorite markets here! I love going out to Harbor Island Park as well and Balboa Park. I would visit Pacific Beach/Mission Beach, show them the boardwalk and perhaps do some bike riding or skate boarding. I surf, therefore I would take them to my favorite surf spot, Tourmaline. We could surf or do some boogie boarding. I would go for a hike, either to Torrey Pines, which has some stellar beach views or Cowels Mountain in Mission Trails. For dining and yummy mocktails, Bo Beau is a really great option, along with Plumeria, which is one of my favorite Thai/Asain vegetarian restaurants here in San Diego. I love a great brunch and really appreciate Breakfast Republic.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate a ShoutOut to my yoga mentor Yesica Rodriquez for being there for me throughout my Yoga Teacher Training experience, From the moment I took one of her classes; I knew that I wanted to learn more about what it meant to be a great yoga teacher through her teaching style and spirit. I appreciate her for taking me under her wing and offering support, wisdom and inspiration throughout my journey. Most importantly, I felt a genuine connection and friendship through her mentorship. Thank you Yesica! I also would like do dedicate this Shoutout to Pilgrimage of Heart Yoga studio here in San Diego, CA, for offering such a great, well rounded training and allowing me to be the yoga teacher I am today. Thank you Jamie and Lauren for providing an invaluable Yoga Teacher Training,
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