We had the good fortune of connecting with Mayela Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mayela, how does your business help the community?
We share yogic practices to expand the awareness of the self in the present moment. These practices reconnect us with the flow of life and Mother Earth. By acknowledging that we are part of the Earth, we start to take care of her instead of hurting her and to give something back, not just taking.
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?
I’ve been the school director for 10 years now, and one thing I’m sure about at this point is that the school has been evolving since we first opened it. With evolution came challenges and transformation, a lot of challenges, if I’m being honest. Mistakes were made, but we also acquired knowledge. The biggest lesson for me is that you need to be open to learning from what comes up, good or bad, and you’ll grow in a way that you’d never imagined before, at least that has been my experience.
I recently changed our name and branding to be more aligned with what is taught at the school, and to incorporate my design and illustration background. We used to call it a yoga studio but now it’s a yoga school because we teach people how to practice yoga. I believe this sets the school apart from others in town because we incorporate yoga philosophy, meditation, singing, and a lot more things into our classes.
I’m really happy and excited that, after 10 years of teaching, next spring (2022) I will be offering the first Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at the school. I’m thrilled to share the knowledge I got from my teachers in a different setting. I mean, what could be more exciting than keeping teaching yoga all my life, right?!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start in my neighborhood, La Cacho. I really love how La Cacho has changed in recent years, lots of cool places to eat, shop, or just walk. This is why I moved the school here.
First thing, a morning walk around the neighborhood, a quick stop for coffee or tea at Electric Coffee Roasters. From there some vegan tacos for breakfast at Tacon Veggie.
Going to El Centro is a must. Walk around the different Pasajes and, if my friend fancies a record, we’d visit La Ciruela Eléctrica. Walking makes you thirsty and hungry and for a delicious vegan meal, I would go to Inspiración 9. And of course, you can’t forget dessert, the best vegan pastries in town are Lovegano (yes, you got me, I’m a vegan 😉
I would end the day at the beach, eating delicious vegan pastries with the sunset.
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 this Shoutout to my teachers and mentors at The Jivamukti Yoga Method, thanks for bringing light into the darkness, my heart will always be connected with yours. Also to my family for the love and support, even though my decisions in life might seem crazy, you guys never step back.
Adorebe & Cecilia Rodríguez