We had the good fortune of connecting with Paris Barrowclough and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paris, what do you want people to remember about you?
I have this friend, she’s more like family we’ve known each other so long. One day she said to me that I am good at listening to people without judging, mostly because I’ve lived so many types of lives in this one go-round. I think that would be a great legacy to leave. That I was a human who gave other humans the space to be themselves without judgement. In yoga we talk quite a bit about stepping back into the role of observer. We watch the breath, where it falls naturally and where we can guide it. We talk about meeting ourselves and others where we are that day. All of this is about being free from judgement. We all do the best we can with the tools we have in the moment. I want to be remembered as the type of woman who would share my tools I’ve picked up along the way. Others may take what they need, when they need it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I truly believe that every person on this planet has a unique and interesting story. My professional story is definitely still evolving. After receiving my 200hr yoga teacher certification I started teaching in studios a few times a week and I really liked it. The best part was getting to know people on an individual level, not just being a figure in front of a group. I liked seeing the changes in people who came in not not knowing anything about yoga and suddenly were getting excited about new poses or managing their breath. When Covid- 19 came along and studios closed, I shifted my business to my own, setting up Zoom classes and workshops. I did a few fun collaborations with other teachers and artists. But, after a while that lost it’s magic. People weren’t coming to class and I was having a hard time finding new students. So I stopped and went back to the drawing board. I am currently studying Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University. Once certified I will be able to dive deeper into that one-on-one connection I believe people need so much.
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?
I grew up right here in Ocean Beach, so I would have to say this would be the starting point for any good SD tour. A walk down Newport Ave, a vegan burger from Hodad’s, and and ice cream of Lighthouse would lead us right to the beach. You cant beat just sitting in the sand and watching the waves. Jumping in if its warm enough and just feeling the water sway you, the ocean is really all you need. I realize as I write this, how much of what I want to share with people is food. Coffee at the Old Town House or Margarita’s , a maple bar from OB Donuts, a beer on the top floor at Sunshine. A sandwich from Chris’ Liquor and walk to dog beach is perfect. People watching at the Tilted Stick and then grabbing vegan Carne Asada Fries from Litiquor’s to chow at home is also one of my favorite things to do. If you feel the need to get out of OB, over the hill to Shelter Island is always nice. Maybe a pop in to Harbor Town Pub. You cant visit San Diego without seeing the sea lions in La Jolla, and going down into the Cave Store so I guess that’s next. Old town is on the itinerary for sure. Lunch at Casa Guadalajara and a walk through the cigar shop. Maybe this after we get a different view from the top of Cowles Mountain. If Tango Del Rey is open, an evening there is never wasted. Dancing will always make my list of to-do’s in any city. Finally, a bonfire at Fiesta Island. Bring the smore’s and take off your shoes. Heaven on Earth, Other than that, I say just go where the wind takes you. Sometimes the best way to travel is just to pick a direction and see what you find. I’m sure there are plenty of places I haven’t even seen yet.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my friend Sabrina. I have never laughed, cried, fought, or loved and not shared it with her for over 25 years. She inspires me daily to be the best version of myself. From one Empress to another, keep rocking the boat.
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