We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Sallie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
A book that’s made a major impact on my life is The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. This was the book I was reading right before I moved to SoCal on my own from New York City. At the time I’d just left a toxic and abusive relationship of almost 5 years. I was rediscovering who I was, and I was itching to move out of the city, with no clue of where I’d go next. Right before purchasing the book, I took a one way flight to Los Angeles to visit my best friend. While I stayed with her, I knew there was more for me to explore and experience. The idea of fully immersing oneself in a new journey was mesmerizing, and it seemed to coincide with where I was in my own life. The protagonist allowed himself to be present in each new step of his journey. He also let the journey shape itself over the course of the book, instead of trying to be “in control” . It was so relatable as I found myself making new decisions for myself, instead of falling back into the life that I thought I was “supposed” to have. The story resonated with me as I randomly decided to book a trip to San Diego without knowing anyone there, it stayed with me as I wandered around the city on my own, and it held on as I realized I’d finally found “the” place I was meant to be. The Alchemist inspired me and gave me the confidence to move to San Diego a month and a half after that weekend trip with only one suitcase and a carry on. The book was monumental in my growth – helping me realize it was okay to detach from the past and be open to the endless possibilities of the future. It is still one of my favorite books to this day.
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 own and operate V Sallie Yoga, and the primary goal is to make yoga accessible for all bodies. I want to help de-stigmatize any pre-conceived ideas that yoga is for a certain race or group. There are so many health and wellness benefits that can stem from starting a yoga practice, and I share them with beginner and intermediate yogis. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but I’ve overcome the challenges by accepting them! Consistency and practicing what I preach are the biggest lessons I’ve learned. Remembering why I love what I’m doing makes it easier to share with others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Due to COVID, there’s not much getting out now, but when life can safely open up again I’d really recommend going to Ocean Beach for vibes. One of my favorite places to eat and do yoga is Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla, and you can’t go wrong with Balboa Park. For food, you can always find something good at Liberty Station (you could maybe even catch a good spin class at Sparkcycle!), and for Italian food head over to Little Italy. There’s also really good ice cream at Salt & Straw.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shout out to all of the people that I’ve met and that have shown me love throughout my journey. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am in life without them. I’m grateful to my parents, my best friends, the organization “BTS: Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence”, yoga instructors that helped ignite my passion for wellness, and everyone I’ve been blessed to call a friend that I’ve met in Southern California.
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