Q&A with Abbey Bates

1. What’s your yoga story? (how did you get involved, how long have you been practicing, etc.)

My yoga journey started about six years ago when I still lived in Canada. A friend of mine co owned a studio in my home town and he told me to give it a try, well I absolutely fell in love. I started with hot yoga, classes in a heated room. From the competitive sport I did when I was younger I think my start with heated yoga really helped my body open up and be willing to become flexible. After moving to Dubai I took the opportunity to go to India and do my first teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga. From taking that training I developed my own self practice, and once I returned I was practicing on my own. I have been practicing for six years on and off, but consistently for the past three years.

2. What’s your favourite song to practice to, or favourite playlist?

Some people may find this odd but I can do yoga to literally any type of music. Sometimes I throw on classical, other days I want to listen to old school rap music. My most favourite music to listen to while practicing is chill electronic, my go to playlist is Generationwhy by ZHU.

3. What is something you’ve learned from yoga that resonates with you the most?

Yoga has given me so many things throughout the years of practicing, but what resonates with me the most would be the realization of self worth. Yoga has given me time with myself, mentally and physically, showing how strong I can be on and off the mat.

4. What is your most memorable yoga experience?

There are so many experiences that are memorable to me with yoga, holding a handstand for the first time, or finishing both of my yoga teacher trainings. My most memorable experience isn’t even that out of the ordinary. It was one of my first self practices that I just felt everything click and flow, realizing how much I loved the practice of vinyasa yoga, flowing in and out of postures almost like dancing.

5. What destination is next on your travel list and why?

I have a few trips planned already that I am super excited for. The next destination for me is Kenya, Africa! I am taking advantage of living in Dubai which is central to so many places. I am going to Kenya to go on Safari and see a different part of the world I have always wanted to see, and may not get the opportunity to see again.

6. If you could interview anyone who would it be and why?

If I could interview anyone in the world I would want to interview Joe Rogan. He has a amazing podcast (The Joe Rogan Experience) where he has conversations with so many different types of people. He has such a great take on everything in the world, he also does some yoga, and is a comedian. Who wouldn’t want to have a conversation with a funny, yoga doing, down to earth original person!

7. If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?

I would choose Black Mambo by Glass Animals, just because that is a song I could listen to constantly and never get sick of.

8. If you were on a deserted island, what 3 items would you bring and why?

I would bring a knife, for practical survival reasons, sunglasses because I already live in the desert and hate to go outside in the sun with no eye protection. Lastly I would bring a bar of soap, I hate when my face feels dirty.

9. What’s one food you couldn’t live without?

I could not live without spinach, it is something I eat every single day!

10. What is one quote you try to live by?

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” Rumi. I find this quote is all about embracing who you are and the uniqueness within yourself.

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Danielle Radulski

Danielle Radulski is a social media manager at Yovada who eats, sleeps and breathes everything health, fitness, yoga and wellness. She is also a yoga teacher, avid traveler and major foodie.

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