"Once we start to surround ourselves with people with an attitude of goodness, it starts a chain of love."
What does goodness mean to you?
Goodness means to walk through life with a caring & giving heart and mindset. Seeing the world with empathy and kindness, brings forth a willingness to reach out and help in any way possible, even if it's just a smile.
Where do you find goodness?
Being a Yoga Instructor has opened up my life to so many good hearted people that it is overwhelming. Just the practice of Yoga alone, is one of peace and kindness and my fellow instructors and many of my students can just fill up a room with so much good energy that it is truly a thing of beauty. The work that we do as a Yoga community to help others and heal our planet is truly goodness personified.
"The work that we do as a Yoga community to help others and heal our planet is truly goodness personified."
What do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy being with my family and friends, snuggling with my dogs, teaching yoga, taking yoga, hiking, backpacking, skiing and reading. I LOVE to travel and I love to cook and go to restaurants. I also love good red wine!
What is something that you have seen/read/heard lately that has brought a smile to your face?
Other than trying to focus on happy memories with my dog, my stepson got married a few weeks ago and to see the pure love he held in his face for his future wife as she walked down the aisle towards him is something I won't forget. It was so moving, but I must say that Project Goodness brings me so much joy every time I read a sign that was spotted around the city or a re-post from someone in another state doing the same thing. THIS is exactly what I meant by "bringing forth a willingness to help in any way possible, even if it's just a smile". You do great work Miss Margo...love you to pieces!
What are some ways we can become aware of the goodness in our lives?
I think a really good start is to become involved with some type of volunteer work. Once we start to surround ourselves with people with an attitude of goodness, it starts a chain of love.
"Project Goodness brings me so much joy every time I read a sign that was spotted around the city or a re-post from someone in another state doing the same thing."
After 18 years of owning my own business, raising two beautiful daughters and helping to raise two stepsons, I sold my business, considered myself “retired” and began doing charitable work. I was busier than ever running my household, taking care of my beloved dogs, hiking and practicing yoga… I looked at this as the second chapter of my life and it was pretty good.
Then, my girls surprised me with a Mother-Daughter Yoga Retreat in Palm Springs. After one of our classes, my youngest daughter said, “Mom, you should be a yoga teacher!” My older daughter agreed, but I thought they were really stretching it. I was 50 years old and couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to take yoga classes from someone my age. Some time passed, and I couldn’t get the thought of teaching yoga out of my head. The seed was planted and so the journey began.
I completed 500 hours of teacher certification through Yogaworks and began teaching private lessons in the greater Los Angeles area. I was also inspired to take Yogaworks’ Urban Zen training which teaches Restorative Yoga, incorporating Reiki and Essential Oils. I’ve also completed Level 2 Reiki. Through this process, I have learned more about yoga than I ever knew existed just a few years ago. I am so happy to now be able to pass on the amazing wisdom that has been gifted to me from my training, my mentor, and all of the inspiring teachers I’ve met along the way.
Later in life, many people say things like, “I feel like a 20 year old inside” and “I can’t believe how much time has passed.” Since yoga has become my life, I am so amazed at what this body continues to be capable of at any age, and am eager to spread the awareness. It astonishes me every single day and I truly have never felt better. My mind, body, heart and spirit have changed dramatically with yoga and I can’t wait to share these gifts with my future students.