Justine Malick

Meet Justine Rae Malick! Justine is a yoga teacher, a Pilates instructor, a daughter, a sister, a dreamer & an avocado lover. She is inspired by movement and the body. And in all honestly, she's never been able to really sit still. Justine started walking super early (at 8 months old) and hasn't stopped moving since . . . She grew up in LA and was a competitive figure skater for over 10 years (yes! there are actually several ice rinks in Southern California). After 7 years away, Justine came back to LA la land and is stoked to be a part of the team as a teacher & Social Media Editor at Wanderlust Hollywood

What rocks your bliss? 

Travel. The more I see, the more I want to see. I've lived in lots of different places: LA, Santa Barbara, Rome, Paris, Melbourne. Nothing makes me happier than meeting new people & exploring and immersing myself in all of the different cultures and ways of being. 

Describe your perfect day.

Wake up early, have a cup of hot water & snuggle the dog at my parents house in LA Go to Eddie's class at Yoga Soup in Santa Barbara. Grab coffee with friends (and maybe a croissant) at The French Press coffee shop down the street from the studio. Head to farmers market and stock up on lots of fruit & produce and fresh bread for the week // make an epic salad + frittata lunch with all the yummy market goodies. Hike the Na'apali coast in Kauai (my favorite trail in the entire world). Jump in the ocean. Rendezvous for dinner with Aussie friends at Radhey Kitchen & Chai Bar, sweet little hole-in-the-wall Hare Krishna gem; it's just down the street from where I used to live in Melbourne. Lay out on some blankets in Paris for an evening dessert picnic so we can sit and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle in the dark night sky. Arrive back in LA just in time for a cup of ginger tea before bed.  

When do you feel most creative and alive? 

When I'm sequencing. The Wanderlust/Kula style of sequencing a yoga class is challenging me in the best way possible. It's so much fun to roll around on my mat and workout the various transitions and flows.  

Share a huge goal you are rocking.

Fully settling into LA. It's my first time living here as an adult and it's a huge adjustment. Working towards and looking forward to figuring out what my new teaching schedule will look like! 

If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going? 

North shore Kauai. My best friend and I took a trip there a couple years ago and it's one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I've ever been. Can't wait to hike and swim and surf (I don't know how to surf) and explore and wander and play. 

How do you handle setbacks?

Setbacks are a process. I'm grateful to be surrounded by an incredible support system of family & friends. I firmly believe that asking for help is a symbol of strength. So I do. I get opinions, advice, and hugs from the people who know me the best and love me the most. More often than not, with time and the help of others, I've been able to re-adjust my perspective in such a way that enables me to realize that the setback was not actually a setback after all...it was simply an opportunity to change direction. 

How do you come home to yourself? 

Yoga. And the majority of the time, coming home to myself includes movement. There's nothing I find more centering & grounding than core work. Pilates in particular is excellent for this because it requires presence and physical & neurological connection to one's core {or center}. Other times, coming home to myself simply means taking a full breath. Reconnect with breath, reconnect with body. 

What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?

1) Epsom salt baths ::: As a figure skater, I used to take Epsom salt baths as a part of recovery while I was in training -- i.e. when my body was super sore from a particularly rough week or after a major fall. And to this day, I appreciate how therapeutic and relaxing it can be for my nervous system. Also, lately I've been adding in a couple drops of essential oils (lavender is my favorite) . . . pure heaven. 

2) Sacred morning time ::: One of my favorite things ever is to take myself to breakfast at a coffee shop, and I try to do this at least once a week. I sit with my notebook or my computer and check in with myself. Sometimes that means catching up on emails, other times that means writing articles on various topics or creating lists (I'm a serious list maker) of ongoing goals & dreams. 

3) Nails ::: they're (almost) always done. I once read that it's psychologically proven that if you look down and see a pretty color, then it boosts your endorphins. I have no idea if this was from a reliable or reputable source, but I do stand-by it as being totally true. It's the little things. Live the little things. 

website: justinemalick.com

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