Meet Isabelle Abergel! Isabelle received her B.A in Applied Human Sciences in Montreal where she grew up. She discovered yoga when she was twenty-one and has a deep love for the practice. With over 20 festivals under her belt, her work with Wanderlust allows her to combine her two passions: yoga & people. When she is not practicing, you'll always find her with a book and hot tea.
What rocks your bliss?
To inspire people to do the things that inspire them!
Describe your perfect day.
Definitely sleeping in. Then taking a long time to drink lemon water then a tea. My morning yoga practice then meditation. Tacos in Laguna beach with my Fiancee. A fun pilates class (I don't know how it's taken me so long to discover pilates, but I love it). A trip to Whole Foods to make something for dinner, then spend some time reading and thinking. It really is the simple things. My work environment is so fast paced, that slowing down when I can is good for my soul.
When do you feel most creative and alive?
I feel most alive after I've swam in the ocean. Last year I tried to dive into a body of water before every summer festival to reset. It's very healing. I feel most creative when I have space to think on my own. We don't realize how bombarded we are on a daily basis, with questions, meetings, etc. Taking time just to process, and think of long term vision is really important. I'm also lucky to work with some very creative ladies, who inspire me all the time.
Share a huge goal you are rocking.
I don't believe in goals. Locking into a very clear vision is what I need and use to move forward. My man taught me that.
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
Honestly- Montana. I'm doing an ashtanga retreat with Peg Mulqueen, creator of Ashtanga Dispatch and David Keil in September. Combining yoga and nature, even outside of work is clearly what I'm most passionate about ;)
How do you handle setbacks?
I think telling yourself "there is something for us to learn here" helps me. To me it means that whatever the situation is, it isn't happening to me but for me and whoever is involved to learn a new perspective. It can be so challenging and I am always working at it, but I start there. Meditation helps so much, but you really need to be consistent to feel the benefits.
How do you come home to yourself?
If I need to ground myself quickly, I sit in lotus pose on the floor, then I breathe deeply into my pelvis. It gets me out of my head and into my body. If I have more time, practice yoga- always. I can fight it sometimes too, trying to trick myself into believing that "it won't help this time" but without a doubt it always does.
What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?
1- Pausing. Giving myself a chance to feel before reacting
3- Water, healthy diet and exercise (I know that's three but this is the base for a strong body and mind).