Molly O'Neill

Meet Molly. After twelve years on the east coast Molly made her way home to California. Molly's an ultra-talented yoga teacher whose yoga doesn't take place just on her mat. One of her favorite things to do is be in nature, taking off for regular camping trips in Northern California. And though her practice is super strong (hello perfect handstands!), she prioritizes self care in her practice. Be sure to check in on one of her yoga classes if you are in LA. 

What Rocks Your Bliss?
For me, rocking my bliss is all about the little things. It’s a constant practice of being present and enjoying every moment, whether it’s stopping to listen to birds sing while I’m walking my dogs, or being absorbed in the sights and smells and sounds of cooking dinner. It’s about making the most of every human interaction, taking the time to make eye contact and smile and offer an opportunity for connection. And it’s definitely about offering love in every direction. What you receive back is always magnified a hundredfold.

Describe your perfect day.
Get up early (but not too early), go to yoga, have a nice breakfast with my boyfriend, do something outdoorsy - hiking or chilling at the beach - and then head to the farmers market to pick up some great produce to cook dinner at home. We’d definitely need to have a little bit of cheese and sparkling wine in there somewhere!

Share a huge goal you are rocking.
A year and a half ago, I decided I wanted to leave the east coast and move back to California to teach yoga full-time. Since then, I’ve moved to LA, finished my 300-hour teacher training, started working for some amazing companies, and finally quit my part-time job to dedicate all of my efforts to yoga. My next big goal is training other teachers. I envision buying a house somewhere on the West Coast where I can grow most of my own food, foster and rescue more dogs, and travel several times a year to share what I’ve learned in retreats and workshops and trainings.

If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
Realistically, Northern California to visit family and go camping. Idealistically, Spain and Italy and Southern France.

How do you handle setbacks?
I try not to get too attached to outcomes from the get-go so I can flow with whatever the universe offers up. A lot of my work is understanding that I’m right where I need to be, regardless of how it looks or feels, and living with as much grace as I can muster in that place. If something really feels out of alignment, I meditate for clarity, for trust, and for receptivity to creative solutions. Then I get proactive - doing research, making lists, reading and listening to podcasts that might offer some insight. Service is also a great way to take my focus outward. I’m fortunate that in teaching yoga, I get to practice seva every day, and helping my students always makes me feel better.

3 ways you rock the self LOVE.

1. Treating my body well. Whether it’s prioritizing kindness in my yoga practice (with props and modifications), getting a good night’s sleep or eating great food, I love to show myself love!

2. Surrounding myself with positive people. It takes work to nurture good relationships, but it’s so worth it.

3. Forgiving myself when I slip up. If I do something I’m not proud of, I apologize (to myself or someone else), try to figure out why it happened, then move on. 

Link:  http://mollyoneillyoga.com
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