THAT YOGI: MORGAN HALEY

Depending on where you are the world and what society you are part of, you may experience a wide variety of attitudes and culture towards work, how much you should work and to what degree work defines your life.

On one extreme, some cultures emphasise that work is everything, anything other than work is a distraction. This can be very rewarding when it comes to productivity, but often it is to the detriment of ones mental or physical well being. Other cultures prioritise other aspects life to be as important or more important than work. Things like family, friends, food, music, art, culture. Developing ones physical, mental and emotional sides.

Of course this is enjoyable, but what about being productive? Is there a balance? Are there ways where we can work hard but not let work take over? Are there ways we can enjoy life and capture moments, and yet still pursue ambitious dreams?

Join us as we meet some Third Culture people around the world who strive to find a balance between working hard for their dreams, and yet still taking the time to take care of their physical and mental well being and live in the moment.

MORGAN HALEY | Founder of AbAsanas

by RECKLESSRED-OM, Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

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Tell us about your background and where you’re from.
I’m originally from up north in Pennsylvania, and come from a large family of 9. I’m the oldest of 7 siblings and my mom homeschooled all of us growing up..

Where do you live? How have you made your home your own?
I’ve lived in Louisville, Kentucky since I was around 8 years old. I used to hate it when I was younger, and felt like we lived in the middle of no where. Now I love the feel of southern hospitality, down-to-earth people and the general peacefulness of this state. It’s a great place to return to after loads of traveling and probably somewhere I’ll always call home.

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I’m a very minimalistic person. Clutter stresses me out.
When I first moved into my apartment I had my dog, my mattress and my yoga mats. You can ask my friends – when they’d come over to eat we’d unroll mats and sit on the floor, haha. I’ve definitely acquired some furniture since then, but I do like to keep it as simple as possible and utilize my space for yoga as much as I can.

How have you seen the Kentucky Yoga scene evolve over the years?
I began yoga here three years ago. Over those years I’ve seen dozens of new studios open, and really hone in on WHAT the community needs. Classes for trauma, or anxiety or prenatal or athletes. The teachers are recognizing where there’s a need and taking action. It’s pretty heart warming to witness.

How do you describe your personal style? How does it evolve and change?
Oh man. I tell people I’m a dabbler. I never stay practicing one style for too long. I like to keep my muscles and body guessing – and honestly can give that credit to the shape I’m in now. I usually switch up my routine once every 6-8 weeks. I also love to mix in acrobatics, rock climbing and circuit work with my regular yoga practice.

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Why did you pick Rose Quartz and Serenity Yoga Mat?
I’ve always been drawn to neutral tones my entire life. As a person who is naturally quite anxious and overthinks most situations, I find grounding in soft, solid colors.

What do you think of our yoga mats? What kind of practice would you use it for?
I love the soft and spongy feel of your mats. I’m not necessarily a hot yoga person – so I love practicing smooth, transitional movements on your mats because my toes and fingers don’t get hindered by sticky rubber. It’s also nice for a slow and gentle yin practice to be able to relax and sink into the mat.

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Do you have hair tips or favourite hair styles ideal for a yoga practice?
I have crazy long, curly hair. Aussie Freeze Spray is a lifesaver for me – although probably not the most organic or eco-friendly product on the market. I do try to only wash my hair once every 3-4 days just to let the natural oils my scalp produces keep my mane healthy. Lots of my friends have designated my hair style as the ‘Morgan Bun’ because it’s always just thrown into a giant, messy knot on top of my head.

Your favourite “yoga pose” (If you had to only pick one)?
Well that’s easy. A handstand, duh.

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Tell us about your career and how/why you became a yoga teacher.
Honestly – my current career just got dropped into my lap when my following on Instagram went from 150 to 100k in under a year. I started by posting progress pictures of my yoga journey and people really latched onto the content I was providing. After I realized how massive of a tool IG could be for reaching people around the globe, I decided to release my first ebook. That was when I knew it would be a smart move to pursue my 200 hour YTT and understand the traditions and alignment of yoga more in depth. My lifestyle is literally a dream come true and I try not to take a day of it for granted. None of it would be possible without the massive support I have from people worldwide.

Do you recommend partners to practice yoga together?
I don’t think a partner is necessary unless you are doing Acroyoga or just want the company. Personally, when I’m on my mat I completely zone out and tune into my breath and body. Most of the time, unless I’m in a class, practicing with a friend or partner is quite distracting for me.

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Tell us about AbAsanas and how it all started. Where it is now and how you’d like it to grow?
Coming from a very athletic background, I’ve always believed core strength is the foundation to any efficient and well-rounded lifestyle. Whether you are in the gym or in a yoga studio, most skills and postures stem from your core. I wanted to offer a product that didn’t just ‘give people a six-pack’ or an aesthetically pleasing stomach, but that really tapped into finding and utilizing the deep core strength we all posses. What began with one ebook shot in the basement of my first home, has now been updated and expanded, and a second more advanced ebook added to the collection. I love hearing people’s success stories and seeing progress photos after using my guide consistently. One of the best things about social media is instantly helping and connecting humans from around the world.

 

 

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Follow Morgan Haley for your daily yoga inspo:
@the_southern_yogi@Ab_Asanas, www.thesouthernyogi.com

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