Hey everyone! I recently had the honour of being interviewed my my friend and yoga student, Ina Plesca, who is the founder of My Mantra Active and New Horizon Escapes. You can view the original interview here, or read below. Ocean Sound Yoga stocks a wide range of My Mantra leggings and bikinis so you can get yourself some high quality activewear while you dive and practice yoga with us in paradise!
Q - So Cynthia you are the queen of many things. You have moved to a tropical island, you have started yoga, opened your own yoga studio, started BBG training, lost a lot of weight & toned up, got featured in many online magazines & it looks like things won't end here. How do you feel about your journey so far?
Q - So tell us more about the young girl, before the island life?
Well, as a kid, I was definitely a loner. I’m an only child and didn’t have many friends so I mostly spent my time with animals - I rode horses from the age of 6 and always had lots of pets. I’ve always had a very strong connection with animals. I was a very high achiever, academically, and was definitely the dorky brainy kid that everyone made fun of. I was really shy (I’m still shy, actually), and socially awkward (also still applicable), and had super frizzy hair, big buck teeth, wore terrible old man style glasses, and was very overweight. Let’s just say I didn’t win any popularity contests.
Q - What does yoga mean to you & how do you apply it to life?
As for how I apply yoga to life, I don’t consider my yoga practice and my daily life to be separate things. Sure, there are times when I am practicing poses on my mat, but I approach my life the way I do my asana practice. I don’t back down from challenges, I push myself to do things that are hard, or scary, I practice letting go of attachment when things don’t work out the way I had hoped or expected, and I give myself the chance to make mistakes and to keep moving forward.
Q: When did you start BBG and how is your exprience with Kayla's programme so far?
I began BBG in early July 2016. Three months prior to that I’d begun resistance training following another guide then decided to give BBG a go, as I’d been following Kayla Itsines, the founder of BBG, for quite a while on social media and was impressed by the transformations of the girls who did her workouts, but even more so by the strong, supportive online BBG community. I’ve now finished two full rounds of BBG and am starting my third. I really love it - it challenges me and continues to develop my athletic ability and overall fitness. It’s definitely changed my body but even more so I’ve gained a new level of confidence and appreciation for my body.
Q - So from start to end, how much weight have you lost & what has been the most challenging thing to get to where you are now?
Q - How do you stay active on the island?
Q - We know you travel a lot. How do you stay active/healthy while travelling?
As for nutrition, I do love to eat fresh and natural foods so I maintain a pretty healthy diet when I travel, but I also love to eat and don’t want to limit myself at all so I am happy to indulge, especially as I find food is such a huge part of getting to know a new part of the world. Anyway, I need the fuel for all my activities!
Q - What's your next fitness challenge?
I’ve developed a huge passion for weightlifting and bodybuilding. That’s where most of my focus is right now, for sure. But I always like to try new things - I’m heading to Australia and Fiji soon and want to see if I can catch my first wave on a surfboard, and I’m also going to be getting back into the saddle in a few months after spending far too long away from horses.