Interview with Lauren Rudick
Founder of Yoga Academy International
Lauren Rudick is an internationally celebrated yoga instructor, surfer, puppy snuggler, fearless eater, travel blogger and writer. She has studied, taught and practiced yoga across 6 continents and over three-dozen countries. She has been teaching and practicing yoga for over a decade inspiring thousands to live passionately with authenticity and joy. Lauren’s world renown yoga retreats and teacher trainings have received international praise and have landed her features in Women's Health Magazine, Disfunkshion and Optymyz Magazine. Her outspoken honesty and commitment to truth have landed her as a guest on several podcasts and radio shows From Atlanta to Australia. Lauren recently founded Yoga Academy International, a school to revolutionize the field of yoga. Her goal in creating this institution is to raise the standard of education in yoga around the world. You can join Lauren's adventures via instagram and Facebook.
Andrew: What is the #1 thing you do to maintain your health??
Andrew: Where is your favorite place in the world?
Lauren: I have traveled to over 50 countries. I could not possible pick a favourite. My favourite places are ones where I remember to believe in magic, when I am reminded to be curious and when I see whimsy. Anywhere that I can stargaze, swim in a warm ocean, go skinny dipping where plankton glows, smell a cedar forest, lay on moss, bathe in geothermal hotsprings, eat delicious food, walk with wonder and feel touched by mother nature is my favorite place.
Andrew: Beach or Mountains?
Lauren: Depends, am I snuggling?
Andrew: Was there one moment or event that set you on track for a healthy lifestyle?
Lauren: Yes. I was partying, a lot. I crashed emotionally and mentally and realized how unsustainable that was and how unhappy it made me. I committed to moving, eating and living in a way that would nourish my soul.
Andrew: What ONE thing would you recommend everyone should do daily?
Lauren: Practice gratitude before bed.
Andrew: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Lauren: The ocean, the forest, my dog, instagram sometimes (less so lately it has gotten so competitive and the algorithm is making it suckier), Oprah's Super Soul conversations, lots of wellness entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders and my meditation practice.
Andrew: Can you sum up your philosophy on health in one sentence?
Lauren: Be kind; to yourself, to your body, to others. Move, live and breathe in a way that nourishes yourself, mind, body and soul. Act in as an example to inspire others to make positive changes in their lives.