Interview with Missy Kai
Founder of Missy Kai Yoga Sanctuary
Missy runs her own private yoga therapy studio full time in West Los Angeles, called "Missy Kai Yoga Sanctuary." Missy specializes in helping busy professionals and injured athletes improve mobility, relieve pain, and reduce stress through creating personalized yoga routines. Her 500+ hours of formal training include injury rehabilitation, biomechanics, functional movement, physiology, psychology, Ayurveda, mindfulness, trauma, neurology, and many other areas.
You can read more about Missy's experience, training, and certifications here:
Andrew: What is the #1 thing you do to maintain your health?
Missy: Keep a well-rounded and structured health routine which is completely personalized to me!
Andrew: Where is your favorite place in the world?
Missy: Curled up in a blanket by a fire with someone I love in a lakeside mountain forest cabin, basically anywhere I feel secure, warm, comfortable, connected, and at ease.
Andrew: Beach or Mountains?
Andrew: Was there one moment or event that set you on track for a healthy lifestyle?
Missy: I was diagnosed with an autoimmune digestive condition at 13. I didn't know or realize it at the time, but that set me on a lifelong journey of learning about the human body and how to keep it in balance using holistic methods.
Andrew: What ONE thing would you recommend everyone should do daily?
Missy: Develop a practice of regular Pratyahara (internal withdrawing of the sense faculties). Take time to move within and find a place of stillness and calm. It's so critical in the overwhelm, anxiety, and constant barrage of inputs in modern society today.
Andrew: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Missy: Badasses like Andrew ;) All over - books and articles, social media, podcasts, facebook groups, medical and healthcare practitioners, Mama Gaia, meditation, etc. I am always learning. The journey of the earnest student is never over and richly rewarding. However we must be careful to convert inspiration into action, lest we become too clogged with other's ideas of how we should form our own practice. Yoga is a practice of self-inquiry. So maybe another inspires you to shift your perspective, but ultimately you own your experiences.
Andrew: Can you sum up your philosophy on health in one sentence?
Missy: Balance equals Healing. Treat people, not conditions.