We interview people 30 and under for their take on life, and we hope their stories will inspire you. Contrasts and paradoxes are part and parcel of life – which therefore seems quite black and white at times. This issue we interview Amy Landry.
Born and lives in: Newcastle, NSW
What are you doing with your life now?
I’m currently teaching three styles of yoga – Purna, Vinyasa and Yin, at three different yoga studios in Newcastle. I’m also working on the side as store ambassador at T2 Tea. I absolutely love them both!
Do you have other plans for your future life?
I would love to complete the highest certification in yoga, and also become certified as an Ayurvedic consultant. I’m currently writing a list, “Thirty Things Before 30”, of all the things I’d like to accomplish. For example – go scuba diving, have a white Christmas, travel back to India, etc. My husband and I hope to buy another property in a year or two, where we will have a cat and a lush vegetable garden.
How are you going to achieve that?
Firstly, trusting in the universe to conspire wherever is meant to be. Having faith. Also, working hard – and happily – to save the money that is required to make these things happen. I believe in working hard only on the things you truly love. Follow your passions!
What do you think about goal setting?
I have personally benefited from goal setting, I do think it’s beneficial. I love making virtual vision boards which I place as my desktop image to see every day. However, there also needs to be a certain amount of surrender and trust – it’s personally been a journey for me to let go of control, and yet I do see it’s high value. Lastly, I don’t believe in attaching yourself to other people’s achievements – focus on what it is that you are truly meant to do with your life, even if others’ lives look attractive.
What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
I love lists – yoga; my Canadian muso husband coming into my life in 2006; becoming vegetarian; travelling the world as a professional dancer; travelling to India.
What effect did that have on your life?
Yoga – at the same time yoga came into my life, I met my now-husband. Together, we made the transition to a vegetarian lifestyle. Yoga helped to heal my many injuries from a six-year dance career, and it summoned up a deep yearning to travel to Mother India, and discover yoga’s roots – along with all the other amazing things India about India (colour, food, music, the people, architecture, textiles, etc).
What’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you?
In February, 2009, I was involved in an oil fire (oil from cooking) while dancing abroad. I was rushed to hospital with burns to my face, neck, chest, left upper arm, and left hand. Miraculously I healed completely without surgery. However it was very difficult when my surgeon doctor and the nurses couldn’t speak any English, and my husband was on a contract away. I was devastated when I couldn’t renew my dance contract afterwards, despite a full recovery physically. I absolutely loved that dance contract. It was my last.
How did that affect you?
I was forced into discovering the next part of my journey in life. I left some beautiful friends behind, and after getting engaged (at Niagara Falls!), I moved back home to Australia. At this time I went back into retail management, and despite loving the company and people I worked for, it wasn’t my passion. And understanding this, it was incredibly hard working away each day knowing it was all for the financial security. In the end, I was empowered, and booked myself into my yoga teacher training – and it all snowballed the week I got home from the course. The stars were aligned!
Have you been able to see the gift in that?
I’ve been able to see the opportunities I’ve had due to the ‘bad’ experience. I still miss that dance contract a lot, but absolutely feel confident that the yogic path is right for me. Yoga enables me to move my body, to express, and be creative – just like dance does.
Do you have a sense of yourself as being more than your body and brain?
Absolutely, without a doubt. My body is just a physical manifestation. My soul lives on beyond this lifetime. I’m not sure how, or in what way, but I believe I’m simply one part of the whole. Every being – human, animal, plant – is connected, both spiritually and energetically.
Do you have a feeling that there is an energy greater than you, something that might have all the answers?
Yes. I believe this through my own personal experiences in this lifetime. I don’t know what that ‘something’ is, but there is certainly something bigger and greater, that we are yet to truly discover. Anyone can connect to this energy by connecting with earth, ocean, nature, animals and so on.
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