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Location: Los Angeles, CA

Meet the Yogi: Alexis Novak

Meet Alexis Novak, a talented yogi and world traveler; learn what brought her to her practice, what makes up her daily routine and how she disconnects from the everyday nosies of an "industrial" city.

When did you realize that yoga was something you wanted to pursue?
I tried yoga for the first time when I was fourteen years old. I have been a dancer my entire life, so the movement and poses felt fairly natural and I liked how it was similar to dance.

What kind of yoga do you practice? 
Depending on the day, my personal practice consists of a variety of yoga styles: Restorative, Vinyasa, Sculpt, and Hot Yoga. 

How do you start your mornings? 
I start my mornings with some meditation, coffee, and good music!

What's your favorite sound in nature? 
My favorite sound in nature would probably be the lack of "industrial" sounds in nature. I love the quiet, so being surrounded by only the gentle breeze in the trees or a few bird chirps is calming to me.

What do you love most about your city? 
I love the variety in atmosphere! There truly is a group, stage, place, and restaurant for every walk of life in LA. I would also say I love the passion and drive of the people who live here. It is known for being a cut-throat city, but I feel it's because everyone who lives here has a definitive intention. Most people who live in LA have left their familiar lives and decided to do something unique and very uncertain with their careers! And finally, I love the yoga community (of course!) I have found such a warm and welcoming home within the yoga community in LA. In a very busy and individually driven city, it is so comforting to know that I have a group of like-minded people to connect with and share space with.

What was the last meal that made you smile? 
The last meal that made me smile would be a vegan dinner I had with my boyfriend a few nights ago. I love eating healthy, but sharing meals with people I care about makes any meal special.

Biggest accomplishment? 
This year has been amazing thus far, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have been given. I don't think I can narrow it down to one BIG accomplishment. I would say I am pretty proud that I am able to wake up every morning excited to go to work. I love my fellow teachers and students so much!

Where's your favorite place to unearth buried treasures? 
What a good question! Ha! Bali is a treasure. I would say that I unearthed some internal buried treasures when I went there in May. I am going back in March 2016 to lead a yoga retreat! You should come, it's a magical place!

Quotes or advice to live by? 
There are a lot of great quotes out there. I would probably say it's an original "We are in control of what we let into our bodies and out of our mouths, don't ever forget that you are the source of your own power." We as people are always handed tough times, how we endure them is what makes the difference!

Follow Alexis on Instagram, and take one of her classes if you're in the LA area!

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