Cozy Orange sits down with Brand Ambassador Lauren Peterson to reveal why she loves yoga and the future of SUP.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

Third times a charm. I have been introduced to yoga three times in my life. The first time was in high school, I was a little bit too immature to appreciate it. The second was during my associates and bachelors degree as a form of conditioning and injury prevention, for dance. I saw it as just another way of getting a good stretch in preparation for dance. The third time I attended a class during my masters degree, the teacher ended the heated vinyasa flow class with thirty minutes of yoga Nidra! I was hooked. Yoga nidra, (yogic sleep) or lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Yoga isn’t all about the asanas… Their the cherry on top to the big picture. The part I fell in love with is It offers life lessons off the mat, appreciation for life, and relaxation of the body mind and soul. Very grateful I gave yoga a third try. It has been an instrumental part of my life both as a student and a teacher for the past 10 years.

Explain what a “healthy lifestyle” means to you and how you apply it to your everyday routine.

Living a healthy lifestyle is the ability to find balance and peace for the body and mind. I have a very busy schedule, teaching from 7am to 7pm during the week. I make sure that I make the time to meditate, to eat healthy, and to have time for my personal yoga practice.

 Who/what inspires you? Selfless acts of kindness.

My family is a huge inspiration to me. At a young age, my parents taught me the importance and value of community service.
What’s your advice for new yogi’s looking to up their yoga game?

Practice Ahimsa, non violence and compassion for your yoga practice. Listen to your body, and welcome restorative yoga when needed. Enjoy every minute of the journey, be patient, and practice daily. Trust and have faith in the process.

Do you have a favorite time of day that makes you especially excited to get outside and practice a flow?

Sunset, when the sun kisses the horizon at the end of the day is my favorite time to practice yoga.

Do you prefer to exercise in a studio/gym or outdoors?

Outdoors

Explain SUP and your role in that space?

I am founder of NamasteSUP,http://namastesup.com/ a global community that brings stand up paddle yoga enthusiasts together. Furthermore, I created a Land based stand up paddle yoga curriculum for grades 2-12 and University Courses.

Where would you like to see the sport of SUP one year from now?

I would love to see SUP in more schools across the country. Stand UP Paddle is a great sport for all ages and levels. My hope is that by teaching Stand Up Paddling, more people will become environmentally conscious.

What are your health and wellness goals for Fall 2015?

To inspire my students to reach their goals and provide them with tools to decrease stress.

 Finally, tell us a little bit about why you are a Cozy Orange representative.

Cozy Orange is affordable, fashionable, and comfortable.. but the main attraction for me was Cozy Orange’s sustainable promise: Fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles, packaging is made with recycled and reusable materials, and efficient Eco-friendly production.

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