Sangeeta Vallabhan: Yoga Teacher, Writer & Creator of Solemarch

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Bio:

Sangeeta Vallabhan has been studying movement for over 25 years, first through dance and then yoga. She has been teaching yoga in New York City since 2003. Sangeeta teaches vinyasa style classes that are challenging, well balanced, grounding and empowering. Sangeeta has studied with many teachers over the years, the most notable being Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh and Schuyler Grant. In total she has trained over 1200 hours. She has also been featured in Yoga Journal magazine. As the creator of solemarch, she encourages students to use the practices of yoga to continually seek out their own voice, their true sense of self and to not feel the need to conform to any one method or philosophy. We are all unique and complex - and it's natural to deduce our yoga practice would be as well.

What do you do best?

I always teach from an authentic place. I want students to feel whole and good, to feel challenged and safe. I want to give students a practice that enables them to be their best selves, to be kind and inclusive.

What makes you the best?

I would never say I’m the best.

I would say I’m good at having an authentic voice as a yoga teacher. I aim to be real with people. I try to push people to go beyond their perceived boundaries and definitely not simply copy someone else. I aim to teach without hierarchy and with a sense of inclusiveness. I want students to feel safe, supported and challenged and to connect with something magical inside of themselves.

What are your aspirations?

I aspire to have balance in my family life and work life. I want to always enjoy and be challenged in my work life, but I don’t want it to ever challenge my relationships to the ones I hold dearest.

Biggest Success?

My biggest success was transforming some personal patterns that were keeping negative people and dynamics in my life. I had a year of walking away from some destructive relationships, from many aspects of my life. It’s one of things I’m most proud of to this day. I see people for who they really are – and I’m much more selective about who I bring in close.

Most Challenging Moment?

Standing up for myself and walking away from a toxic environment. It’s amazing to me when you see people’s true colors and motivations for their actions and even their friendship.

Motto?

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  – Maya Angelou

Favorite People/Role Models?

My parents have had a huge influence on my life in general and some difficult decisions I have made. They had a business when I was growing up, and I have distinct memories of how they conducted themselves and how they treated people. Those memories made a difficult decision very easy to make.

I have been fortunate enough to have a few other special souls in my life. I have a handful of very kind, loving, people who love and support me and whom I deeply admire and respect. They know who they are.

Favorite Places/Destinations?

My favorite travel destination Is basically any beautiful, pristine beach. I always reset the easiest on a beach trip; it’s easy for me to feel calm and at ease. And joyfully unplug.

On my last trip to India, we went to the backwaters of Kerala. That was incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Even more so because I wasn’t expecting the calmness of it.

Favorite Products/Objects?

I don’t really have a favorite product. I love coconut oil – it’s great for the skin and to cook with.

Current Passions?

My husband and I recently moved to the suburbs of New Jersey about one year ago. We have a beautiful, old home. It’s so calm and peaceful. I pinch myself everyday.

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