Woody Woodrow: internationally touring musician, yoga instructor, & daily meditator

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Woody Woodrow is an internationally touring musician, yoga instructor, and a daily meditator. He helped found his heavy rock band “Our Last Night” over a decade ago and now travels around the globe sharing Yoga and Meditation before his shows. He was first introduced to Yoga after college, at a time when he was struggling with debilitating low back pain. His discovery of Yoga not only supported his back but it led to a shift in lifestyle and helped him find his voice. He shares his voice on his blog “The Weekly Vibe” which can be found at woodywoodrow.com every Wednesday. He also enjoys posting quick Yoga and Meditation videos on his YouTube channel for those on the go like himself. He believes with a busy lifestyle it’s not about how much we can do but how often we show up. He balanced his Yoga training, much like his college studies, while touring the world. He believes that the way we practice Yoga reflects the way we live, so he encourages everyone to pretend like their mat is a mirror to their life and practice in a comfortable, relaxed and powerful way, so it becomes how we live.

What do I do best?

I believe my super power is showing up. I’ve always been really good at being present to support others and my parents taught me how to show up consistently, from a place of love and non-judgment.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Staying true to my word. Our word is the most valuable form of currency we have and I see a lot of people devalue theirs by saying things and not following through. If I say I’m going to do something I do it…and that commitment continues to bring out the best version of myself.

What are my aspirations?

Personally, to be a spark to other people’s personal growth and guide others into their own inner power.

In regards to music, we (as a band) are working to redefine how bands approach success in the music industry. We plan to keep growing, progressing and sharing our experiences through our music.

My Biggest Success?

Tough to say one because I believe success is kind of like happiness and we find it through constant progress each day …But if I had to choose one, I’d say starting a band with some of my best friends when I was in high school, staying true to it for 14 years (and counting) and turning it into our career. I am also very proud that after 8 years on a record contract we decided to step up our game and have organically grown our YouTube channel to over 1.3 million subscribers…filming, recording and producing all of our own content in the process.

My Most Challenging Moment?

This is more of a prolonged decision than a moment but I remember mustering up enough courage to tell my parents I was going to drop out of college to pursue the band life. That was when they told me if I made that decision they would no longer be able to financially support me. Realizing I could not afford that, literally, I decided to balance school and music by taking internships while I was on the road to maintain my student eligibility, and getting a fill in bass player for a few tours during my final semester.

Finishing school was a challenge but thinking back, I definitely gave my parents the biggest challenge, telling them I wanted to drop out of school. I’m grateful they handled it the way they did because finishing school was one of the best decisions I ever made.

My Motto?

I feel like this varies day-to-day for me but some of the most consistent mantras in my life are, “Stay true to your word….You never fail unless you quit,” and always saying, “Thank You.”

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My Parents. My sisters. George Harrison, Paramahansa Yogananda, Kevin Garnett, My Tribe of Friends in LA, Everyone who supports us as a band and Victor Wooten.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I really enjoy being in Germany. Australia and Russia, all for different reasons.

My father was born in Germany so I feel a weird sense of at home when I am there. Australia has some of the best vibes weather and people wise…And Russia has the craziest shows when we tour there.

I also have two favorite spaces I consider sacred. One is the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in LA which is a meditation garden I frequent and the other is a placed called Rocky Pond, in Hollis, New Hampshire, which is a lake surrounded by trees where I love to swim, kayak, meditate and connect with nature when I am back east.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

Might sound a bit chessy, but I love my IPhone. I think how it allows us to connect with one another is amazing. I am also a big fan of my Prius because before I had a car it was difficult to get out and show up the way I wanted to for the people in my life.

My Current Passions?

I have a strong passion for music so I’ve been learning more about music recently in regards to theory and technique.

Another recent passion is Tribal Markers, which are non-toxic paint markers that act as tools of connection and unity with one another. They are created in LA by some of my greatest friends. I love using them to empower others and myself with art and creativity.

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