We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqui Estrada and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacqui, how has the public health crisis affected your views on work-life balance?
The Covid-19 crisis made me realize how important it is to pause and see where you are in this life not just physically and mentally but also spiritually. I worked a lot and I didn’t have this much time for myself, but now, it’s the opposite. I have too much time for myself. It was a struggle at first not knowing what to do but my creative side took over and made things easier. I think working too much and too hard has its advantage but it can also make you forget who you truly are, what you truly love to do and what you are capable of doing beyond your job or career. When all this is over and we start working again, it is important to dedicate time to ourselves outside of work or even outside family and friends in order to not lose that genuine connection with our true nature and maybe get to know who we have become or contemplate on who we could be.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a Yoga Instructor. I can’t really know what sets me apart from others but I can say I’m very passionate about my yoga practice. It is important for me to keep practicing to be an effective teacher of yoga, not just the physical part but the many aspects of it. What I’m most proud and excited about is seeing my students progress and dedication to their practice.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting the area for a week, I would take her to Joshua Tree, one of my favorite places. We would go hiking in the desert, see the giant rocks and just enjoy the beauty of mother nature. I would also take her to the beach which I feel is mandatory in California, then we would go museum hopping, visit The Broad, The Getty, MOCA, etc. We might also see a ballet show or opera or take an overnight trip in Ojai. We would also definitely explore rooftop bars and restaurants around downtown.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give credit to the yoga studio where I took my very first yoga class, Yoga Circle Downtown. That first class made me realize a lot of things about myself and what I want to do with my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my first teachers, Maureen Lantz, Knekoh Fruge and Rob Zabel. They all make a difference in the yoga community.

Instagram: @jacquisassy

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