We had the good fortune of connecting with Maja Re and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maja, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In an instant, my whole life changed. Everything shifted. Nothing made sense, yet everything was clear. Many of us are driven and propelled by the events that happen to us, instead of taking those events and rising above to an even better place. Bills must be paid, so we focus on how to make money rather than honing in on our true purpose. I feel eternally blessed for my wake up call… In 48 hours I found out that cancer had been removed from my body and was “no longer there” and before I could even process “beating” such a terrible disease, my mother was taken from this earth. It was then that I knew that I was put here for something bigger, something greater than myself. I knew I needed to find my true path. After spending almost half my life working in the corporate world, and practicing yoga for almost as long, I decided to make a change not only in myself, but I knew I wanted to help others find their inner peace. I knew I wanted to teach yoga and breathwork, along with practicing reiki, and I felt myself being called to help those that would not seek these alternative modalities of healing on their own. We live in a society where we use things outside ourselves to get away from the trauma we feel inside. We medicate ourselves with drugs and/or drinking to cope with the struggles everyone goes through in life. I wanted to share the alternative healing modalities that I learned with as many people as possible to aid them in making the shift from within. I wanted to help cultivate a “down to earth” environment and give back to the corporate environment I knew all too well. I then became inspired to teach corporate yoga, and I have never looked back.
What should our readers know about your business?
In the many years that I have practiced yoga, I have observed individuals having fear when it comes to the practice, or thinking “oh I can’t do that pose, so yoga isn’t for me.” MAJA REborn YOGA aims to make yoga available for EVERYONE no matter what your background, age, health, or fitness level is. Yoga has brought me healing in every aspect of my life, and I have made it my mission to share this gift with as many open souls as possible. Being able to share this gift with others has been the most profoundly fulfilling experience of my life. Walking into the different environments I teach in, whether it be an office, a studio, a park, or a private session, you can feel the sense of relief upon your arrival. Knowing that I am aiding in the creation of a sense of community and oneness that others can go on to share with the world is an unbelievable feeling. On the other hand, it really has nothing to do with me. We are all really just “walking each other home”, aren’t we? Getting to the place I am today business-wise was not easy by any means. Realizing that this was my true calling was the first hurdle, and it took me getting sick and beating cancer to realize this. It took a lot of hard work and dedication and knocking on doors I wasn’t sure would open. But that’s the key, right? In order to get anywhere in life, we have to overcome our fears and make our own path to where we want to be. Though the road hasn’t been easy, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have learned so much along the way, and continue to learn and evolve daily. Practice what you preach, am I right? If I’ve learned anything, it would be to NEVER GIVE UP, on yourself, and on your dreams. If you have a passion for something you will succeed if YOU want to. With persistence and determination, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. When you feel that path you are on coming from your heart, nothing can stand in your way. Given the global circumstances, corporate yoga has been rolled into virtual yoga and business park yoga, and studio classes have been moved to park yoga. It has been a wild ride to watch and participate in the shifts, and be able to flow with it. I really think that’s how you can get anywhere in life, flow and evolve…
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many amazing places to be and to enjoy in this area. But just to name a few…. If a hike or nature walk is what you want, I’d suggest taking a hike through the Upper Newport Back Bay if you wanna take it easy, or any of the amazing trails in the Laguna Coast Wildnerness Park. For Laguna Coast I usually park on Ridge Park Road and enter through trail post 9. You can make the trail as long or as short as you want! If hiking isn’t your thing and you wanna take a yoga class (other than mine, lol), I’d suggest Laura Love’s Bhakti Class on Sunday morning at 10AM at Dharma Yoga House. Laura is my teacher and that class is definitely a favorite of mine. If a beach is what you want, I’d suggest Crystal Cove. It’s easy to get to, and is a more secluded beach, as you have to walk down steps on the side of a cliff to get there, so not everyone goes there. Not as tricky as I made it sound, easy to park and walk down…just don’t bring the obnoxious cooler, you’ll regret it. It is definitely a local favorite spot and my favorite beach. As for food, oh boy let me try to make this short; If you find yourself in Dana Point, I highly recommend stopping into Organic Tree…the name speaks for itself, all organic all vegan and amazing!! If you find yourself in Newport Beach, I highly recommend grabbing a pizza (specifically the buffalo chicken) at Sgt. Pepperoni’s. Great menu all around, and for those of you vegans out there, get the veggie za and just ask for the sauce with no parm. Also, they always have fun beers on tap if that is your thang! If you find yourself in Costa Mesa, I’d highly recommend Bangkok Corner if you’re feeling thai food. Seriously the BEST pad see ew, and my fiancé always gets the yellow chicken curry. All around amazing menu, and lots of vegan/veg options. If you want a fun date night in Costa Mesa, I recommend the Westend. Its a small little place but bomb menu, bomb drinks, bomb service. Perfect for just the two of you. Get in there a lil early before the crowd so you can sit up at the bar. And if you need that PERFECT brunch spot, Plums Café all the way! Seriously THE BEST brunch! Get the trailblazer wrap, you won’t be sorry!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Huge shoutout to my love, Chris Chris for all his love, and support, and always believing in me, and encouraging me. To my family for always being there for me. To my mentors and teachers Laura Love, Prakash Nam Kaur, and Wendi Liechty for all of their love and support. To all of the amazing humans I met in my trainings who believed in me, and have continued to love, and support me. To all of my friends who have cheered me on from near and far. And most importantly, to those who came before me who paved a path for me to be able to do what I love.