‘I think the biggest lesson I have received is to believe in myself.’

Natalie Jones is a Yoga teacher based in New York City.

Natalie Jones is a Yoga teacher based in New York City.

1. What style(s) of yoga do you teach?

I teach Baptiste Power & Bikram yoga as well as Inferno Hot Pilates. Recently I co-created and have been teaching a style that combines yoga & Pilates, and it is so much fun! 

2. What is your intention behind teaching?

My intention behind teaching is to empower people to live their most awesome lives. If I can help them to feel amazing and learn to have fun and laugh along the way, I feel I have done my job. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved making people laugh and one of my biggest joys as an adult is showing people that wellness can be fun. I love to help people heal, and I love connecting with people on a deeper level. It is a privilege and their is such magic in these connections.

3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

I have had some amazing mentors along the way that have opened me up to so much possibility. Marla Thomas, owner of Queen City Yoga in Burlington, VT. Louise Giordani, founder of Everywear Activewear, and Gabi Walters, creator of Inferno Hot Pilates. I have been so blessed to have such inspiring people in my life that have pushed me to be my best self!

4. What have they taught you? 

I think the biggest lesson I have received is to believe in myself. If I want something or to get somewhere, it is up to me and it is going to be hard work. It's also going to be totes worth it. 

5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

How Yoga Works by Michael Roach. It is such a beautiful story about the power and magic of yoga, and how it lives and breathes in all spaces and places in our life. 

6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

To flow. I've been thinking a lot about how to tap into the natural rhythm and flow that exists on and off my mat. When we are in a true state of flow nothing else matters and we are fully present. 

7. How often do you practice? 

I practice 5-6 times a week, which may or may not include a self-practice. My philosophy is that in order to stay true to and inspired in one's craft they must practice it. I teach four different modalities, so that keeps me busy.  

8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

I journal and am always in self-inquiry, I eat and consume mindfully (yes, I am a self-proclaimed cheeseburger connoisseur, but I only eat pasture-raised and local), I am a volunteer mentor for Africa Yoga Project, and my coaching business naturally incorporates yoga philosophy. 

9. Why is being present so important to you

I recently heard that when we think of the past, we most likely experience sadness and when we look to the future, we experience anxiety. In the present moment is where we can access happiness and contentment. I like being happy :)

10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

My name on FB is Natalie Jane Jones, my IG is @thenatalizer and my business is @makeme.awesome