The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Lacey is ‘authenticity’. As soon as you meet her she just oozes this perfect mix of zany, bohemian charm and calm, centered Yogini. And the best bit is you can see just from the way she moves and the things she says that it is 100% Lacey and she is 100% free. Free from any confines of inhibition, self-doubt or the expectations of others. She is marching to the beat of her own drum and by some sort of osmosis she makes you want to do the same.
This is one of the many reasons that I am so excited that Lacey will be my special guest speaker at my first wellness event, Passion and Possibilities, on 12th October. She embodies everything that I dreamed up when I vision-boarded my event. She chose her passions over the sensible trodden-path, she poured every ounce of her being into these choices and now she is living the life of her dreams. She is insanely inspiring and I can’t wait to watch her shine her light on everyone who is coming (only a few tickets are still available for purchase here). However if you cannot join us you can also catch her yoga classes and workshops which she runs through The Yoga Emporium or get lost in her beautifully written words over on her blog (here)!
So here is the woman herself. Drink up all her creative genius and get inspired.
Thank you for being here! Let’s get to know you a bit better. What are 3 things you have done that make you the most proud of yourself?
- I herded goats in the dusty mountains of southern Portugal in the height of summer. In the first hour of the first day, I lost my herding stick. I thought it would be the end of me. I bled, cried, ran, fell, jumped and sweated my ass off. I lived to tell the tale.
- I’ve tried so many different things in this life, it’s like I’ve lived ten lives! I’ve been a bank teller, a bartender, an editor, an actor, a nanny, a project coordinator for a non-profit, a sous-chef, a cheerleader, an English teacher, a barista, a receptionist, a traveler, an entrepreneur, a copy-writer – the list goes on and on. I am so proud that I have spent time exploring so many things. What might have seemed like flippancy actually was curiosity. Being bold and trying new things. I get that from my mother.
- I am proud that through continued practice and exploration, I see myself with more clarity. I can say out loud where my talents lie and that I believe in myself. It is a tough path as a woman to let go of self-doubt, to proclaim our greatness and to own our beauty.
What motivated you to take the first step on your wellness journey?
Diving deeply into yoga and seeing the connections between all that we do, see, think, eat, and say and being surrounded by crazy vegan, veg-heads who made delicious foods and were unapologetic about their massive beards.
What is your big, crazy, beautiful dream?
This is it. Right now. I had such a hard time reconciling my plethora of passions and talents. Now, I feel like it’s all crystallized. The Yoga Emporium is a place where yoga and creativity are one. I write, take photos, draw, do graphic design and I harness all of this creative energy when I teach. My big wild crazy dream is to do this but do it huge. I am firing up now, preparing to teach more internationally and write for more publications. I am creating a platform where I can be creative, share yoga and help others to find that same boundless joy and love within that I have unearthed.
What do you do every morning to set up your day for success?
So many fun things. I am a lover of morning energy. Read Make your mornings better: 8 slammin’ tips so you too can get your mornings off to a kick-ass start.
There are so many nutritional untruths floating around out there. What is your favourite myth to debunk?
Oh lordy, lately it’s definitely the gluten-free lifestyle thing. I recently wrote an article for The Huffington Post called 6 Ways to be Gluten-Free Awesome. It’ll debunk the myths and set you merrily on your sans gluten path.
Do you have any natural products or alternative therapies that you cannot live without?
I cannot, slash will not, live without my Diva Cup.
How do you ‘zen-ify’ your home?
In our home, we have three glasses and three mugs. We have five forks and five knives. We have very little furniture or stuff. I make it a priority to only have what I need and to rid myself of any excess. I like to feel light and expansive in my space, not bogged down by objects.
What is your favourite imperfection about yourself and why?
I have a claw pinky finger from a childhood accident. I have a strange love of small weird things. I’m the kid who always chose the runt.
What is one question that everyone should ask themselves?
What am I doing to make the world around me better, brighter and more full of love?
What is the most important decision you make to ensure you are a conscious consumer?
I try very hard not to hurt animals or humans with the consumer decisions that I make. I buy organic food that is actually organic and when I do indulge in eggs or cheese, I try to do it with kindness and a lot of awareness. I buy used clothing more often than not and source fair trade, ethically produced goodies where the people are being treated humanely. This is a big one for me, and I’ve written about it here and here.
What books are on your bedside table?
I’m currently boobs-deep in a lot of yoga philosophy texts and translations. Ravi Ravindra’s translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Christopher Isherwood’s Bhagavad Gita literary translation. I’m a lover of fiction though and am not enjoying either of the two novels I have on the go. I need a fiction revolution asap.
What is one piece of advice you can give to someone who is nervous about diving in and following their dreams?
Be nervous. Give the fear some space and then let it go. Make a decision to live a life that you want to live and then don’t look back, wondering if you’ve done the right thing. You’ll misstep and things will unravel sometimes, but it’s part of the path. Follow your heart and the rest will follow you.
Pretend this is your mountain… what message do you shout to the world?
You are not alone.
What recipe are you going to share with us?
This Winter Passion Bar recipe is care of my sweet friend Gosia. I love it. So juicy and satisfying.
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 5 or 6 pitted dates
- A spattering of goji berries
- A dash of pepitas
- 2 or 3 dried figs
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- One passionfruit pulped
- A pinch of salt
Clear measurements are just not the go when it comes to making these kinds of goodies. You basically just throw everything that you have into the food processor and hope for the best. Try out the below suggestions and go with your intuition. Roll the concoction into balls, a log or use a square dish and make bars. By the way, it doesn’t need to be winter to chow down on this tasty. Winter is an homage to this snack’s creator.
Want more of Lacey…
Lacey Haynes runs The Yoga Emporium, a travelling studio, blog and yoga resource. Together, they have ventured far and wide, teaching yoga classes and workshops in Germany, Canada, France, Portugal and now Australia. Lacey writes fiction, nonfiction and also creates across other mediums. She has trained as an actor and studied English Literature as an MA student in Berlin. She loves spreading the path of yoga and helping people to uncover their own innate happiness and love. At the end of this year, Lacey will travel to India for six weeks of further yoga study and practice. She is grateful to her stellar teachers – past, present and future – who help to light this glorious path.
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