Originally from San Diego Sophia now lives in Paris where she founded and teaches California Barre. We are so proud to have her as a Kindleggings Ambassador!
3 words that best describes you:
Sunny, Kind, Motivated
Can you explain what California Barre is?
What is one of the kindest thing someone has ever done to you?
The sweetest act of kindness I've received was during my yoga teacher training. I completed my yoga training during months 3-9 of my pregnancy. A majority of the women in the training were mothers. During these 6 months they showered me with love, information, material items, and moral support for my pregnancy experience and life beyond with baby. Growing a human is a frightening endeavour and their kindness towards me was so simple, yet so meaningful. Sometimes the sweetest gift is simply moral support and solidarity.
What are you up to in 2019, can you share some of your goals with us?
What do you love most about French culture? What has been challenging to adjust to as an American?
I LOVE FOOD. I mainly workout because I'm such a food loving "gourmande" as they say it here in France. Food represents so much in this culture and I love that the French really emphasize this part of everyday life. People take the time. They sit down for an hour, if not two, for lunch and really talk to each other about all aspects of life, culture, politics, etc. In terms of adjustment, I miss the ocean. I'm from a beach town in southern California and my life has consisted of seeing, playing, and running on the beach every. single. day. I miss the smell, the sand in my toes, the pink breathtaking sunsets over the horizon. City life has been a total shock for me and I don't think I will ever really be used to it.
Do you have a favourite teacher?
My favourite places to workout in Paris are Omm Studio and Mirz Yoga. I'm not sure I can pick a "favourite" teacher because there is soooo much talent, but some of my favourite yogis are : Alex Avila (amazing playlists) and his goddess stretchy wife Tatiana Avila, Gemma Vassallo, Alexandra Sajko, Ola Jas, Maricha Dumont
Tell us something people don't know about you!
People are often surprised to find out that I was a Division 1 soccer player in San Diego and that I quit a potential professional career to move and start a new life in Paris, completely off of a whim!
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