Today’s interview for “The Healthy Q&A” is with inspiring Jeanette – yoga teacher, traveling journalist and blogger at Follow your Trolley. Enjoy reading!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself – who are you and what is “Follow your Trolley” about?
I am a freelance journalist, copywriter and yoga teacher from Salzburg. 10 years ago I quit my PR job and traveled around the world with my friend Stephie – that was the birth of Follow Your Trolley. The philosophy has remained until today: stylish trips to far away countries and into depth – trolley & yoga mat are always there!
Ever since I did my yoga teacher training in Bali I have participated in numerous yoga and self-experience retreats around the globe. I share the experiences gained there on my blog, which is all about yoga and spiritual topics, but also about beautiful refuges and special power places around the world. And since I can’t deny my sense of aesthetics and beautiful things, my travels tend to lead to characterful boutique hotels rather than ascetic ashrams.
2. What made you start practicing yoga and leading a healthy lifestyle?
It was pure curiosity and the search for something that quiets my troubled mind. Since there was no yoga studio around me I started with a rather boring yoga book on my living room carpet.
Consistent as I am I did everything according to the instructions – asanas, meditation, breathing and cleansing techniques. That was about 15 years ago when yoga and spirituality weren’t cool, but somehow ’embarrassing’. So in the beginning I kept my first experiences and insights to myself. After a Shivananda retreat
I almost wanted to give up on the idea that yoga can also be fun. But then luckily I discovered Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The flowing, partly physically demanding asanas and creative sequences in connection with music was my personal breakthrough! Ever since then yoga has just become a part of my life!
3. What does a typical day in your life look like?
Fortunately, there is no “typical day” in my life. I cannot stand routines, even if my Pitta and Vata would certainly be happy about that.
The only constant in my life is that as a notorious night owl I go to bed way too late and it will probably only be in my next life that I’ll be born as an early bird.
Since I work independently, I can completely live my freedom. I enjoy it so much that it sometimes gets out of hand. I let myself get completely engrossed by great projects and ideas until there is no rhythm at all anymore. In those cases I have to discipline myself even though I’d love to tend to my creative realization all day and night. By the way: while I’m writing this down, it is almost midnight. Well, that’s exactly what I mean … 😉
4. What are the 3 foods you couldn’t live without?
Oatmeal, coriander and everything you can made from coconuts. No matter what.
5. What’s your go-to snack for days when you’re on the run?
Dates. An Ayurvedic doctor once told me that I could climb up the Himalayas and descend again with only having eaten 1 date since there is just everything in it that humans need.
6. What is your favorite asana and why?
It has always been downward facing dog. Maybe because I love “real” dogs but maybe also because it combines the best of yoga.
7. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You cannot control everything anyway so just relax.” I get the best advice from my sister who is always very blunt. Without her having read some grandiose book or having participated in a super spiritual self-discovery retreat. Somehow she’s already naturally close to her Higher Self.
8. What is your life motto or mantra?
It has definitely something to do with water or the sea. Something like “go with the flow” or
John Kabat-Zinn’s “you cannot stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf “always helps me.
And because I like it simple: “smile & breathe” in all situations.
9. What ignites your passion for what you do?
I can’t even tell. I never had to motivate myself or pull myself together to do anything. It’s like an inner source that constantly bubbles in me and produces something.
In any case, I see myself encouraged in what I do when my tips, suggestions and wisdom inspire other people as well and are useful in some way.
I already got such wonderful feedback – both online and offline.
get – online as well as offline. I am very touched by that and at the same time it inspires me to stay true to myself and continue my journey curiously.
10. Do you have any tips for those of us who are just starting their yoga journey and healthy lifestyle?
Tiny changes in your lifestyle can already have a big effect. You don’t have to turn everything upside down and eliminate all your vices. That only brings frustration.
You just have to start somewhere even if it’s only one thing. For example, you can decide to never take the escalator again, but instead to take the stairs. Or to get on your yoga mat daily to take a conscious breath. It doesn’t have to be more in the beginning. Ot to not start the day with caffeine, but with a cup of warm one lemon water. That doesn’t mean you have to give up coffee but you just have it later in the day. It’s basically just about the intention and about signalizing to your ego: You know what, things are just working a bit different now than before!