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Meet Ariadne Vickers-Davis of Yoga with Ariadne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariadne Vickers-Davis.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up doing ballet, I loved hating it, but the idea that physical activity can be creative and feel good is something I have always been driven by. I initially found yoga after quitting dance. My mom didn’t love the idea of me sitting around doing nothing.

Initially, I hated it! Fast forward to college, I studied abroad in London and thought it was an incredible experience at times I was very lonely. I started taking classes at a little studio down the street from where I lived and fell in love. Every time I would walk home after class my head felt more clear, I literally felt lighter.

When I graduated college, I had the classic panic of what the hell do I do now? Teacher training seemed like the right step. I moved to NY for a month and went to Laughing Lotus. Incredible and hard are two words I would use to describe the experience. Feeling like I had more direction, I moved out to LA and started teaching immediately, and here I am.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think no road worth traveling is smooth. There have been many defining bumps along the way. Yoga in this city is EVERYWHERE. There are so many of us trying to make a living teaching. It’s been very difficult to find my niche. What sets me apart from just being another yoga instructor. And not letting the size of this industry just get you down sometimes.

Please tell us about Yoga with Ariadne.
As an independent yoga instructor, I love connecting with my students. Helping them progress in a physical and mental way. That’s what I love about yoga as a form of movement; it goes so far beyond the physical. I teach a mixture of group and private classes. I think what sets me apart is my passion for sequencing and alignment.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I think I wouldn’t sell myself short as much, I spent a lot of time not attempting to go after certain things because I didn’t think I had enough knowledge or experience. When in fact that probably wasn’t the case. The fear of putting myself out there kept me in my bubble too much. I would have just gone for it more, the worst we are told is no, and then you just try harder or again.

Contact Info:

  • Email: ariadne.mvd@gmail.com
  • Instagram: ariadnevd


Image Credit:
Julia Boyd photo @juliaboydphoto

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