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Meet Meg Shoemaker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meg Shoemaker.

Meg, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I moved from San Francisco to New York to pursue a career as a photographer and writer, and as I got caught in the waves of a demanding lifestyle, I found refuge in my yoga practice. Showing up to my mat and being guided by wise teachers, gave my mind solace from its overactivity. The only times that could wash away the uncertainty of the city was post-practice. Eventually, it was a no brainer. Over the course of a decade, I decided I wanted to teach this beautiful gift to whomever was seeking it.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s always hard to change your mind. To decide, “Okay I’m not this anymore…now I’m going to do this instead”. Of course, those are terms that the mind makes up and I see the mind as needing to attach to an identity in order to feel important and validated in the world. I had to release that old version of myself, let go of people and a life that I had been seeking up until that point. This was the only way I could really step into my own personal light. It reminds me of what Joseph Campbell said, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us”.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m most proud of the creativity I’ve been able to infuse into my teaching. It’s always been quite natural for me to bring my friends together and connect people.

I love living in Los Angeles because all of my friends are talented and amazing at what they do, which allows for incredible experiences and happenings to unfold naturally.

One example of this is every Friday and Sunday night, I facilitate a Music Bath. This class is a Yin/Yang yoga class that features a live-score by different musicians every time.

Highland Park has an incredible scene of ambient and experimental musicians, so it’s been an easy way to bring overlapping communities into one place.

I’ve also been inviting massage therapists, reiki practitioners and other kinds of healers to my yin classes to provide their expertise to my students. In a way, those have become creative intersections of group healing for everyone involved.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I’m currently in the process of rewriting my own beliefs about how to define “success”.

Lately, I’ve been asking myself: How can I do just a little bit more with what I already have? I think one of the truest arts is being grateful for what you already have and learning how to utilize what you already have now, to make more of what you are trying to create.

An important key in going forth with the work that I do has been reframing ideas of success that I had been given in my youth. As a yoga teacher/ healer and even as a writer, the success you receive a lot of the time is more internal than external. No less important but in many ways so much more lasting.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.megshoemaker.com
  • Phone: 347.443.3341
  • Email: megshoemaker@gmail.com
  • Instagram: mshoemaker_
  • Facebook: meg shoemaker

Image Credit:
Christian Sorenson-Hansen, Alexander Feliciano, Dominoe Farris

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