Rosie Acosta- Radically Loved

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http://radicallyloved.com

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How did you find your community who support you and push you forward?

Growing up in LA my entire life in a very close knit community of friends and family I don’t think I appreciated it until I moved away, My family and friends have always been supportive of my efforts, and I will say… there have been several career changes they had to go through with me until I finally found the one that spoke to my heart. 

Initially moving to Portland was very challenging because I didn’t know anyone, and missed my people. But I was determined to make the best of it, and just be myself. Now, I am so fortunate to have 2 cities I split my time between and two beautiful communities that I love so much. 

Many people dream about to work as a yoga teacher and make a living out of it or struggle to make ends meet. What advice can you give those who start out or struggle finding the clients and what role plays social media in your opinion when it comes to branding?

Wow, this is a very layered question. It really depends, being a yoga teacher and making a living is not easy. If that is all your doing I would encourage you to find something specific that you want to do. Specifying in teaching Yoga Therapy or Pre-/Post Natal Yoga, or Yoga for Athletes will allow you to find a focal point where you can then create your own little hub. The NUMBER ONE thing I will say to EVERYONE is do something that you love, don’t do it because there is a “demand” for it, or it’s trendy. Do something that YOU are passionate about and will be happy to teach if you make zero dollars, because… you will make zero dollars. We all have unique gifts and medicine to give to our community, its important to find out what yours are. In my experience, when you find what that is, it will begin to drive people who are looking for your medicine, to you. 

Social media is a great outlet to get the word out and to connect with your community, it can also act as a tool for discouragement, this is a relationship is tenuous so it’s important we treat it with care. That being said, I have found it to be an incredible tool for me and my business, but at the end of the day, what I find to be most sustainable is my interaction with the community in person. I love doing retreats and workshops so that I can connect with people face-to-face, and social media has been a great tool to facilitate that. 

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Since you travel a lot between LA and Portland and around the globe, what does home and having a base somewhere?

I’m a total home body! I LOVE being home, but I also LOVE to travel. Currently, my home base is wherever my puppies live, and right now they are in L.A. with my sweetie. I think as long as I’m with them, I can feel at home pretty much anywhere. 

Incorporating a daily meditation or yoga practice is beneficial for your overall life, why you think many people still struggle tosee it as a part of their daily routine?

Because we are too busy trying to do other things!! meditation will always be last gal on the totem pole. It’s like when your too busy what’s the first thing to suffer? Your own self-care! So I think that many people struggle with discipline and creating a routine. Think about it, we are pretty committed to waking up and having our morning tea/coffee ritual, then answering some emails or breakfast then heading to work or begin our daily duties. If you think about it, there are certain things you do daily as part of your ritual, the thought of adding one more thing can seem daunting! 

I think starting small, is always better than not at all. Even if it is just 3-5 minutes! Every morning or every night. There are so many free resources out there, so many apps you can use to get guided so you don’t have to do it alone! I have some great free resources on my website also. If you have questions about meditation, I’m happy to help! 

 

http://radicallyloved.com

http://radicallyloved.com

You have two furry babies, what does it mean to you coming home or spending time with them?

EVERYTHING. These dogs keep me sane, I love my little animals so much. I am a total animal person, I’m a huge animal lover, If I could have a farm full of animals I would be in complete and total bliss. I think it would drive Torry nuts, but I think he would love it. If I could travel with my little guys, I can honestly say I would live like a gypsy in different parts of the world for an assorted period of time. 

Who are your mentors and women who inspire every single day?

OH MY!!  Well There are so many Beautiful and Amazing women out there! I am inspired by my beautiful yoga teacher friend/mentors and inspired by strong leaders in the world, making it happen, I’m inspired by the strong women out there trying to get homeless and displaced people off the streets, I am inspired by the beautiful nurses that work at the Hospice care i teach meditation at. I am inspired by the strong women changing policy for our country,  I am inspired by my students, by my sweet teacher trainee’s, They are all my teachers, they are all my mentors and they are all equally inspiring. 

If you could name three places in the world  where you always feel home, where would it be and why?

Yamhill, OR: My in law’s have a farm there, It’s been the most consistent home in my life in the last 12 years, I love being there. It ls an instant mood changer, how could you be surrounded by so much green and dogs and not be a happy person? it’s definitely one of my favorites. 

Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles: It’s the first time I realized we live on a  blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, It gave me perspective. I could totally live there, plus the view of downtown L.A. are pretty epic. 

San Francisco: I grew up spending summers with my aunt and uncle there. This place is magical and so full of life and art and music. The minute I smell that ocean breeze, I feel at home.

When you aren't travelling or working where can we find you?

At The Beach sticking my toes in the sand. 

What are your go to remedies when you have those insane up and down days?

Meditation, Yoga, Then Mediation= Repeat until Stable. 

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You are a conscious entrepreneur, working as a life and health coach with private clients , teaching yoga classes , retreats and trainings around the world. What does it mean to you teaching around the globe and working remotely? 

It is such a privilege. Growing up in East L.A. I never imagined that I would have a career first of all.. and second.. a career that I get to do something life changing and travel the world? That’s pretty wild. Being able to do this work for a living is such an honor and I am so grateful to get to do what I do and see the ever evolving process of transformation in our lives. 

 

My main goal has always been to just be present, with whoever I’m with, or whatever I’m doing. I don’t always get it right, but at least I know if I’m fully present there was no effort wasted. I spent a lot of my younger years not being a co-creator in my life and allowed external circumstances dictate where I was going and what I was doing. I am happy to say that now, I am extremely proud that is no longer the case. 

You have a long and deep connection with yoga, meditation and nutrition - when was the time where you found out that you  would like to share your story and how it benefited your life?

When I was a teenager I struggled with anxiety and depression. I was an unhealthy child, and did a few recreational drugs to sooth my struggles. I was at a point in my life when I was just so down, that I knew I needed to change. It took a few years for me to figure out there was a formula for me to get better. I needed movement to get out of my rut. 

I started running, trained for a marathon and got into yoga as a way to help my training efforts. I did yoga for a few years before it actually turned into what is now a life-long practice that I can honestly say saved my life.