Magic Yogi: Allison Texeira
One of my favorite things about sending Magic Carpet Yoga Mats flying out the door is watching them become part of beautiful yoga practices all over the world. I feel incredibly lucky to offer a vehicle for yoga magicians to cast their spells on, and luckier still to connect with some of these darlings personally. Seeing what great uses Magic Carpet Yoga Mats are being put to has been so incredibly inspirational, I couldn’t keep it in anymore! Our Magic Yogi series shares the stories and practices of some of our favorite yoga babes for you to get inspired too.
If I’m being honest, Allison Texeira inspired this whole series. Allison reached out to us via instagram earlier this year and we loved her bohemian playfulness. She ended up modeling for our AW14 lookbook shoot while she was visiting California this summer, and meeting her sealed the deal. We love this gal! Not only is she a hilarious firecracker, but she has a beautiful yoga practice in Oahu, Hawaii. She is also a survivor of fibromyalgia and scoliosis and has lead a truly inspiring journey into personal physical and mental wellness through yoga.
It was great to catch up with Allison and learn about what she’s up to out in paradise, teaching at Hawaii Yoga Institute and spreading MCYM love around the islands. Read on and let us know how you like the interview on our Facebook page: facebook.com/magiccarpetyogamats.
Name: Allison Keith Texeira or @bohoyogini on IG.
Location:Born and raised in California, living on the North Shore of Oahu.
Favorite Yoga Studio: Noelani Studios or Yoga Loft Hawaii
Astrological Sign: I am a Libra. Look out! 🙂
What role does yoga play in your life?
Yoga has served as a source of healing. A tool to enhance and promote a spiritual, emotional, and physical self journey and exploration.
How has yoga changed your life/mind/body?
It has helped me look within and find my truest form of self, externalizing it more freely, and naturally. Through tapping into this self love, and acceptance it has made it a lot simpler to find the beauty in most situations that I would have previously struggled through.
Can you tell us about fibromyalgia and scoliosis? What role have these played in your life and yoga practice?
Don’t feel bad if you’re reading this and have never heard of, or are extremely confused by Fibromyalgia. It is commonly referred to as the invisible disease, because the majority of the symptoms cannot be seen by someone who isn’t the sufferer. Fibromyalgia is an auto immune disorder. The body is fighting itself, and through the nervous system sends mixed signals of pain, to the brain. Among pain, the most frequent symptoms are chronic/extreme fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes, lack of energy, difficulty remembering, concentrating and doing simple tasks which is known as Fibro Fog. Sensitivity to certain noises, smells, bright lights, foods, weather, medications, and even textures. To summarize, internally my body feels about 85 years old, whereas on the outside I look like a perfectly average 24 year old. Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. People with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. The spine might look like the letter “C” or “S.” I not only have an “s” curve, but I also have a rotation! So my spine is curving and also rotating at the same time.
I use yoga, dance and mediation to manage my symptoms and to prevent any further development in my conditions. Some days are extremely tough to get through, let alone to then come to my mat and do physical Asana. On those days I meditate on my mat, journal, or simply take savasana. On the opposing days, I feel I need to really get my prana going full force to flush out whatever I am holding inside, physical pain or the emotional end of it. The yoga community embraces everyone, and whatever they bring to the mat day after day. So that is how I’ve started to look at my life, and my practice with these diagnoses.
What’s the hardest pose for you?
Handstand, or Utkatasana. Handstand for me is something I have been working on, but find so difficult because of the curve and rotation of my spine. Utkatasana is killer for most people, but it is especially intense for me due to the Fibromyalgia. I feel like I cannot breathe, and that at any moment every limb is going to fall off!
What’s your dream yoga retreat?
Somewhere that smells like flowers, that is sunny, and 75 degrees. A retreat my husband and I intend on making a reality one day. A retreat that makes you forget the urge to check your phones, your laptops. A place that you check in with yourself so deeply that by the end of your stay you cannot help but look within and think, “Where have you been all my life?” A place with lots of music, even more food, and so much laughter.
Most amazing yoga moment?
Truthfully, it is whenever I am able to do partner yoga with my husband. Being able to directly see the cause and affect of bringing two souls to one place, and creating and sharing something so intimate; simply breathtaking.
Favorite yoga pose?
Favorite yoga quote/mantra?
Spreading the love is what keeps the vibe alive.
Do you teach? If so, where can we find you and take a class?
I am a yoga and dance teacher on the North Shore of Oahu! I teach at Noelani Studios, Yoga Loft Hawaii, I work with Hawaii Yoga Institute, and I offer private one on one instruction as well! It truly is the best, and most rewarding job ever!!
Which MCYM do you practice on?
I practice on two different mats; the Sapphire Deco is my go to, especially for photo shoots on the beach, and the Traditional when I want to get cozy, and really juicy in a restorative practice.