Interview with Adrian Molina

 

I made my practice, piece-by-piece, learning here and there. The most effective practice is the one that is the most effective to the students that you have in front of you and makes them feel alive while safe and nurtured.

Describe your personality in three words.

Stubborn – Kind – Dedicated.

Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I live in Miami Beach.

How long have you been practicing yoga and why did you start practicing yoga?

I’ve been practicing since 2004 and I started practicing because the practice appeared at a time in life where I was ready.

What is yoga to you?

A way of connecting with the world, and through the world to myself.

How did you feel after your first yoga class and how do you want students to feel after they practice with you?

I want them to feel exactly the same way I felt. Like if I was sent into a rocket to the moon and came back and I had the trip of my life.

What impact has yoga had on your life? Who were you before you started practicing and how have you changed, evolved and transformed?

Before I was a collection of thoughts, there was no integration, no perspective. Now there are thoughts, perspective, but there is also an internal base. A more calming perspective.

Why did you decide to start teaching yoga and what makes a good yoga teacher?

I didn’t. The practice took me that path even when I resisted it. It was meant to be.

What style of yoga do you practice and what makes that style most effective? Do you have a teacher in your style of yoga?

I don’t believe in styles. I don’t believe in gurus. I never had a yoga guru. I made my practice, piece-by-piece, learning here and there. The most effective practice is the one that is the most effective to the students that you have in front of you and makes them feel alive while safe and nurtured.

What has been your biggest struggle and your biggest milestone in the practice?

Achieve a level of recognition that continuously pulls my ego into believing that this is all about and continuing the process of humbling myself for the small things.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why? And what’s your least favorite yoga pose and why?

I don’t have favorite poses. I enjoy movement. Life is movement. Postures can be ecstatic. I enjoyed transitions more than postures.

What has been the most inspirational moment you’ve experienced as a yoga student?

Crying on the mat. And understanding that I was on the mat for solace and not for fitness.

And how about as a teacher?

The continuous love that inspires me to keep learning, giving, and living.

Why do you practice? Why do you teach?

I practice for health. I teach for love.

What’s your favorite yoga quote or mantra?

“Relax, nothing is under control.” –Pema Chodron.

What is the single most defining issue facing the global yoga community today?

Condensing everything into an Instagram post with a quote that have no connection to each other.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you as a student and as a teacher?

You don’t want to know!

Do you have any recommended yoga reading?

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.

What is your dharma, your life mission?

Discovering my dharma and my life mission.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on their yoga journey?

Listen to yourself, lots of people talk, very few of them do.

Are there any current projects you’re working on that you can tell us about?

So many: teaching at prisons, hospitals, schools, community events and the Warrior Flow School.

Author

  • Adrian Molina

    Adrian Molina, a prominent figure in community organization and mental health advocacy, dedicates his life to fostering connections and effecting positive change, particularly among marginalized groups. With a background in social service, including work in homeless shelters and maximum security prisons, Adrian emphasizes the importance of mind-body practices in healthcare and law enforcement. As the founder of Warrior Flow, Adrian offers trauma-informed yoga education worldwide, targeting those in community outreach and the medical field. He's a passionate mental health advocate, volunteering with crisis hotlines, serving as an ambassador for NAMI, and training for various programs focused on suicide prevention and child abuse. Adrian is also working on a memoir exploring themes of mental health, resilience, and growth. Adrian's influence spans globally, inspiring hope and change in countless lives. Click link below to learn more about Adrian’s work.

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