Meet Marlene Arzola

Marlene Arzola, Warrior Flow School

1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you.

I'm an evolving yoga and meditation instructor living on Tequesta land. I care about nourishing my wellbeing, as well as my community and promoting a healthier planet. I'm also a healthcare professional who enjoys spreading love, connection and joy with others while being of service.

2- What inspired you, if any, to join the Warrior Flow 200-Hour Yoga Training’s faculty? 

Adrian Molina and I have been collaborating for some time now. He graciously accepted teaching chair yoga to the residents at the facility where I work. We have been collaborators on this work of love bringing yoga to people with various disabilities. Out of my admiration for Adrian's work and his team, I accepted his invitation to become part of The Warrior Flow faculty.

3- In simple words, what does yoga mean to you?

Yoga is the integration of all the parts that constitute "me", the joining of my body, my mind, my emotions, feelings and how this "I" connects with the world around us. Yoga is a way of life -the "Namaste" way. It's bowing to life as it unfolds with all its challenges and all its beauty. It's recognizing our deep interconnections and oneness.

4- What is the main difference between learning yoga now and when you took your first yoga training?

Learning yoga 30 years ago was more like having fun in the mat and a smile after class. Now, it is more than having fun. It is integrating my yoga practice to my daily living, to my work, my connection with family and friends, the planet and all my relations.

5- In your opinion, why is this a key moment in time to learn yoga? 

We are witnessing wars between nations, facing the many challenges of a world pandemic, experiencing climate disasters, racism, injustice, inequalities, and growing violence and divides. Open-hearted skillfull means of yoga practice is key to connect us all to live with kindness and in peace.

6- Who would you be without yoga? 

An unfocused, constricted, less stable person.

7- Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are today?

My father was my main role model. He was a kind, hardworking altruistic person. He has instilled a sense of dignity and integrity in me. Along this life journey, I have met many people -and pets too-who have also inspired me to work hard, serve and shine.

8- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?

Loosing loved ones, witnessing much human suffering when I worked as a therapist for foster children have been hard lessons in my journey. Also, being a single mother with all the challenges that it brings along have defined my trajectory.

9- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?

We can start with ourselves. Acknowledging our deepest needs, working towards a healthy living and cultivating kindness, gratitude and awareness. We can become warriors of peace and light through our actions.

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