Meet Rodrigo Souza
1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you.
I am a very optimistic and empathetic person. Life has thrown me some curveballs along the way which made me also see life in a more humble, compassionate, and loving way. I am always thankful for life’s experiences and the human connections and relationships that I am gifted every day.
I think folks hear good things about me maybe because I am passionate about what I do.
2- What inspired you, if any, to join the Warrior Flow 200-Hour Yoga Training’s faculty?
I have known Adrian Molina for a while and have been following his works and projects. He’s a kind-spirited person and I thought that it would be fun to create something with him. I think I have a lot to learn from him and everyone from Warrior Flow.
They seem to be a good bunch
3- In simple words, what does yoga mean to you?
Yoga for me is a way of life. You don’t practice Yoga, you live Yoga. It is a long-term commitment you have with yourself to become a better version of yourself every single day.
4- What is the main difference between learning yoga now and when you took your first yoga training?
When I did learn yoga I thought it was a physical exercise 🙈
I started out going to a Bikram yoga studio twice a week in my mid-twenties. Now I see that Yoga can be an incredible tool of self-discovery and self-development, something that connects you with your true self. A tool of transformation for you and the people around you.
5- In your opinion, why is this a key moment in time to learn yoga?
Because we need to switch from this greed capitalist society model we live in today to one more conscious and human. A switch from “produce-consume-produce” society to one with more solidarity, justice, and equity.
Yoga is a great tool to bring us closer to a more loving kind planet 🌎
6- Who would you be without yoga?
I would be running behind my tail like a crazy dog, never satisfied with myself and with life. I probably would complain a lot and read celebrity news, daily. 😫
7- Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are today?
My mother is my role model, she takes every decision based on love, she is generous, given, and very caring.
She practices Yoga much more than I do without even performing one single asana.
8- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
I saw the need of making Yoga accessible for folks who have gone through disabilities.
Today is uncommon for you to see someone with a disability practicing yoga. It’s uncommon to see teachers with students with disabilities.
This modern “Feet behind the neck - white - skinny - contortionist” yoga is not very welcoming, and it is very intimidating.
So I think it is about time for us to change that I get disabled folks practicing it.
Yoga should be for everyone and everyone should have access to it.
9- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
We can all work on ourselves to become a better version of ourselves every day, and we can start doing that by applying Yoga philosophy to our day-to-day life, being more mindful about ourselves and the environment we live in.
Before we try to change the world, we should change ourselves.
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