The "Lone and only" series featuring: Alexis Gonzalez

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga has changed my life on so many levels... physically, spiritually, emotionally...  It has completely changed the way I view myself and the world around me.  I now have a deeper understanding, and appreciation, for this crazy journey we call life; empowering me to make the most out of this human experience and help others do the same. 

How do you overcome the fear of failure?

The fear of failure is a tough one. In a way, it still lingers in the back of my mind.  The difference is, now I know how to sit with that fear without allowing it to come between me and my dreams. So my mantra is simple: Be scared and do it anyways.

How would you define true empathy?

I would define true empathy as having the ability to understand the feelings/thought pattern of another.  It's a skill that allows you to connect with others on a more intimate level.

If you could teach the next generation one thing that would make a difference in the course of the world, what would it be?

If I could teach the next generation one thing that would make a difference in the course of the world, I would teach them that life is whatever you make of it.  You are whole, complete, and perfect in your own unique way, and capable of more than you could possibly imagine. So dream big, believe in yourself wholeheartedly, and be the change you wish to see in the world.

What gets you passionate?

[haha] So many things get me passionate! Ultimately though, it all comes down to experiencing life with heightened senses.  My heart longs to travel, seeing the world and its many cultures and sites... I want to smell and taste amazing foods...hear beautiful languages and music. I want to connect with God and all of His beautiful creations like never before.  Really, I guess you could say my passion lies in whatever sets my soul on fire.

One habit you never want to lose?

One habit I never want to lose is my love for knowledge.  I am a lifelong student.  I crave wisdom and understanding, so I try absorb as much information as possible at any given moment.

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