Imagine sitting quietly on your mat waiting to begin a yoga class, a class that beforehand people mention cautiously is the hardest that’s offered at the studio. I don’t know who you would be expecting to walk in the room to instruct, but probably not this petite, friendly, smiling face that will have you drop dead blissfully exhausted, but peacefully relaxed by the end of 75 minutes. At the La Jolla Yoga Center, Carolina Vivas teaches Power Vinyasa Yoga. It is a challenging class, and it’s called “power” for a reason.
I’m really glad I was able to interview Carolina because not only is she my teacher, but a mentor I look up to, and a friend. She really hustled to make yoga her career and despite the successes she’s already achieved, she has a hunger to keep challenging herself, which I really admire. When I first met Carolina, I remember thinking to myself something like: This chick masterfully delivers these creatively intense classes, like it’s nothing. She’ll be the perfect person to learn from. And she continues to be. She makes the hardest postures look so effortless as she teaches, which is inspiring for my own personal practice and for my role as a yoga instructor as well.