We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Marie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Autumn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks to me are really just decisions, and no matter which way I go or what happens it will lead me to something, and that, to something else. Even if it doesn’t go the way I hoped, there will still be something learned from that choice and some kind of window or door opened.
I was nervous the day I decided to buy a one-way ticket to Central America. I was going into the unknown, doing something I had never done before, and I didn’t know the first thing about traveling. But leaving my job and my life in NYC felt less like a risk, and more just something I would figure out as I went. I ended up living on the island of Utila for several years and that’s what eventually led me to Ashtanga Yoga and to India. India, and both of my yoga teachers, led me to become a teacher myself, and becoming a teacher has led me to people I now call friends and family.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for nearly 9 years and the biggest lessons I’ve learned have been about my connection to myself, which also reveals the way I connect with the world. It’s not always easy. I move through the asana practice six days a week in the early mornings, and there is no one there but me. Just myself and a yoga mat. There is no escape from my own thoughts or emotions, and that can be a very confronting thing. The practice has shown me how I react when I’m uncomfortable, and how I treat or think about myself when I’m frustrated. But it has also made me realize how disciplined and self-motivating I can be. How focused, accepting, and calm I’ve become. In turn I’ve found joy in teaching and supporting others in their own journeys.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live upstate NY in the Catskill Mountains and my favorite place is Crystal Lake just a few minutes from my house. I’ve been swimming there since I was a baby. I love to go during the week when no one is around – the only noise are the birds, the water lapping the bank, and the breeze in the trees. I’ve always said it’s the place of souls.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my Mom and three older brothers – they’ve always supported me, no matter what. My friends who know some of the darkest parts of me but love me regardless. My teachers for believing in me even when I myself was uncertain, and the amazing people who practice with me – for trusting me and this beautiful practice I have the privilege to teach.