As a Bikram student and yoga enthusiast, I’ve always had a passion for the connection between the body, mind, and spirit. These core elements are strengthened by my love for culture, philosophy, style, music, and hearty foods. Truly, it was through my studies of history, economics, and current events that I began to see the world as a cycle, a system of repetition. I realized that the body is very much the same. You can build, break down, and re-build your system. That is when I decided to reach my fullest potential, to be the best version of myself in order to create a more sustainable, inclusive, happier, and healthier world. I’m just a drop in the ocean, but I know what I bring to the table!
I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power and having a positive attitude gets you to new heights. I believe I have a duty to share what I learn and to bring new perspective to others.
I started this blog as a passion project, my “hoop dream” if you will. The goal was to focus on my own journey and to grow from the challenges I experienced. I grew up in a dynamic, multi-ethnic family. I learned to understand my heritage on both sides from a young age, but struggled with identity growing up. My mom was the first person to introduce me to the practice. Yoga helped me to grow to love myself and to begin to look inward. It was through my difficulties that I learned to seek solutions, not excuses. Changing the way I responded to life's ups and downs was key. I knew I had to eliminate a lot of "wasteful thinking" and stop listening to "the noise". Negative thoughts really impact and hinder you from expressing your truest self. So I set out to educate myself, increase my physical strength, heal the past, and meditate my way into a new path, something only I could create.
In the Spring of 2017, I became an RYT® 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor.
My hope is to share what I’ve learned over the years in terms of defining who I am, overcoming personal challenges, and organizing my lifestyle by eating well and working on my yoga practice. I want this to be a place for beauty, strength, style, and integrity. I want to give myself a chance to water every seed that I see and spread a little positivity and love to others as well. Life is very short and so I plan to enjoy what I can while I’m here. I hope you’ll join me.
Name – Jasmine
What does the name of your blog mean? Life on a Mat is about creating a healthy lifestyle no matter where you are in the world. It’s a way of life for the stylish and creative yogi. Whether you’re traveling, working, or simply having a night in, you can create a center of solitude and happiness! The mat is my safe place to be me.
What is your nationality? I feel like I’ve answered this question a million times in my life lol but I am African American and Filipino. My ancestry also includes Native American, Spanish, and European decent. I was born and raised in Texas.
Favorite Flower – Hibiscus
Birthday – February 12
Sign – Aquarius ♒
Current City – Dallas, Texas
Favorite Yogi – Chaukei Ngai
Favorite Pose – Tree Pose
Where did you go to school? I received my Bachelor's degree in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011. Shortly after graduating I interned at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, and Research. I came back to Dallas to complete my Master’s degree in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution in 2013. I am also a certified Mediator in the State of Texas.
Favorite Non-Yoga Things to Do – Eating With Friends, Enjoy My Youth, Stargazing, Watch Documentaries
Favorite Thing to Eat – I love a good Sushi Night! Add some Sake or a Lychee Martini and I'm golden.
Exercise – Bikram Yoga and Working Out