We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisha Olson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alisha, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Take what resonates, and leave the rest.”

Whether I’m teaching a yoga class or a new Jiu-Jitsu technique, I offer this quote to my students, who may feel overwhelmed by new information. It allows them to focus on aspects of the lesson to which they harmoniously relate — and, arguably, what is meant for them at that moment.

By allowing what doesn’t resonate to fall by the wayside, students avoid the pitfalls of comparison and associated feelings of unworthiness or ‘less-than.’ Instead, they imbue their attention with feelings of curiosity and fascination. This leaves them open to new discoveries and expanded levels of consciousness. 
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a 15-year yogi, 12-year martial artist, and lifetime artist, I am most excited to bring to life the principles and philosophies of these disciplines through the medium of children’s books.

Currently, my two children’s board books are in pre-production, written and illustrated by me. The word “yoga” is derived from a Sanskrit word that translates to “union.” It is my dream and vision to unite communities through movement and inspirational storytelling.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First Fridays in downtown for some local art. Hike Piestewa Peak. Grab lunch at organic, gluten-free restaurant Giving Tree Cafe. Spend an afternoon at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum). Finish the night with key lime pie at Chelsea’s Kitchen.

We’d have to spend time in the beauty of nature and the warm sun, either by visiting the Desert Botanical Garden, or by hiking Piestewa Peak (or maybe both)!

My favorite restaurant is organic, gluten-free, and vegan so we’d gorge on a feast at Giving Tree Cafe.

We wouldn’t miss a show at the MIM, making sure to get our music fix before heading to Chelsea’s Kitchen for coffee and dessert.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many thanks go to the nonprofit organization, The Empowered Heart, and founder Agnes Chau, who is dedicated to the advancement of people’s health and personal power through wellness techniques and self-love practices.

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