We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanya Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanya, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
“Balance is a slice of chocolate cake today and a kale salad tomorrow.” – Tanya
I think this is a great question, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month. I believe I take balance more seriously now in terms of work and personal life. I believe it’s important to perfect your craft however it is equally important to check in on your physical and mental body. As a Yoga Instructor and Wellness Facilitator, I am constantly reminded to practice what I preach. To create time to prioritize the things that give me joy outside of my work. Ensuring I am not over-consuming or extending too much pressure. Prior to my mindset now, there was a time when I had three jobs and went to school. I didn’t know anything about balance.
Currently, I see the world split down the middle. I see the people that worked so hard in the beginning stages of life really letting go and requesting mental health days and time for rest and peace. Whereas, some are still married to the notion of being booked, busy, and secure. Honestly, I can’t blame it due to the experience of 2020.
In my personal life, I also learned that life is full of balance. Beginnings and endings. Winnings and losings. Laughing and crying. Good days and bad days. So, if today isn’t your day, you get a hall pass for tomorrow.
Now that I just had a salad for dinner, I’m looking forward to that chocolate cake. Let me know if you would like a slice, too.
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 believe my brand name, ” No More Trauma” speaks for itself in terms of challenges. The journey toward my work was very challenging. However, I believe my blind faith and the way I show up in teaching or facilitating demonstrates the power of healing on and off the mat. Understand that life is full of challenges, setbacks, and turmoil but it’s about the power of resiliency and the journey back to your wholeness and authentic self. Not at all to say that you won’t cry, lose, fail, or feel completely defeated and depleted. It really just comes right back to the balance of life. That will support your personal strength and growth. I believe I try to approach with a sense of calmness and openness as well. I want the world to know that No More Trauma Yoga & Wellness is a growing international brand looking to support everyone in their very own healing practice in whatever way is needed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, I love hosting people around town! So, my new favorite vegan (yes, I’m the excited vegan lol) restaurant is Coronado Phoenix. I usually get the cauliflower tacos!
To walk it off, I am such a fan of the Botanical Gardens with so many cacti and blooms. They also have really good margaritas.
Tempe Townlake is a great spot to paddleboard or simply have a picnic under the trees and reflect with a beautiful view of the water.
Downtown is also great to shop all the local art, greet vendors, and enjoy the weekend Farmer’s Market. I like to enjoy the Freak Brothers pizza.
Lastly, I like the yoga studio in which I teach, Blue Buddha Collective in Scottsdale. We have great Classes and amazing Chai Tea. (Okay maybe I’m a little biased lol but, I promise we have 5* for a reason!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, I’d like to shout out this amazing book, The Heart of the Soul -Emotional Awareness by Gary Zukav. I’ve talked about this book so much lately! I believe this book has done so much for me personally and for my work as a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher. It helped me identify old patterns and behaviors that needed to be released so I become a better version of myself. This book highlights the importance of being able to go within and explore painful sensations physically and emotionally. I think it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to reflect and see how you can show up better. It allows freedom.