“At our core, Girlvana is empowering the next generation of women through movement and mindfulness,” says yoga teacher Alex Mazerolle (@allymaz
) from Vancouver, Canada. Alex is the founder of Girlvana Yoga (@girlvanayoga
), a community on a mission to support teenage girls through yoga, meditation and mentorship.
“I grew up competitively dancing. I had an eating disorder. I doubted myself and my place in this world. I came to the yoga mat as a physical practice — I thought it was going to keep me flexible and strong. What it ended up being was a big overhaul of my life. After I had been teaching yoga for four years, I realized if someone had taught me how to breathe, if someone listened to me from a place of compassion at 14 years old, my life would’ve looked a lot different. The work I do with Girlvana keeps me so accountable, and so real and transparent about my relationship to my body and food.
Embedded in its philosophy, yoga has this this intrinsic self-care and kindness that this is your one chance, your one vehicle, and to honor and find love and compassion for your body is much more fruitful than being at war with yourself.”
Photo by @allymaz