Photo by Ronnie Lee Hill Photography
When you arrive at Grand Lake, this face might be waiting to gracefully greet you. Take a moment to meet your staff Victoria Russell. There’s often a lot more behind the faces we see every day than first comes to mind. Victoria’s superpower: her skillfulness in holding space, particularly at the busy Namaste front desk. Her calm, collected nature will remind you to slow down and savor right where you are. Read on for some stellar life advice from Victoria.
What is your favorite emoji at the moment?
The shrugging emoji or the cat with heart eyes.
What is one thing someone may be surprised to know about you?
I used my prom money to take a solo trip to Canada when I was in high school.
What is the best advice you’ve heard recently?
Meditate twice a day for 20 minutes each for two months and watch what happens.
How do you personally define wellness?
Bring the body and the mind will follow. Put yourself on the mat, in the room with the thought leaders you want, prepare the food you need to nourish you and surround yourself with it.
What are your favorite habits or rituals that help to make every day sacred?
• Meditation no matter what, even if it’s just one minute.
• Take a minute to enjoy every bite of food no matter what it is.
What is the best interaction you’ve had with a student recently?
A student that had been prescribed yoga by her therapist did the New Student Special and then upgraded to an unlimited member. She was thrilled with the unexpected yet positive changes a consistent yoga practice brought to her life.
Who are the teachers that inspire you?
Judith Lasater is my favorite teacher because she reads a beautiful poem at the end of the class and she is a wonderful author. She is also a proponent of doing NOTHING.
What are you up to when you aren’t in the studios?
Playing with my two orange tabby cats, watching a great tv drama, reading a delicious juicy novel, or most likely driving to one of my other jobs. I’m also a life coach!
Any books or podcasts to recommend?