Q. When did you first start practicing yoga?
A. I started practicing at home in January 2013 through Instagram challenges. In February I took my first class & went home & converted half my small apartment into a yoga space – it was love at first OM!
Q. What were you doing prior to practicing yoga for a physical fitness & connection?
A. When I was 12 I started belly dance which sparked my love for movement. I went through spurts of going to the gym, but was far from fit and my main outlet was always dance.
Q. How do you shoot your stunning lifestyle yoga photography?
A. I have a flexible little tripod that can easily balance on uneven ground or wrap around trees, and have gotten pretty good at the whole self-timer thing. In the future I would love to take a few photography courses, but for now it’s a lot of trial and error with lighting & angles.
Q . Do you have a muse?
A. I have so many! I draw inspiration from so many incredible women in all aspects of my life that I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Q. Do you have a spirit animal or guide, or anything of the sort? If so, what is it?
A. Dragonflies! I absolutely love them and they have shown up consistently throughout my life in moments of fear or doubt, from car accidents to break-ups, which I take as a sign that everything is going to be okay.
Q. What’s your favourite Quote or Motto?
A. "Do all things with love"
Q. What is / are your favourite Bicycle by Downtown Betty piece(s) & why?
A. I love the fringed bandeau because it’s fun, playful, and it stays in place! My absolute favourite is the Dhoti Pants. I like wearing comfortable functional clothing that can keep up with me, and I was getting really tired of wearing yoga leggings every day, so the Dhoti Pants have filled the big gap in my wardrobe becoming my go-to everyday pants.
Q. What do you love most about Downtown Betty?
A. I do my best to support businesses (whether food or clothing) that are local & environmentally friendly. Discovering Downtown Betty was like hitting the jackpot, the fabrics are amazing & are cut right there in the studio into incredibly functional pieces.
Q. We love your tattoo’s ~ What’s your favourite?
A. Every time I get a new one it’s my new favourite! The mandala on my forearms is my favourite piece aesthetically, but I have a lot of little ones that I love for different reasons – like my Wu-Tang and Leonard Cohen tribute tattoos. It’s like collecting little souvenirs from different phases of my life, and acknowledging that those phases have shaped who I am today.
Thanks to beautiful, talented & stunning Ms Elle Clio. Follow her on Instagram @elleclio ;)