Gigi and I met studying at The Breathing Project and I was immediately attracted to her warm, welcoming, soothing energy. Her nurturing presence fills up any room she's in. Gigi teaches a practice of yoga that is not only asana. She looks for a student/teacher relationship that is based on mutual respect where both parties grow by spending time together.
This is so evident in what she shares with us today about her own movement practices and how she supports people listen to their own intuitive knowledge. Plus, she's also a painter and is now combining art and asana!
She has so many brilliant gems to share, read on:
Meet Gigi Boetto:
How do you help people stay healthy?
My teaching comes from my personal questions around empowerment, autonomy, and connection. I’m interested in helping people understand what has taken me a long time to understand-- they know themselves better than anyone else could ever possibly know them. My journey is about exploring deep inside (I understand this can mean a lot of different things) to learn what I can about myself-- mind/body. I find the deeper I've gone, the more I am capable of relating to everything/one else in healthier ways. I think empowerment is a first step, but that ultimately we want to connect to others, our communities, and our universe. One of my teachers says, “It’s not special being special.” I love this. We’re all special, now how do we connect knowing we are all special?
What is the #1 thing someone could do TODAY to feel better in their body?
I’d ask my student-- what is the #1 thing you could do today to feel better in your body? They might have a great answer. Together, we can take it from there.
What's your advice to someone who's having trouble getting started with that?
At this point, I can listen and witness. What are my students concerns? After this, I might offer an action. Maybe they are thinking too much, and they need an action.
What does a typical day look like for you and how do you fit movement into it?
My days are really different, so nothing is typical. :) This may sound funny, but it's convenient-- First thing in the morning I feed my two cats, so I have a practice on my kitchen floor next to them while they're eating. It involves movement and a short meditation. Later in the day, I will have a practice whenever I have the time. Somedays it's only 20-30 minutes, other days it's 3 hours.
What other practices keep you healthy? In body and/or in mind?
I am also a painter. I spend a lot of time in my painting studio. I also like to walk around this wonderful city I live in. It fills me up-- the energy, the people. My husband is the greatest yogi (who doesn’t practice asana) I have ever met. He has a beautiful perspective on life because he has had a lot of health issues that have brought him near death. Spending time with him and my cats is the healthiest practice around.
What is your JOYworkout?
*Elyse calls a "JOYworkout" a form of movement that is something more than a workout for workout's sake. It's exercise and it's ALSO something that: a) you just plain LOVE to do, b) builds your community, c) teaches you a new skill, d) enhances your spiritual life, e) helps you give back, f) gets you outdoors + is adventurous.
Sex...oh, and I like running and hiking. ;)
If you "fall off the wagon" with your health + wellness, how do get back into it?
Journaling has always been a way for me to reflect on what's going on in my life. The deeper issue troubling me and keeping me from healthy habits is usually found on the page.
Where are you getting your motivation from right now?
My motivation to do anything right now is coming from a sincere sense of gratitude that I have for my privileged life. I really don't have a good reason to bitch about anything. All of my needs are met-- food, shelter, love & health.
What is a motto or quote that you live by?
My motto changes with the life questions I’m marinating with at the time. Right now, it comes in the form of a question from a Mary Oliver poem, The Summer Day-- “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Thanks So Much For Sharing With Us Gigi!
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