Why are you excited/happy/committed to sharing your wisdom at the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference?
Sharing my wisdom to the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference is beyond exciting for me because I want to promote individuals with disabilities to learn and create a wellbeing lifestyle. In this more broader availability to promote myself and my story, I hope to show an example of strength and true understanding of what yoga is all about: acceptance to all.
The theme of the 2020 conference is ‘love is medicine‘. What does this mean to you?
Love is a real medicine. It can physically and psychologically change a person’s body and mind, thus healing the self. My past I have rarely felt ‘love’ to myself and from others, however in continuing my yoga journey I found the love. I believe the very definition of yoga is love. Love to yourself, to your body, and to others. So in doing this love, it betters your overall health and wellbeing.
How do you manage stress or overwhelm?
I manage my stress through breathing techniques/ pranayama. Your breath tells you everything. It can change your nervous system and the very ‘Fight or Flight’ reaction. So in self discovering different breathing techniques you can manage any present emotions and calming yourself down.
How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered by my promotion: that all beings can do yoga. My face and personal finance doesn’t need to be remembered, but the very fact in seeing all people with various abilities do yoga, and eventually find the inner peace that I have experienced in yoga.
What is your morning ritual?
My ongoing ritual in the morning is an Ayurvedic self care. Ayurveda is the science of life, and in the very act of Ayurveda is self care. Self care to your body and to the mind. So in beginning my day with lemon warm water, oil pulling, self massage, etc I start the day in remembrance to myself that I am important and need love.
Do you have a favourite quote you’d like to share?
“Just Breathe” . My future tattoo to always self see that all I need to do is Breathe. Breathing is something that I personally view is the start of Yoga/Meditation, because it’s the essential way to calm down and be present.
Being diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum at a very young age wasn’t easy for Noelle Smith.
As a child and teen Noelle was raised in a world where people had not a lot of knowledge of the diagnosis, thus living in fear towards her and chosen through society as “never graduating past highschool”
This chosen by life evaluation resulted in her dealing with multiple mental illnesses and a lack of social life. However, it is through her dedication to herself by not giving up and not listening from the society that eventually had herself meet the World of Yoga.
Starting the exercise-driven class had not been easy and Noelle hated it. She couldn’t stand the poses and had constant anxiety attacks through the physical closeness between teacher and student. She, however never gave up and within time Noelle finally understood the whole aspect of Yoga. She learnt through the poses, started understanding her body, and eventually overcoming the anxiety or in other words “release trauma”
It is through that experience that Noelle Smith knew she needed to connect to similar living human beings, impact her wisdom to others, as well as advocate for People with Disabilities, and thus becoming a Yoga and Meditation Instructor herself.
Currently, Noelle Smith teaches Yoga and Meditation classes in Campbell River B.C. and continues an online page via Instagram and Facebook.
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