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Current Passions?

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Sophie Padma Levy: Yoga Teacher

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I am Sophie Levy. Throughout my life, I tried most physical activities available to me, running, volleyball, jazz dance, ice skating, basketball, handball, ballet, you name it. Each time, I would stick to it for a few years and then eventually moved on to the next "phase".  With yoga, it was love at first sight and I never looked back since. As soon as I entered the yoga room, I knew I was home, the home of my heart.  Since that day in 2002, I took various trainings and workshops and started teaching within a year with the intention of opening my own space some day.  It finally happened in 2010 when I opened Padme Yoga Center in Sacramento, which allowed me to grow as a yoga practitioner and as a person, taking me to the deeper parts of my soul as I navigated through the joys and challenges of owning a business. I decided to sell Padme Yoga Center in October 2016 and focusing on teaching, teacher trainings, retreats and business coaching. My yoga journey continues to inspire me to "dive" deeper, through each class I take or teach, each person I meet and each situations I am faced with. I feel blessed and grateful to be on this yoga path. Yoga is life, it is the deepest journey within yourself will ever be able to take.

What do I do best?

I question.... not as a way of doubting. I question my thoughts, my views about the world to make sure that I keep growing, evolving, connecting.

I listen... to others, and also to my inner voice, the guide within me, the true knowledge. By listening I allow myself to stay open and not being “stuck” with old thinking.

I let go.... of old beliefs that are not serving me any more, to relationships that drain me, to possession that weigh me down.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Probably what I expressed in the earlier. I alloys me to continue to shade “layers” and stay open to opportunities and changes.

I am the best version of myself when I feel that I can share what I know to allow someone else to grow as well. I am a constant student of life.

What are my aspirations?

Since selling the yoga studio in 2016 I have been missing the sense of community I had created. My aspiration is to create a new community to allow others to have a safe place to be themselves. It could be another studio, healing center, community space, the main goal is to have a safe place to offer healing, support and unconditional love.

My Biggest Success?

My biggest accomplishment so far has been to open a yoga studio from scratch, with no funding and little business experience. I owned and managed a successful studio for over 6 years, until I felt that it was time for me to move on. I feel that letting it go is also one of my biggest accomplishment. I let it go, moved to a new place, knowing only a few people in that new place, and re-inventing myself from a place of truth and vulnerability.

My Most Challenging Moment?

I would probably say the most recent one, selling the studio, letting go of the community I created which was my family and trust that I will be able to ground myself again and again. Detachment can be the most difficult to achieve but also one of the most rewarding.

My Motto?

Be the change you want to see!

I try to follow my own teachings. What kind of yoga teacher would I be if I was not to follow my own teachings, every day? I won’t say that it is easy and that’s the reason that I will always and for most, be a student.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

Oprah, as a personal and what she has achieved business wise. She continues to question, explore, share, grow and I truly admire these qualities.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

By the Ocean, that’s my happy place. There is nothing like listening to the waves crashing and admiring the beauty of nature, just being a witness to the beauty surrounding us. 

My Favorite Products/Objects?

Right now I am obsessed with Mala beads. I started making them and I feel that it creates a special bond with the "object". I love things that are handmade the most, or created by nature.

My Current Passions?

The one passion that is always present is Yoga, not just the poses but as a way of life, of being, of showing up in the world. I am also passionate about music, my favorites lately are Trevor Hall, Michael Franti, Nakko and Medicine for the People.

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