STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: GUILLERMO RABIELA

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We are excited to announce Guillermo Rabiela as our newest student spotlight the month! Guillermo has shown a real dedication to his AntiGravity® yoga practice and experienced the growth and change in his life since practicing at the studio. Read our interview with him below:

How did you find out about Soul Flyte?
Through Yelp.  My very first experience with aerial yoga was in a workshop at a Scarsdale yoga studio, and I liked it so much that I looked for a place where I could do it more regularly.
 
What’s something you can't live without?
I don’t want to go all esoteric on you and talk about tanha and dukkha, so let’s just say that I am incredibly grateful for every minute that my wife, mother, and sister are in my life.
 
What brought you to try your first class at SF?
I liked aerial yoga so much when I first experienced it in a workshop at a regular yoga studio that I looked for a place where I could practice it regularly.  And SF had gushing reviews, so I rushed to take my first class.
 
What’s your favorite time of day?
Early morning – and don’t ask me how early, as it’d just confirm your suspicion that I’m a bit strange…
 
Do you have a favorite pose at SF?
Robin Hood.  I like the entire sequence, from Tom Sawyer to Mummy to Robin Hood.  I still haven’t quite figured out a graceful way to come out of it, though!
 
What’s the best meal you've eaten?
The meals at a yoga retreat in southern Arizona.  It wasn’t a yoga vacation but rather a formal retreat: basic accommodations, no phone or TV, observing silence for the first half of each day.  It was uncomplicated vegan food, prepared by a chef from nearby Nogales, but every meal was absolutely delicious.
 
Favorite thing about coming to Soul Flyte?
I always feel welcome, and I know that I’m in for a fun workout.
 
Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely!  I have recommended it to many friends and colleagues.
 
Favorite/best place you've traveled to:
Bhutan, a small country on the eastern edge of the Himalayas.  I loved the landscapes and the culture.  I was there for a week about five years ago, and haven’t lost hope to visit again.
 
What's your favorite book? Movie?
Reading is my favorite pastime (right along with yoga, of course).  There are a couple of recent books by Huval Noah Harari I found fascinating: Sapiens and Homo Deus.  They are both quite wide-ranging; one is about the history of humankind, and the other is about where we are going.
 
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

That would be getting in a small plane with a friend who, to put it kindly, overstated his flying time and skills.  I joined him while he worked on perfecting (again, putting it kindly) his landing.  When I finally got out of the plane I fell down to my knees and kissed the ground!
 
Anything else you want to share?
Thank you, Shira, for creating Soul Flyte!  It is a special place that goes beyond a beautiful space and a crew of fantastic instructors.