Hey, it’s Arianna Lynne.
I’m Arianna Lynne, the creator of Yoga With Mimosas. I am a second-generation immigrant and first-generation college student, as well as a dancer, certified POP Pilates instructor, and PIIT28 instructor. This is my story.
I was the “weird” kid.
Being the soft-spoken, nerdy kid made me an easy target for bullying. Having interests in things no one else did also set me apart from others, and not in a good way. (Strangely enough, these things that made me “different” were little things like being interested in Korean pop music. Kids can be cruel.) I used to constantly find that my desk was gone through, notes saying things like, “Arianna Lynne is a freak of nature!” and so on. When teachers had their backs turned, those notes became words. On top of that, I wasn’t good at sports.
I was the kid tagging along the end of the line at the mile run. The person who was always chosen last for dodgeball? Yup, that’s me. I’ve been hit in the face more times than I’d like to admit. All was well after class was over… Until I got to do it all over again the next week at PE until the end of 8th grade.
So there I was. The weird kid who liked weird things and sucked at sports. Not much of a confidence booster, is it? The funny thing is, when you hear something often enough, you start to believe it’s true. I saw myself as weird, untalented, and worthless because of the bullying. My self-esteem was at an all-time low.
I wanted to change how I saw myself.
Going into high school, I didn’t have confidence in my body or interest in any physical activity. The fact that I was still an introvert didn’t help. After my experience throughout elementary school and middle school, I was extremely self-conscious about how people perceived me.
Despite all the harsh words that felt like they were seared into my brain at this point, there was no way I was going to change who I am to be liked by others. Being proud of who I am was not up for compromise. I did want to at least change how I saw my body.
The gym wasn’t an option for me. My anxiety wouldn’t let me expose myself to the possibility of being watched and embarrassing myself. I started out by doing workouts and learning dances at home instead.
Eventually, I found my path.
Long story short, I wasn’t good at physical activity involving things like bats, but I realized I was good at things that involved music and movement. It took a while for me to get started, but I eventually began taking dance classes and doing POP Pilates. I participated in dance recitals and theater. My confidence soared. How people saw me no longer affected the way I saw myself.
I eventually became a certified POP Pilates instructor and PIIT28 instructor. Today along with Yoga With Mimosas, I’m working on creating live online POP Pilates and PIIT28 classes. I love my mind and body as it is, but I still continue to grow each day. The next step for me is becoming a certified life coach and maybe even teaching a few dance classes.
A couple of years ago, I was reflecting on my own journey and had this light bulb moment. I spent years feeling bad that I wasn’t good at this one thing that I was only doing because I had to do it. It’s a feeling that follows us no matter how old we are because society does it all the time, make you feel like you HAVE to be or look a certain way. There’s absolutely no reason for someone to feel distraught over one thing they’re bad at when they’re good at 100 other things. It got me thinking, “Maybe people just haven’t found those 100 things, just like me a few years ago.”
And so Yoga With Mimosas was born.
The truth is, when you find that balance that works for you, you will succeed. Today, I’m the strongest I have ever been in my life, physically and mentally, because I found out what works for me. I want to help you do the same through Yoga With Mimosas.
I chose the blog name Yoga With Mimosas because I wanted to show that you can take two things that are the complete opposites of each other and put them together. Why? Well, have you ever seen those “inspirational” fitness posts that go along the lines of, “Why eat pizza when you can be skinny?” or, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”?
The problem with that is everyone has their own definition of “skinny,” and being skinny isn’t everyone’s goal. Some people actually want to gain weight. Others might be focused on gaining muscle and don’t care what the scale says. These types of “inspirational” posts shame you into thinking you have to look a certain way by making you feel bad about what you eat or don’t eat. The truth is, it is possible to indulge in the “bad” things in life while remaining fit and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Big things are coming.
Yoga With Mimosas is more than just a blog. It’s the start of a community. No matter how old a person is or where they are in life, no one should ever have to feel pressured to look a certain way or to give up a passion because they’ve reached a certain age. Life isn’t one size fits all. and we shouldn’t try to act like it is. We definitely shouldn’t have to shame anyone, especially ourselves, in the process either. The cycle ends now.
You can do yoga and still have mimosas too.