THE WELL Q&A: Juan Gamboa
THE WELL yoga teacher on how he maintains balance.
I started my personal yoga practice in the nineties because I suffered from anxiety and probably a stress disorder that I was “too busy” to identify. When I lost my job as financial research manager right before the Great Recession a decade ago, I decided to become a full-time yoga teacher.
Yoga reminded me to rest and reflect — to get off the hamster wheel and start living life. As a teacher, I want to spread the learnings, philosophy and joy of the practice.
My community has been the biggest part of my immunity. I have (digitally) gathered the best of my people around me every day — my teachers, mentors, family and students. I am alive and awakened because of them all.
The balance of work, play and connection to self.
New York. Travel. Sleep.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
“Be kind. It shakes the world.” — Cleo Wade
Is water a snack?
Morning coffee. No “in-boxing” an hour before sleep.
Moisturizers. Sunscreen. Hand sani.
Live with deep compassion. Work the heart, the mind and every muscle throughout the day. It sets the entire body up for a night of rebuilding.
I eat hearty meals (like stews, rice, soups) that remind me of my childhood in Manila. Back home in the Philippines, we usually eat with our hands (pre-COVID), and sometimes we use banana leaves as plates. We are such people of the Earth. To me, this is true comfort personified.
Almond milk and blueberries in a Magic Bullet.
A service or self-care product from THE WELL.
"Be curious. Not judgmental." — Walt Whitman
Yoga, dance and walking around the city
Sleep, vitamin C and lots of zinc