904’s Fittest: Eddie and Sarah Suero
Photography by Michelle J. Varela
Weight: 160 lbs
Favorite Type of Practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa
Weight: 150 lbs
Favorite Type of Practice: Vinyasa
Q: Eddie, what would you say to the people who hear the word yoga and imagine a room full of people chanting with their bodies tied up like pretzels?
A: I would tell them that chanting is not a requirement of yoga and neither is being flexible enough to be tied up like a pretzel. Flexibility is a byproduct of the practice of yoga, not a requirement. The only requirement of yoga is that you show up with a flexible mind and with the willingness to breath deeply as you practice. I hear many people (especially guys) saying that they’re not flexible enough to do it or that they’re not in “yoga shape.” Consider this, people don’t go to the gym and train because they’re big and strong, people become big and strong because they go to the gym and train. It’s the same with yoga. This amazing practice is here to make you feel great, to heal and seriously strengthen your body, and to give you powerful tools so that you can keep your mind calm, grow younger, and live your life fully.
Q: Sarah, if you could perform only perform one yoga pose for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
A: Downward facing dog. I love the immediate feeling of opening I experience in my body. The sense of stability of the ground under my fingers and toes. Taking a few deep breaths here is the best feeling in the world. Down dog as most people call it, is the easiest ‘pick me up’ ever. It’s calorie, chocolate, and caffeine free. It is definitely addicting though. Five breaths in down dog is all I need for a total attitude, back, arms and legs adjustment. It’s quick and easy. The benefits are long lasting and the best part is, you never have to feel guilty when you want to indulge. Down dog is a healthy addiction you’ll want to keep for a life time.
Eddie and Sarah are local yoga instructors and life coaches whose mission is to help people live effective and joyful lives. Their motto is “Be present, Grow stronger, Live fully.” The main style of yoga they teach is Power Vinyasa, a system that incorporates the coordination of breath and movement that leaves the body sweaty and with vibrant energy and helps keep the stresses of life at bay. They say that through the practice of yoga they’ve been able to create not only a strong and flexible body, but also a strong and calm mind. Their personal yoga practice also allows them to explore their limits. You can find them often playing with their edge as they go deeper into poses. Eddie says that their practice touches touch every part of the body, even muscles you didn’t know you had and creates a new level of core strength. Eddie and Sarah run their training and coaching company called One Yoga Solution and can be found teaching local classes at the Ananda Kula studio and the YMCA in Riverside.