Question: What does authenticity mean to you?
Is it a desire to live your truth? Help others? Buy a bag off the black market that is definitely, totally, authentic?
Whatever authenticity means to you, it’s safe to say it’s something we all aspire to integrate a little more into our daily lives. Whether or not that is easy, is an entirely different story. Throughout my studies becoming a yoga teacher, this question constantly found itself swimming around my headspace. In hopes of finding my own true voice, I set out on a mission to find individuals that seem to have it down to a T.
Enter Miki Ash. Yogi, Creator, Influencer, and Superstah Photographer. With the thousands of messages, images, noise, and distraction we consume on a daily basis, Miki’s message always seemed to stand out most. Maybe it’s her incredible ability to create vibrant, personal visuals or her raw approach to writing, but Miki Ash has made a name for herself – and one that is hard to replicate.
In the world of Western yoga and L.A. in particular, authenticity is hard to come by, so I jumped on the opportunity to sit down with Miki and pick her brain on her journey of creation, yoga, and authenticity. Continue reading below to learn more about how this talented yogi has created a name for herself in the world of yoga, art, and wellness:
How long have you been practicing yoga and why did you choose to pursue this as a career?
Miki: I started practicing yoga when I was 18. I had previously thought that I wanted to go into the Fashion Industry, but after living in Paris for an internship, I realized it wasn’t the life I wanted to be living. I didn’t originally intend to pursue teaching yoga as a career, I took a teacher training to learn more about the practice. It just naturally unfolded into this amazing life I am so lucky to live.
At what point were you able to make it into a full-time career?
Miki: I started teaching right away, and moved to Costa Rica to teach full time. Twice a day, every day. It evolved as I studied and taught more, but I just kept moving forward to bigger and better studios and projects. I only teach 2 classes a week now, whereas I used to teach up to 5 classes in one day! Yoga will always be my passion, even if it’s not my full time job.
From your Instagram photos to your blogs, your content is written straight from the heart and as a reader you can feel it. How did you get to this place of authenticity? How do you maintain your voice?
Miki: It took a lot of time for me to believe in myself. To believe that what I had to say was important. It took dedicated work of self love and self respect to be able to SPEAK my TRUTH. In relationships, in friendships, and online. I just have to come from a place of love. I want everything I do to be for the highest good of myself and everyone around me. I want to elevate the world, and I have to put myself out there to do it. Say what you have to say, and don’t let anyone else’s opinion deter you from being exactly who you were meant to be.
Where do you find inspiration to create?
Miki: I find inspiration everywhere. Mostly in my meditations. Often in the places I travel, or laying in bed with my love, Milo. I find inspiration in food and in nature. I find lots of inspiration in my dreams… when I allow myself to be open to receive.
What one piece of advice do you have for someone who is struggling to find their authentic voice?
Step one: Get happy. Put yourself in a good mood. Listen to music that makes you feel warm inside.
Step two: Get still. Take a seat, close your eyes, and focus on your breathe.
Step three: ASK the universe!! “I want to find my authentic voice”
Step four: RECEIVE. Look for the sparks of inspiration. Listen to the space between your thoughts. Watch out for signs to point you in the right direction. And most of all, keep learning and striving to grow.
With her stunning portfolio, Miki Ash looks like she’s had it figured out since Day one, but her journey is similar to all of ours. Growth, confidence, and change all begin from the heart and the desire to make a difference. Miki proves that time after time, as long as you believe in yourself, you will find your voice and people will listen. If you live in Los Angeles, catch one of Miki’s weekly classes and follow her on Instagram for 24/7 creative inspiration.