“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

What a tremendous honor on this our first #TribeThursday to connect you an absolute powerhouse in the Houston fitness community, Lindsay McClelland. She’s a passionate runner , a Houston Marathon & California International Marathon Ambassador, a yoga teacher, a digital story teller, a foodie, and an all-around lover of life!

Oh…and…did we mention she recently qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon?

It’s tempting to look at list like this and ask, “Sure…but who’s behind all that achievement?”

Here’s the pearl, people! What’s behind all of that accomplishment is one of the most committed and humble friends, students, and fellow creatives we’ve had the joy to lead.

Lindsay completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015, and she took on our Asana Deep Dive program to expand her practice and her teaching. After moving through this interview about her experience, the reasons for her success become obvious. Mainly, Lindsay embraces one of the core attitudes Mind Tribes espouses: Process OVER Product!

She’s willing to take on what we like to call “micro failures”, work shit out, get messy in the process, and then reap the rich “marco successes” that follow.

Sounds like a radically fulfilling way of living, yeah? Well, read Lindsay’s full Q&A to get the whole story, and connect with her through the links below:

Mind Tribes: What’s the BIG, over-arching game you’re up to in life?

Lindsay: I am up to inspire people in the ways I can make the biggest impact. My passion is to create inspiration through my voice and the stories I tell.

Whether it’s through my work as a content marketing professional, a yoga teacher, runner, daughter, wife, etc., I want to relate to people in a way that they feel inspired by my experiences and what I have to share.

What is your favorite, or most inspiring, quote?

Such a hard question. I’ll share my favorite quote this week. 🙂

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

What are you up to in your practice and/or your life?

I am up to teaching as many powerful classes (at Revolution Studio) as possible! I’m committed to trying new things in my practice — seeing if they land — then trying them on in the classes I teach. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results. I am willing to “fail” in order to succeed in my goal of inspiring my students.

Beyond teaching and practicing yoga, I’m committed to creating balance in my life by doing work I love. I’m inspired by brands and companies that make a difference in the lives of others by promoting health, wellness, and fitness. My goal is to do my part in helping those companies be successful by telling their stories powerfully through content marketing tools (or as I call it, “Digital Storytelling”).

What’s your philosophy on life, work, play, and/or your purpose?

My philosophy is that work should have elements of play. I truly believe in doing what makes you happy.

I am a strong proponent for taking on change when things aren’t working. And sometimes change can feel like a mistake. I’ve learned that even those “mistakes” are huge opportunities for growth and to transform your life into the one you want to live.

Why did you choose to take on the Asana Deep Dive?

I chose to take on the Mind Tribes Asana Deep Dive program out of a desire to up-level both my teaching and my practice. I was craving more information and breakthroughs in both spaces. I’ve had a lot of change in my life over the last year and was looking for opportunities to take that change and make a bigger difference in the lives of my students and in my practice.

I also had some physical goals I wanted to take on and I knew that Dan and Cristina would be great mentors in helping me achieve those. For me, 2017 is the year of the inversions and arm balances. It’s a year that I want to take on challenges that seemed impossible to me a year ago. And, part of why I wanted to achieve some of those physical poses was to be able to teach them to my students.

What are your biggest Asana Deep Dive “A-HA” moments and what’s now possible for your practice?

So many! I’ve noticed a huge difference in my practice, not just in physical poses, but also in how I mentally and emotionally approach getting on my mat. I’m more willing to be vulnerable, to make “mistakes,” and be whole-heartedly ready to learn every single time I step on my mat. Physically, my practice has transformed. Poses that once were inaccessible or caused pain and frustration are now possible through the tools we learned in the program. My pigeon and forearm stand are probably the best examples of poses that have completely changed.

In my teaching, I’ve become much more present to intelligent sequencing as well as trying things in my body to inform how I’ll teach them. I’ve become less fearful when it comes to teaching things that are new to me (and my students). And the results — incredible! I’ve been connecting with my students better and able to be more present and open as I teach.

What’s possible from there is really anything! I see all the opportunities for growth in both my practice and teaching and I’m constantly craving more! I’m also really inspired by the other teachers and students I met through the program and am thrilled to have a new community of supporters in my corner.

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