Yogi On the Mat
Dominic Redix is an apple valley, Ca native that began his yoga journey in a city a few miles outside of Los Angeles. Redix has a diverse upbringing that has led to his eclectic style...
Preferred Yoga Style
Hatha and Vinyasa
Random fact/favorite movie or book or word, food etc.
I sing, I rap, and I haven’t eaten meat in almost 5 years.
Los Angeles/SFV, California
What made you start practicing yoga? What brought you to it?
I was invited to my very first yoga class by my friend and fellow yogi Jared. It was an intermediate class at Yogaworks, so it was challenging, to say the least. It was interesting to keep still mind while simultaneously connecting my intention to my motion. After that class, I was hooked. I had gone through a breakup and got into a nasty accident not too long after taking this class. Since I couldn't afford to have consistent physical therapy, yoga became a way to heal myself as well as build myself amidst physical pain, depressions, PTSD, and addictions. I literally found God within me and it was powerful.
How does your practice impact the lives of others?
Yoga has had such an impact on my life that I’ve started sharing my lifestyle with others as well. I have the opportunity to teach yoga to middle school students as well as their teachers and it is the most fulfilling thing in the world; to watch somebody come to more awareness and understanding of themselves. that continues to motivate me to share with my family and my friends.
How does Yoga make you feel?
Practicing my asanas makes me feel so liberated physically and mentally. I’ve dealt with depression since i was a child and practicing asanas and meditation have really helped me ground myself emotionally and thoughtfully. I can honestly say my practice makes me feel brand new every time i get on the mat. As a person that works in education, that type of rejuvenation is really important for me.
A quote or phrase resonates with you and your practice.
“There is no try, just do”- Yoda
The advice you have for new yogis/long time practitioners ( can be two different pieces of advice)
My advice is to be consistent. The discipline to do it consistently is where the real magic is.
How can someone alleviate hesitation to yoga?
By having an open heart and mind. the judgment of yourself and others only closes the door of opportunity to discovering yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.
How does yoga influence your specific mental health? Overall wellness?
My mental health is significantly more stable since I began practicing. I’m still me, and I still have my obstacles/issues, but I deal with them much differently now that I love myself.
Discuss Back Yogi Stigmas
Black people don't really do yoga lol. At least not in the united states. many black folks I know are conservative Christians and practicing yoga doesn't really fit into that narrative. Another stigma associated with black yogis is that black men that do yoga are homosexual. I myself am not, and it doesn’t personally bother me when people ask if i am, but I have noticed people making that correlation and that could stigmatize other black men from even trying it because they don’t want that association.
Honestly, black people (niggas) need to put their pride away and practice yoga and meditation for physical and mental health purposes; habitually, mental health a topic that gets swept under the rug in black communities but I think yoga is a way to tackle those issues head-on.
Discuss Body Image
I’m not too concerned with body image for myself or others. There are for sure healthy proportions to eat depending on one's body type but your body is your body. I used to be very insecure about my body image, so I lifted weights, drank protein shakes, and ate a lot of meat, but once I found yoga I realized what really made me happy was how my body felt not about how it looked. I practice a lot though so my body does look good and I do like it though lol.
How do you feel about the representation of black yogis?
I think there should be more representation amongst the major brands but I’m not mad about it in general. All I can do is control how I present myself to the world and I’m proud of how I represent black yogis. It doesn't really affect me or how I practice.
How does/has your hair affect your practice?
I had freeform locs that I thought would be an issue but my nappiness made for a perfect head cushion to practice on. Now that I cut my hair, I miss it.
Tell a story/experience about something that’s happened good, bad, awkward, etc while you have been practicing yoga.
One time, I had a session with a girl that i thought I’d be interested in. in the middle of the session, I farted in down dog and thought “well, friend zone it is” lol
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