Did you know we have a model in our midst? Read on for the Union Tribune‘s Q and A with the beautiful and talented Amy Caldwell, co-founder and head instructor at Yoga One!
Amy Caldwell is a champion of multi-tasking, in warrior pose. The 42-year-old mother of two is a national fitness model and the owner of Yoga One, an interdisciplinary studio in downtown San Diego.
After many years working in the music industry in Los Angeles, she and husband Michael dared to leave it all behind. They packed a backpack and embarked on a worldwide adventure through 14 countries. In Australia they began practicing yoga, but it was in India where they committed to the yoga lifestyle.
Q: What brought you to San Diego?
A: Graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in communications and business, I worked in the music industry for about five years coordinating soundtracks for films such as “Natural Born Killers” and “Twister.”
Seeking a lifestyle change, Michael (who also worked in the music business) and I left the country to spend time backpacking abroad. Our travels took us to Australia where we picked apples to earn money, and first began our practice of yoga. Over the next three and a half years, we visited 14 more countries, ultimately arriving in India where we completely immersed ourselves into the philosophy and practice of yoga while studying with amazing teachers. Upon our return to the States in 2001, we sought a slower pace than Los Angeles. San Diego was the perfect choice because we love the outdoor Southern California lifestyle.
“In Nepal, my now husband Michael and I made a 30-day round-trip trek to Mt. Everest base camp. With the highest point on the planet as a witness, Michael proposed. My answer, ‘Of course!’”
Q: How did you begin modeling
A: When I began practicing and teaching yoga over 15 years ago, modeling was not something I would have imagined ever doing!
About 10 years ago, I attended a Yoga Journal conference in San Francisco where I was approached by the Yoga Journal editorial staff. Ten months after our first child was born I did a photo shoot for an inside spread, then subsequently did two magazine covers with the amazing dance photographer Louis Greenfield.
Q: What would surprise us about fitness modeling?
A: The national organizations are very professional and thorough regarding hair and make-up, whereas some of the local, San Diego publications tend to be very casual, fostering a do it yourself approach.
Q: How do you define health and beauty?
A: Yoga teaches us that change is the only constant, so it seems to me that health, too, is a dynamic process of returning to balance. Health is not just the physical body, but the integration and equilibrium of mind, body, breath and spirit. Beauty is the outer manifestation of that balance. We’ve all been inspired by true inner beauty — people who radiate a joy to be alive as well as a deep sense of contentment, connection or peace.
Q: What is your vision for Yoga One?
A: Since opening our doors in May of 2002, we are honored to have helped facilitate the well-being of thousands of San Diego residents and visitors. Our vision is to continue growing a community that is welcoming and noncompetitive. I recently collaborated with the Scottish company 3D4Medical to create the iYoga Premium app that reached the No. 1 spot in the Health and Fitness category on Apple’s App Store. We hope to continue expanding our reach so that we can share the joys and benefits of yoga with as many people as possible.
The rest of the interview can be found at Union Tribune San Diego.