Marcos Pérez, The Argentian Yogi

25 September 2018

Mostly all of my stories on the blog are by London based yogi's so from time to time I love to get someone from accross the other side of the world to tell their story. On that note Marcos caught my eye a while back so I got in touch to hear a story all the way from Argentina.

And an amazing one it was too..

Firstly, do you remember the first time you practiced yoga and how it made you feel?

Yes! I came across some photos of people doing yoga when I was 19 years old, and I became so curious about it I ended up searching for an online class on YouTube and practicing in my living room. At that time I hated doing any kind of exercise and I remember my legs burning like crazy for the first time in downward dog and thinking "well, maybe this is not for me!", but there was something more to it than just the movement of the body that kept me interested like connecting with my inner self, being so conscious about the breath and the present and of course the magical moment of savasana! When I ended the practice I just felt good and I definetely needed that in my teen years. One year later, I started studying theater and my modern dance teacher used to finish his classes with yoga, and there I really noticed the benefits for my body and also felt sort of a calling to take this practice as my lifestyle.

Asking this question from London, UK all the way to you in Argentina, the yoga scene here in London is getting more popular by the day, what is it like in Buenos Aires and how have you seen it develop in the past few years? 

Luckily, same here! I think a huge part of the world is being a witness of a beautiful shift of consciousness in the past few years. Buenos Aires has now so many options where you can practice or become a yoga teacher. You also have yoga festivals, yoga libraries, free yoga classes on parks, etc. And I also see the growth in the rest of Argentina. I was born in a smaller city, 200 km away from Buenos Aires, called Gualeguaychú, and when I go there to visit my parents I always hear about new places where you can practice and it makes me really happy to see that people are getting more and more interested in Yoga because I truly believe in its power.

How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

A few years ago I had a huge project where I moved to another country and invested literally everything I had, I even sold all of my furniture!. It didn't work out at all. It was actually one of the most nerve-wracking experience I've had to go through (meditation came in handy to keep myself sane those days). It was a series of unfortunate events that within a year left me back in my parents house with nothing but a suitcase with my clothes. I remember how I wished I've never gone there or that I could forget it all. But last year I realized how stronger that experience made me, all the things I learned that made me see life in a different way and all the tools I got which I am using now to build a solid ground for my life. I learned that when it comes to dealing with a past we feel like letting go, I think gratitude is the best way. Honoring the past is how we embrace our being with all the impressions our journey through life has left us and actually accept the present moment. Even if at first glance gratitude seems like a passive reflection, it's actually how you build resilience, so I would recommend to not take it as a chore but to truly feel it deep in your heart because by doing so you'll witness how far you've come, how much you've grown, how your beliefs have changed, how much stronger you've become.. and also you create space for more things to be grateful in the future.

Regarding my practice, I think my favorite failures are when I fall from inverted asanas! It's amazing how much you learn from falling, from how to move your body to not get hurt to the fears you leave behind, which obviously you then apply on your everyday life.

What five items can you not live without? 

I have to say that after that very hard experience I had where I lost all my belongings, I became sort of a minimalist. My phone is important to me, mostly because my closest friends and family don't live in Buenos Aires so keeping in touch with them on a daily basis is crucial for me, and also checking on the amazing online yoga community where I learn new things every single day thanks to so many people sharing their practice.

Another fundamental item for me is my yoga mat. I just love to have it near me and knowing that within seconds I can unroll it and practice or just sit to meditate. Is like carrying a portable shelter! Is the first thing I put with my luggage if I had to go somewhere.

And then, I think I like to have a good book and a cup of tea near me. That's about it. I still have one more thing to pick right? Umh.. Does having some "me" time to just be alone and practice count as an item? hahaha!

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