Toni Nagy spends her time distracted on the Internet, making content for the Internet to distract people with. She is a writer, filmaker, podcaster, dancer, yogi, and private yoga instructor.
Name: Toni Nagy
Occupation: Comedy writer, Owner of Sobo Dance Studio, Podcaster, and film producer/director/writer
Location: New Hampsha
Favorite yoga style: Vinyasa Flow
Favorite yoga pose: No-armed handstand where I simply levitate upside down.
Yoga is…transformative when you integrate the philosophy into your everyday way of being.
What Do You Love Most About Yoga?
There's a certain comfort to my yoga practice because it is not only familiar, but it also grounds me—like a homing pigeon bringing me back to myself. The poses have become so commonplace that they allow for space inside my head and body to feel fully.
Yoga also led me to a meditation practice, which has drastically impacted my life. Even though most of the time I am talking incessantly to myself about important things like what I'm going to eat for breakfast, the daily commitment of meditating keeps me semi-sane.
How Has Yoga Changed Your Life, Personality And Physique?
Well….I now only wear clothes that I can do yoga in, because at some point during the day, yoga is going to happen. Everytime I put on a pair of jeans with a button, it feels as constricting as a corset. Skinny jeans are my “Downton Abbey.”
Considering all my clothes are super sweaty, I should probably add that since I am into yoga, I only use all-natural/organic products—so my deodorant is just a stick of positive intentions. My shirts are pretty smelly, and people have had to get used to that.
What Everyday Things Did You Get Better At Because Of Yoga?
I have a 4-year-old child, and the teachings of yoga have been incredibly helpful during this parenting journey. It has inspired patience in times when my daughter takes 25 minutes to find the right pair of tights that are pink, but not too pink or itchy, and they have to be warm, but not too sweaty or small, but they can’t be too floppy either.
How Do You Keep Your Yoga Practice Interesting And Challenging?
Since becoming a parent, most of my yoga is a self-practice at home. My daughter is usually with me while I yoga, and I have done my best to condition her like a coach of Russian gymnasts-to-be in line.
There are many days where she will play on her own and give me space to get in the flow, then other times when she can be a little distracting. Say when I am in a bound half-moon and she gets right up in my face to ask me to make her a sandwich with avocado, pesto, ice cream, and mayonnaise. Or if I am in headstand and she comes and tickles my tummy.
What Book, Website Or Person Inspires You?
Not to be corny or obvious, but “The Power of Now” really moved me and genuinely changed my life. It reinforced how vastly important it is to be content in the moment, and that obsessing about the past or future is not only futile, but can also create a personal psychological hell.
What Do You Listen To While You Do Yoga?
My daughter and I sometimes battle over music. I prefer my Pandora “Silent Ganges” or “Wah” station, but she insists on Katy Perry or Ariana Grande. We both agree on Sia, so that is a decent compromise.
When I am feeling tired and cranky, my go-to is hip hop, or Belly Dance music. I am a dancer so I really enjoy playing music to almost every activity of my life, but if I practice outside, I will listen to the sounds of nature.
What’s The Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“You have to be strong to get strong.” I even wrote about it here!
Facebook: Toni Bologna
Podcast: The Overshare Show