Haley Duggan’s story probably begins in a pool- swimming laps, losing count, and with water up her nose. “My mom made me wait until my 10th birthday to start swimming year-round. Still to this day that ten-year old inspires me to jump in headfirst and not give up.” I also met my husband Brian when I was 15 years old and at our neighborhood pool of all places! While they spent the rest of high school and early years of undergrad as “just friends” their story had already been written. Brian transferred to the University of South Carolina to finish his undergraduate degree and to start his Masters Degree; Haley going to school at USC was a little more than a coincidence. Finally, in December of 2016 they threw the GREATEST PARTY of all time at their long awaited wedding. While there are no babies running around right now, their black lab mutt keeps them on their toes!
How did Haley find yoga, you ask? Cut to-an ungodly amount of swim practices, a shoulder and an intercostal repair surgery, hours of physical therapy and a promising swimming career cut short, she had to find something that would heal not only her body but also the devastation she felt without the pool. Haley was literally fish OUT of the water and like many us, she stumbled into a yoga class to help her increase strength and flexibility to help with her injuries. After one class at Yoga Masala, she was hooked!
Soon she realized that yoga was so much more than standing on your head and touching your toes- “it’s about returning to yourself everyday”. A few years into her practice at Masala and her teacher, Kyra Strasberg, was starting a teacher training. Kyra asked her “what’s keeping you from doing this?” She had no answer, and that was the answer. NOTHING! Jump in, headfirst
I have family and friends all around the world. While we’re all ‘connected’ through the web- are we really? It started with my teammate from college in Canada asking me about meditation and she said ‘I wish you had a video so I knew what to do.’ So pen hit the paper and I started dreaming….
- What if there was a place I could go to get inspired without feeling judged?
- How do I do that one yoga pose?
- I can’t meditate- what’s that about?
I wanted to create a place for people to find soul support, guidance, and humor. Whether it is an empowering image or message, a blog post about how to sage your house, crystal info, a yoga class, or a video tutorial, I wanted to create a site that reaches out and helps others to work on their best self. I want you to be able to feel connected. If I don’t see you throwing down a mat with me in class at the studio, please feel free to check in with me via the contact link.