Q&A with Andrew Sealy, California Based Yogi

Andrew Sealy AcroYoga

Tell us about your upbringing and how/when living a healthy lifestyle played a big role in your life.

I grew up living a very active lifestyle. From the time I could walk, my grandfather had me out and about kicking a soccer ball. He was the chef of the household when my mother was off at work. My whole family is from Barbados, so our diet has always been mostly consistent of green veggies and fish. Island cuisine is very simple, and highly nutritious because there was little land for cattle and large farm animals I grew up without any taste or attraction to red meat. Healthy living has been ingrained in me since young and has always been a part of my culture. My mom was the mom who would pack me leftover veggies, black eyed peas, rice and a Caprisun for lunch. Now I have become an avid vegan chef and take the time to cook my own meals while daily. I also snack on healthy self made delights to keep my fast metabolism at bay.

When did you start doing yoga and acroyoga?

I have been very active for my entire life as an athlete with a lot of energy. I played competitive soccer throughout school until I realized that I had to choose between the library and the soccer field because my college major of Microbiology would not permit me to do both with my adolescent time management skills. So I chose the library which left my mind engaged and sharp but my body heavy and sedentary. Until my college girlfriend dragged me to a Bikram Yoga class for my first Yoga experience. In a 105 degree room crammed like sardines, I watched, exhausted and astonished, as men and women twice my age completed the class with grace and ease, as I struggled to catch my breath for 90 minutes of HELL on Earth. That day marked the epiphany moment I needed to make the decision to make my body a direct reflection of the strength and flexibility of my mind! Immediately I knew that Yoga provided the perfect combination of self discipline and challenge I needed to continuously push myself to new heights.

Tell us what an average day in the life of Andrew Sealy is like.

Every single day brings forth fun new opportunity and a whole new perspective on how I can use my skills to expand and positively affect my environment. As soon as I awake in the morning I do my best to read as much as possible within an hour. Most days I wake up at 6am and usually read 2-3 books at the same time to fulfil my variety of interest. I fill my mind then I hop in the shower to get my body and mind fresh for the day. While brewing tea I make my first connection with the world and myself by sitting in prayer meditation for as long as it takes to feel clear and centered. By this time it’s around 7:30 and I hop on social media and email. I take care of any call to action emails first then get into Instagram. I love writing poetry to articulate whatever is on my mind for my posts. I feel my social media outlets to be an extension of my creativity so I really do take the time to make posts worthwhile and interesting as they are a reflection of my life. After posting I head to a class or get outside to get in touch with nature as I practice. Once my practice is complete I make a super green smoothie with berries and hemp protein to get my metabolism going. My “work day” starts at 10am with private yoga trainings, health coaching, and private yoga consulting. This consist of riding my bike around Santa Monica to get to client’s houses and logging progress of my health clients while supporting them by providing actionable tips and encouragement to proceed to their goals. After 4pm it’s ME time. This is the time when I head to the beach to practice inversions and AcroYoga with my friends at the Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica’s hot spot for collaborative physical exploration. After watching sunset I will head to dinner with friends or I’ll get creative in the kitchen and make some vegan magic. I absolutely love inviting friends over for nutritious meals. Most evenings usually end in writing articles like this or responding to emails. Then I sit in gratitude meditation and finish with reading before I make my night tea and rest up to prepare to enter the subconscious.

How do you inspire your students both spiritually and physically?

I inspire by means of self expression and genuine passionate encouragement. I train anyone with a defined goal and the courage to step outside their comfort zone to achieve it. I have taught Yoga and health coached D1 college athletes, working professionals, and stay at home moms. My goal is to provide my students and clients with the skills, techniques, and tactics necessary to live life at their optimal health. I inspire this by leading a life that exemplifies just that. When we learn to lead by example we create a true culture of communal empowerment. This loving encouragement is contagious and causes others to be positively affected by the Joy we bring to the world.

What would you say is your best piece of advice in life?

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was from a Steve Jobs documentary I watched soon after his death, “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other's opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” When I first heard this quote it resonated well with me because I feel that intuition is the driving force of my life. So often I am able to make decisions based on what my heart truly aligns with and allow all else to be secondary support for an intuitive direction.

What is your life mantra?

My life mantra is “Love the life you live. Live the Life you LOVE.” I feel when we love passionately the life we lead daily, life tends to give us what we need most. It’s all a reflection of your daily attitude that shapes your continuous progress toward greater success. And the most successful life is one that you genuinely LOVE every moment of.

What does it mean to be healthy to you? How do you incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your daily routine?

Health to me is a conscious state of mend, body, environment, harmony. A state of knowing that all that we intake can be used for the positive expansion of our consciousness as human beings on this Earth. A sense of knowing that everything is connected and interdependent. A true understanding that our health is the truest wealth,because without physical and mental health we can not fully enjoy the world around us.

What does your diet consist of? How does nutrition play a role in your daily activities?

The means is just as important as the ends. Thus I stay healthy with my vegan diet of plant based protein (legumes, beans, sprouted nuts and seeds) , bushels of greens, enough fruit for a full grown spider monkey and tons of gluten free chia seed brownies. Simplicity is key. Nutrition plays a huge role in my idea of staying health because we all need the energy to achieve the things we need on a daily basis. I love challenging my mind to make things that are complex and seemingly impossible look easy, effortless, and simple; for that to happen I need to be as light as possible by using clean energy.

If someone were interested in acroyoga, but didn’t know where to start, what would you tell them?

AcroYoga is one of the most amazing practices of partner yoga exploration I have ever experienced. It is an absolutely fun practice that allows many body types to be able to transcend their limitations and find connection with another. My first nugget of advice for someone who wants to start their journey of AcroYoga is to find a teacher in their area. AcroYoga is a worldwide organization who’s website, “Acroyoga.org” has a great directory of everyone who teaches around the world. Beginners will easily be able to find a classes that pertains to them and their desire to excell into the beautiful partner practice that is Acroyoga.

What are your guilty pleasure foods? Do you ever have a “cheat day”?

My guilty pleasure food is chocolate. Preferably in the form of vegan gluten free chocolate brownies, or pancakes. I’m a big fan of dense chocolate cake and vanilla hemp milk. I basically eat what I want when I want and have had the luck of not having a big sweet tooth, so I don’t really have a “cheat day”.

If someone is constantly struggling with their diet, what is one piece of advice you would give them?

For some of my clients who struggle with dieting I ask them to break it down to the fundamentals of simplicity. Diets are meant to give people discipline. I’m not really into dieting because I feel that all people should eat for sustenance and nutrition, and when educated on the importance of a balanced nutritious diet they will find the combination of things that work best for them. We should never have to diet if we eat healthy daily. Everything can be ingested in moderation. We should see food as our medicine.

What is your favorite Essential Living Food product and why?

My favorite Essential Living Food is definitely the Enlighten Mix. It’s protein packed with a sweet hint of my two favorite fruits, mango and coconut. I am a huge sucker for pistachios for their flavorful creamy sweet taste. When it comes to Trail mix, nothing compares to a good tropical mix with great nuts and sweet island dried fruit.

Andrew Sealy is a connection catalyst, a yoga artist, and a movement creator. His days are spent traveling to find adventure, practicing to cultivate growth, and constantly absorbing wisdom to creating new experiences that he shares with love to friends around the world. Through the unique practice of Yoga, Andrew embodies progressive knowledge while positively influencing and empowering his students. Andrew’s teachings aim to answer the question: How can we adapt to create and evolve to sustain? Follow him on Instagram and Facebook