This is one of the first questions my instructor asked during 200-hour teacher training when we started learning about the foundations of yoga. More than the movements and the breath, yoga is about cultivating a life of contentment and bliss.
My bliss is a quiet walk in the woods or the rare occasions when my husband and I manage to snuggle with all three dogs on the couch at once. But my bliss is also the feeling I get when I walk into Epcot on a crisp morning, watching the tumble monkeys at Festival of the Lion King and that perfect moment when you see the castle all lit up on a night time ride at Big Thunder Mountain.
For me, both Disney and yoga are an incredible source of creativity, positive energy and joy. I wanted to create a space where those two passions intersect and share it with others. So welcome to Downward Facing Mouse! This site will feature weekly blog posts with Disney-inspired yoga practices, ways to maintain balance and incorporate yoga into your next trip, Mickey-approved mantras and much more.
My name is Rachel Wright, and I’ll be your guide here. I’m currently finishing up my Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training. My absolute favorite class to take and teach is yin-yang, but I’m not at all picky when it comes to yoga. I enjoy practicing Ashtanga, power, Bikram and restorative. My dosha constitution is vata-pitta and I am vegan ish for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing. I love all things Disney, but the princess narrative isn’t what resonates most for me. I’m more of a Hakuna Matata, paint with all the colors of the wind, return the heart of Te Fiti and defeat the Huns kind of girl. I’m also a dog mom of three, and I firmly believe no Disney movie (or life) is complete without an animal sidekick.
Enough about me, let’s get started.