Day Christensen – 2 Day with Day 1

This is a conversation I had Day Christensen of Day1Yoga Method. Day seeks the truth and has been foraging her path in the forest of yoga and fitness for many years now. She has been able to heal her back of chronic pain by looking outside the box and being willing to try new things. She is an inspiration in the yoga community and I am excited for you to hear her philosophy on life and her career.

Please visit Day at her website here: day1yoga.com
Follow her on Instagram here: @day1yoga
Visit her on YouTube here: @Day1Yoga

You can listen to the full podcast episode here.

Todd McLaughlin

I’m so excited to have this opportunity to speak with Day Christensen. Day, how are you today?

Day Christensen

Yeah, I’m good. Thank you.

Todd McLaughlin

Did I pronounce your last name correctly?

Day Christensen

Not totally correctly, but almost correctly.

Todd McLaughlin

Can you correct me?

Day Christensen

Yeah, it’s Christensen

Todd McLaughlin

Christensen. I knew that, I’m sorry. Thank you. Where are you joining me from today?

Day Christensen

Um, secret location?

Todd McLaughlin

Is it planet Earth? 

Day Christensen

Yes, I am on earth.

Todd McLaughlin

Fair enough. I’m really excited to have this opportunity. I had a chance to meet you many, many years ago when you were teaching in Miami. And I’ve been following you on social media over the years. And I really appreciate how, from my perspective watching you, I get the feeling that you don’t want to just be satisfied with the mediocre. I get the feeling you really tried to make yoga authentic and personal and not just accept the status quo for which you really inspire me. So I’m just really excited to have this opportunity. I’ve been wanting to reach out to you for a while. And I’m glad that this day is here. On that note, can you give me a little bit of an idea about what you are up to these days?

Day Christensen

Yeah, so basically, I’m exclusively working online at the moment. I’m not super opposed to going back to traveling and doing some workshops or seminars here and there. But for the most part, online is the thing. It’s just what happened to most of us, I think, and it was good for me, just because I was traveling a lot and it was getting to the point where it’s getting exhausting. So this has been a really nice way for me to connect with people all over the world at the same time. So it’s been really good.

Todd McLaughlin

Cool. Was your switch to online because of COVID? Or were you already on that trajectory prior to?

Day Christensen

Um, it was the thing that kicked me in the butt to do it. Yeah, I probably wouldn’t have. Honestly,

Todd McLaughlin

I understand, me too. Did you already have a YouTube channel going?

Day Christensen

I did. But truthfully, I neglect my YouTube channel. I shouldn’t, but I do.

Todd McLaughlin

Why do you say you shouldn’t?

Day Christensen

Uh, you know, it’s, it’s just another resource. It’s just another way to reach people. It’s a good way to get some of those ideas across. But yes, I’m a little bit lazy about about some of that stuff.

Todd McLaughlin

Do you feel like it’s a lot of work? 

Day Christensen

It’s totally a lot of work. And it’s not really my wheelhouse. My thing is just teaching and coaching and helping people get better. YouTube doesn’t quite feel like that same interaction, you know, it’s one step removed. So it’s harder for me to do it.

Todd McLaughlin

Do you mean, you feel like you can connect with students more via zoom? You know, where it’s a live experience where you can see people through the camera?

Day Christensen

Yeah, all the people that I work with, are doing live classes, their group classes via zoom, and everybody that I work with I try to get people on the phone. I try to call and talk to every single person regardless of location. And I just do it via WhatsApp. And just to get a sense of, you know, where people are coming from, if they’re, if they’re hurt, if they’re injured, obviously, but also what their goals are, and what they’re really interested in. And, you know, sometimes what comes across on my social media is handstands and jump backs, and some of those vinyasas and some of that stuff, but that’s not all that I do. Sometimes people are just feeling lost in in their own yoga practice or feeling. You know, like, they’re, they’re not progressing or they’re not happy, or they’re not loving what they’re doing anymore. And I also feel like that’s a good place for me to step in and say, Hey, you can do this differently. And obviously, I just speak from experience.

Todd McLaughlin

Yes, cool. I’ve had the pleasure of being able to watch your career unfold. But for you that’s listening…..Can you give me a summary and or snapshot of where and when you first interacted with yoga and how you fell in love with yoga?

Day Christensen

Oh, yeah, I mean, I don’t know if I ever fell in love with yoga. It’s not the honeymoon phase is over because, there was never a love affair. What my experience was, was for me kind of a quarter life crisis and kind of hitting a metaphoric rock bottom, where I was feeling really disconnected from my body. Really physically unfit, feeling unhealthy, feeling unmotivated. And I went from being in high school to being more of a jock, more athletic, to going into college. And I went into art school, which was, it’s not physical. I mean, there are physical elements of it. But you know, it’s very cerebral. And I think that, through all of that, it actually put me into a little bit of an emotional mental downward spiral. Wshere I was just feeling really disconnected and unhappy with where I was. And so when I graduated, I kind of realized that I wasted a lot of years doing something that really didn’t make me happy. And I just wanted to feel good. I just wanted to feel healthy. I felt beyond the point of being able to participate in team sports, which is what I really loved. And I became kind of interested in this idea of chi or prana, or energy, or quantum physics or whatever. I was very attached to that. That philosophy and that way of living. And so yoga seemed like the thing versus let’s say something like Tai Chi. Yoga seemed like the thing that was athletic enough that It sort of filled that void. And the philosophy portion that I was kind of interested in, in a more intellectual way was there. And so I started doing yoga. Because I was really hoping that I would feel better that I wanted, I just wanted to feel better. I wanted to feel healthy, I wanted to be fit. And I thought, well, let’s dive in this, this is going to have to work. No choice because it felt like my only option.

Todd McLaughlin

You know, that’s really cool that you said that. I’m listening to the Howard Stern interview right now with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And they were, Howard was asking a question of like, Why do you think some musicians make it versus those that don’? And the guitarist for the chili peppers said that he’d heard a theory that if we were given a pill that said, if we didn’t make it, we wouldn’t survive, that we’d be shocked at how creative we could become. And the way you just explained that reminded me of their comment where it feels like you had a similar type of… I have to do this, like I have to figure something out, or else. Or else I don’t know what the other side is, or the other outcome. So that’s interesting, because, obviously, you have to be really passionate about what you do. You’re obviously really passionate about what you do to be as successful as you are. That’s cool. What was the first style of practice that you fall into? What did you gravitate to or what door opened for you?

Day Christensen

I really had no idea that there was so many different styles of yoga when I started, you know, when I started doing yoga, social media wasn’t a thing. It didn’t exist other than My Space. 

Todd McLaughlin

What year was that? 

Day Christensen

So I started in 2004. And so I really didn’t, like I said, I really didn’t know that there were so many different sort of physical takes on what yoga was, I just thought yoga is yoga, right? So it tried a whole bunch of different things. Not really knowing that I was trying different things, especially in the beginning. And then the most accessible. The most available type classes that I wound up in were vinyasa classes. So I started taking them and I liked the fact that they were, you know, kind of faster paced, and, you know, it felt like I was more physically engaged in those type of classes than maybe some of the slower, what people call, hatha classes. It all happened, I guess. So that’s what I was doing. And then I started doing like a work trade at work study with the yoga studio…..

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