We caught up with Gypsy at her nicely appointed place just outside of Ubud, Bali. She talked with us about how important travel and location independence are to her; her travels to Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia, how Burning Man festival changed her life, her dance and yoga practice and instruction both in private lessons and at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, why smiling and fearlessness are essential, and a whole lot more.
Gypsy: My name is Gypsy, and that name alone is a nomadic name. It was not the name that I was born with but I have been using it as my nickname for more than half my life. So about the time I turned eighteen, I was performing, I was dancing, I was always very colorful and enjoying being a free spirit and connecting with community. The name Gypsy was inspiration for me because it allowed me to step into that energy and it’s kind of taken now me to all these places in my life where I have been quite a bit of a Gypsy in a positive way, associating that with that I love to travel. I don’t really stay in one place too long. And as soon as I feel that stagnation of comfort zone or I’ve learned a certain place or certain language because I’ve lived in Central America, I’ve lived in Europe for many years. And now I’m living here in Southeast Asia. And so I really enjoy traveling and I think my name kind of took me into that realm even more so. What I do besides dancing and performing is all things that are associated with the body being a vehicle for expression, whether it’s performing, whether it is praying. I teach yoga. I teach Pilates. I teach dance. I teach meditation. I learn those things as well and kind of continue to expand and grow and take myself to the place where I’m being moved. And in that movement with spirit that is consciousness, a breath of life that helps me to feel free and that connection to the universal freedom that we all share and that we all desire I think innately as human beings.
Bram: So how long have you been in Southeast Asia? What has the flow of your travel been like over the last several years?