Fiji McAlpine is one of the founding yoga teachers featured on the website doyogawithme.com, an internationally-renown site offering quality yoga instruction, for free, to users around the world. Her online popularity has grown significantly over the years, giving her global reach in the online platform, and has allowed her to offer frequent guidance to thousands of students each week. In addition to the online offerings, Fiji teaches in local studios and leads worldwide retreats and workshops each year.
Her strong vinyasa-based practice is derived from the extensive, diverse training she started in 2001, when her yoga love-affair began. Initially, her main focus was based on Ashtanga and the Jivamukti school of thought. Her focus has since evolved to incorporate many other limbs of yoga, which is why her practice is so diverse. Her teaching has been greatly enhanced over the years by her constant curiosity and willingness to learn and apply new information.
Peter Sterios, a friend and mentor to Fiji, has helped shape her approach to practicing and teaching yoga, offering the important idea of a sustainable practice.
Her intention as a teacher is to offer a practice that invites us to be the constant gardener on our mat. Through dedicated effort and regular practice we can begin to cultivate more of what we want in life and in our world. Fiji reminds students often that we are constantly changing as time passes, as we grow and learn. Yoga offers us an opportunity to be present and active as those changes take place and to be conscious participants in our own evolution. "Every movement on your mat matters, make it precise so it on purpose and for a purpose." Her classes are the ultimate dress rehearsal for life, essential perspectives, and ways of being that we practice time and again so that we are prepared to do it right when it really matters. If our practice can help all of our thoughts, words, and actions come from a place of center then it will truly help the world shift in the right direction.
A story still unfolding, a person still evolving....
I came to yoga to try and find relief for a sore back after injuring my back at work when I was 21-years-old. I felt immediate relief after my first class, and before I knew it I was going three times a week just to experience relief from the pain. After a month my back had recovered significantly and I had fallen in love with the practice almost by accident.
I started my training in Central and Southern California and then went on to study in Costa Rica and here in British Columbia. The training never stops for me so I am always looking to experience more and love getting inspiration from workshops when my favorite teachers come to town.
Power, precision, intention, inquiry, endurance and joy would all be words that could frame what I try to practice and teach. I teach a vinyasa flow that is very eclectic, as far as traditional style is concerned, which is very much a testament to my own curiosity as a student in yoga. I spent years diving into different streams of yoga, most intensely with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Anusara, which converge well into the flow that I now practice.
Who I am today has really been shaped by the practice that I found and fell in love with years ago. The first and most significant impact was in saving my life by learning to honor and love my physical form. I speak openly now about the internal battle that almost cost me my life when I was 20 years old and battling anorexia. I had learned to overcome and ignore physical sensation in a battle between my mind and body that left me a meager 90lbs. When I started yoga I thought I was doing something for my back but I had unknowingly stumbled upon something for my heart that would over time help me mend and once again unite all the aspects of myself that had become severed.
Today I find my life abundant in a way I never imagined could be possible. I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, British Columbia, and am blessed with a loving husband and two beautiful young children. I teach weekly classes at a studio in my community which has helped me connect and grow with others in such a profound and important way. The human connection is alive and well here! I love the daily emails from followers around the world and am lucky enough to have some of them come visit to take a class or workshop. I currently teach a week long retreat once a year in Mexico which is filled with the most amazing people who become life long friends. I am starting to work on expanding my offerings to include a few workshops across North America and an additional retreat each year. Life is beyond good, stay tuned for what comes next.