21 Questions with Chloe Park & Noelle Beaugureau.

Via on May 11, 2013
Photographer: Nalina Kaufman
Photographer: Nalina Kaufman

21 Questions with Chloe…

What, in your own definition, is yoga?

Yoga is my medicine. Yoga is my way back to the Source. Yoga is my relationship with God. Yoga is the route to my own realization and understanding of who I really am. Yoga is my water!

What’s your favorite thing to eat?

Coconuts, arugula, bananas, avocado, figs, crunchy persimmons, satsuma tangerines and the ‘I am Whole’ from Cafe Gratitude.

What inspires you?

Everything, really. Life, my friends, my teachers, music, hip hop, art, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, John Lennon, Terence McKenna, Ram Dass, Cy Twombly, Egon Schiele, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau, all the yogis, and mystics, sitting in circle with fellow seekers, anything of true and raw ancient tradition, anything old and of soul…I could write a whole book of my list of inspirational people and things for me… Just the other day I had an interaction in an elevator that really got me off. This man, probably in his eighties or so, sees me with my iPhone and says, “All you young folks gotta have one of those.” And I reply, I don’t remember what exactly I said, but I said something back to him and he says to me, “God Bless You. May you have a nice, long life.” Out of nowhere, out of the blue, this man is blessing my life. My heart was so touched. Here’s this human, who sees the expiration of the duration of my days, here he is, blessing me. Wow. I consider myself an extremely lucky woman to be on the receiving end of that. We bless one another even in passing. This exchange is still on the forefront of my mind.

What makes your heart skip a beat?

When I look into someone’s eyes and see purity, humility, honesty, respect, honor, love, and truth. Really incredible human beings who have done the inner work, who have realized their innate spiritual nature and have become beacons and conduits of Light not only makes my heart skip a beat, but it makes my jaw drop. The other night I was hanging out with my friend in his living room and I couldn’t stop staring at him out of admiration and sheer enchantment of his being-ness. He’s just so incredible. The people in my life are just so incredible. I’m so lucky. I’m so blessed. We’re all so blessed. Just look around!

What song is currently stuck in your head?

Shamuancuna cayari.

What do you love about practicing yoga?

Every single day, every single time I practice, it’s different! It’s fascinating to me. It constantly peaks my curiosity. I’m always learning more. Where am I at? Where’s my mind at? Where’s my body at? Where’s my spirit? Where’s my breath? How am I today? What I’m really curious about is what it’s going to be like for the rest of my life, practicing every single day until well, I’m dead.

What does your spiritual practice consist of?

For me, there’s no separation between my spiritual practice and my life. Everything is one in the same. Perhaps externally it make ‘look different,’ but to me, internally– I’m asking the same questions, the same internal dialogue is happening whether it’s in life or in practice. But to answer the question, I have a daily discipline of the Ashtanga practice and Neelakantha meditation. I also pray, sing, chant and play my harmonium.The crux of my spiritual practice is rooted in the Indian tradition of Yoga and Plant Medicine from the tribes of the Amazon. I also make sure to create at least one piece of art a day– in any medium. These things keep me balanced, focused, healthy, vibrant and sane. Kindness and compassion are on the daily– that goes without needing to be said. As the Dalai Lama says, kindness is the highest spiritual practice. Simply being nice to your fellow human being Earth dwellers. I agree with him.

What are you currently working on?

The questions I’ve been asking myself lately are:
“How can I extend even more love?”
“How can I be more compassionate and understanding?”
“How can I love myself even more?”
“How can I be more effective?”
“How can I give others what they need?”
“How can I connect with every single human I meet?”
“How can I express myself even more fully?”

I want to spread more smiles in this life over suffering. There’s enough pain in the world, let’s create some more love. Show of hands: Who’s with me?!

Who speaks to your heart?

Anyone speaking from their heart, speaks to my heart. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate and blessed, because I only have people around me who speak from their soul, to my soul. What’s the use in speaking if it’s not heart centered? Then it’s just noise—blah blah blah.

What do you love about being a woman?

I absolutely love being a woman! Being embodied in female form is the jam! I love everything that entails with being a woman. Femininity, grace, softness, quiet strength, humility, surrender, willingness, devotion, loyalty, openness, fierce will, the curves of my body, the way I move and walk through the world, the way I meet myself and others, the way I breathe, my sensuality, my sexuality, my creativity, the natural tides of emotions that rise and fall with the cycle of the moon, the acute intelligence and capacity to hold love, compassion and understanding, the empathic nature of an awakened woman, the connection I have with Source and with the Goddess. I especially love sisterhood and communing with other woman—this is something I cherish so deeply in my heart. The women in my life are… astonishing. Real women. Women who not only walk through the fire– but walk it well.

When people meet you, they automatically feel your healing energy. Do you feel you have always been a healer or is it something you’ve developed?

Both. I just didn’t know it until I began walking the Spiritual Path that then led me to my Life Path. They’re both same same but different. As Krishna Das says, All Paths lead to One. I’ve had a very interesting upbringing with more darkness than most will ever encounter in their lifetime. The Path of a healer is first, to heal themselves. A chapter, a book, a saga, of pain and suffering is the foundational initiation into being a Healer. How can one assist in the healing of others if they themselves have not healed?

As Terence McKenna says, a Shaman is none more than one who has healed themselves. Once one has cultivated the initial wisdom, knowledge, faith, understanding and relationship with God—from then on, it’s all about deepening that relationship, one is continually developing and growing. That healing energy people feel, that’s just the cause and effect of the work I’ve done and continue to do on myself. I’m satisfied just to know that I’ve healed myself– the fact that others benefit along the way– well, that’s just icing on the cake. I am powerless without the support of God. May all praise and honor go to the Most High. Jah Bless!

What is it about Craniosacral Therapy that you love?

It’s simple and it works. It gets to the core issue, the root, the source. In my opinion, it’s the deepest form of healing one can receive, because it works on a vibratory level. We’re accessing the human body’s nervous system—how the brain and spine communicate with each other. How amazing is that?! We’re working on a deep, deep level—not superficial to where clients have to come see me all the time. A few treatments and boom, re-patterning integrated and fully embodied into the system of their body, their mind and their life. People who aren’t on the train yet, will hop on soon. It’s a fairly radical thought, that the body is an intelligent system that can heal itself when the space is held to do so. The more and more people start to experience it, the word will begin to spread. I have faith in that.

Look, in America 50 years ago anyone who practiced Yoga was thought to be some sort of weirdo—and look at us now. Yoga has become a commercialized powerhouse. All these things like healing, bodywork, conscious living, spirit, yoga, meditation—everything that is already deeply seated established in the East—they’re all fairly new concepts in the West. I’m part of the crew that will make more people hip to these things. That’s part of my role by being Chloe. My mission in life is to spread the tools of self healing and awakening—Craniosacral Therapy is one of them.

Do you think people can heal themselves or do they need a guide/guru?

Both. There are pieces of information, knowledge, wisdom and keys that we attain as solo travelers on this Path that only Self can provide. Saying that, there are other pieces that having a guide/guru will pass on, in Sanskrit it’s called parampara-–passing on from guru to disciple—that’s receiving the teachings and the healing in another way.

Look at it from this point of view, if there’s someone who’s five steps ahead of you on the hiking trail, they have the ability to tell you what to look out for—‘Hey, there’s a branch sticking out there, watch your head,’ or ‘Hey, there’s quicksand coming up to the left, walk over to the right,’ —things like this, you know? In the beginning, I was a lone wolf. I still am, to a certain degree, ya gotta be—as a seeker, a yogi, a healer, any kind of warrior. But I’ve got my teachers, mentors and peers all around me. I love listening to their stories and their experiences. In Native traditions, it’s a given to honor the elders of the tribe.

I will always depend on my own will first, but I will always come down to my knees and bow in respect to my elders. The role of any sort of guide or guru is, to put it simply: point their finger at the moon, so others know where to look.

When were you first introduced to the power of healing?

When I started to heal and transform myself and my life through yoga and plant medicine—when the practices itself started to do it’s work on me. Once I saw and directly experienced true and Divine healing, everything else became boring to me. All the surface stuff of life didn’t interest me anymore. The recovery of spirit was and is more fascinating to me. From that moment on, it was on. I’ve been going on an exploration, deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, with no desire of turning back. Healing is the way. Without Ayahuasca and yoga, I’d be dead—I wouldn’t be here today.

You inspire and empower so many people, especially women. Why are you drawn to helping women in their lives?

It’s simple. Because I was once a beaten down, faithless, powerless, lost, scared, frail and fragile girl with no clue how to be a woman. On top of all of that, I had no role model to look or go to for guidance. Look at me now. I know who I am and I know what it takes to get there. There are so many women who are in the same place I once was in. The path of self realization, of self healing, of self awakening works. I feel I’ve been entrusted with these gifts, tools and ways to not just heal myself, but to show women how to do it too. I am deeply humbled and committed to embracing women to step fully into their power. That’s the purpose of this life, to share what we know, to guide one another back home.

We’re all here to learn about love and as Ram Dass says, walk each other home. There’s no force greater than a woman fully in her power.

With your writing, some of the topics you write about are definitely not mainstream material. Why do you choose to take the risk of putting yourself out there and being misunderstood?

If I don’t do it, who will? Some people hate me, some people love me, some people a little bit of both, some people still undecided. It’s really none of my business what others think of me. My job is to just make sure my soul and spirit are happy. To be frank, whenever I publish something that is risque or I know will cause friction, there is a part of me that wants to resist—who likes tomatoes being thrown at them anyway? Each time though, I surrender to that inner voice that says ‘do it’ and I just trust in that. And yeah, I know, sometimes I’m a bit cheeky and I call things out real blunt.

I’m a double Sag, I like to poke and have a little fun. All that aside, I’m honest and I keep it real. There’s a force working through me that is so beyond my own egoic will and identity that I’ve learned to willingly surrender to. I remember who and what I’m serving. Plus, speaking my Truth and saying what I think and feel is more my scene. I don’t really take what other people say about me too seriously. I’m willing to ruffle a few feathers if that’s what comes with expressing myself. The Bhagavad Gita teaches me that.

Traveling is very important to you. Why is it essential to travel?

Not only is it essential to travel, but it’s essential to live in another country as an immigrant. Only then do we realized how privileged we are– to be able to even have enough money to buy a plane ticket! Some people never see that amount in their entire lives. Some people don’t even know what it feels like to have a hot shower. I’ve lived in multiple countries as an outsider, fully immersing into their culture and way of life. The definition and boundaries of what ‘home’ means becomes blurred and expanded. Traveling is the ultimate guidebook to life and what it means to be a human being on this planet Earth of ours. Seeing outside of the predisposed perspective, living in the moment, reaching outside the perimeters of one’s own country’s conditionings and ways of being. Traveling refines character and redefines sense of Self. There is a certain energy travelers carry as they live their lives, I’m very attracted to this energy– it’s a vibe of friendliness, faith, and trust. Traveling teaches me to not take anything for granted and to count my blessings.

What draws you to the Eastern way of life?

It’s more natural to the innate state of the species of the human being. Gandhi was asked what he thought about the Western world and he replied, ‘It’s a good idea, try it.’ I always thought that response was quite funny. There are many things we are fortunate as Westerners to indulge in living in the Western world, but the Eastern way of life—ahh, there is just so much more magic. Spirit is palpable, present and real. The veil between maya and truth is nonexistent. What’s important to people in the East is family, love, presence, Truth, community, God.

In the West, it’s money, fame, success, status, clothes, possessions, accumulation of ‘stuff’ versus heart. This is changing though. Enough people are waking up to a more authentic way to live thanks to the teachings of the East and the resurgence of Paleolithic tradition from the Amazon. There’s enough ‘weirdos’ who really believe in being the change they wish to see, who have been to the East and experienced that way of life, to now we’ve gained numbers and momentum and can call ourselves a community. Eastern way of life respects nature, love and spirit. That’s what draws me to it. It’s more real. There’s more soul involved. There’s just way more heart. I’m into that.

Describe your relationship with your heart.

Oh my heart! My dear, beautiful heart. My heart is my best friend. My compass, my truth-o-meter, my guide. My heart is the doorway into Spirit. My heart is soft, open and full of love—for myself and for others. My heart is continually learning, growing and expanding. I love my heart.

What is it about Bhakti Yoga that you love?

Bhakti Yoga gives me a framework to live my life. In love, service and devotion. When I first heard the teachings of Bhakti Yoga I realized, ‘Ahh, this is what I have been looking for.’ Finally some words to define my experience. All these fancy Sanskrit words that encapsulated the feelings, thoughts, and realizations I was having in my own life…it was like finding gold.

What do you love about Noelle?

She’s my sistah. Bhakti Yogini Goddess. I know a soul sister when I see one. Our connection was pretty immediate. There are so many things I love about Noelle– but especially her heart. She has a heart of diamonds, rubies and gold. I know I can count on her for anything. She has this selfless quality about her, always ready, always willing to serve– whether it be her friends, family, students, or community. She is so sweet. Pure, loyal, one of high integrity. There’s not a malicious or evil bone, scratch that– cell, in her body. Just look at her, she emanates sweetness and loving kindness. The deeper our friendship grows, the more I appreciate and love her. She’s a devoted servant on the Path and I am so grateful to share life with her and have her by my side. Hari Om Noelle Devi Om! Aho!

Photographer: Nalina Kaufman
Photographer: Nalina Kaufman

21 Questions with Noelle


What in your own definition is yoga?

To me yoga is a path to help liberate and heal. It is a way to uncover and remove all of the things that we are not. A path to find and truly step into our real authentic selves. It is a way to move past the lower self or veil or illusion; to find our true nature which I feel is one of joy and love. In other words, its like a way of remembering what you really are which is pure spirit soul.

What is your favorite thing to eat?

Vegan Indian food, anything from Cafe Gratitude, kale salad, blueberries, vegan cupcakes .

What makes you happy?

So many things make me happy…. The divine love of Radha Krishna, Yoga, time with my amazing friends, meditation, traveling, teaching yoga, kirtan, reading, my family, walking in nature,being upside down, the ocean, laughing with Chloe. One of the main things that makes me happy is devoting myself to my spiritual practice. It keeps me centered and grounded and aware of how much abundance I have.

What makes your heart skip a beat?

Hearing my dear friend Nalina Kaufman chant….. it is like nothing else, my heart nearly explodes when I hear her beautiful voice. Seeing my students happy faces after yoga practice. Hearing the pastimes of Krishna. Stepping on the sacred soil of Vrindavana.

What song is currently stuck in your head?

The Maha Mantra. Always.

What do you love about practicing yoga?

I love how practicing yoga brings me back to a place of love, joy and compassion. Its amazing in that way, how if you just trust and surrender to it you can find deep peace. My yoga practice has evolved and shifted in so many ways throughout the years, I love that within the practice there is this current of energy that we have to give ourselves up to. My practice helps me feel strong yet soft, and deeply connected to my physical body and inner world. When I step onto my yoga mat or to meditate I think of it as sacred space where I can let go, give in, and put everything happening on hold. There is so much liberation in choosing when to be absorbed in the mind and when to shut it off. It is such a powerful vehicle for self discovery. Just the knowing that my practice will always be there in some form gives me such peace. Lately, I have been thinking of my practice as a raft that carries me through life and through the ups and downs of the temporary material world.

What do you love about teaching yoga?

I love teaching yoga because I love seeing how this ancient sacred practice changes peoples lives. It is so beautiful to be able to share something that has that potential. I love helping people see that there are ways to deal with life through the teachings of yoga. I know myself how life changing this practice is and being able to give that gift to others is one of my greatest blessings in life. Sometimes I can’t even believe how fortunate I am to be able to help people in this way.

I truly love helping people move deeper into their physical body and giving them the space to potentially move past any false limitations they may have placed upon themselves. The changes I see in people and witnessing how the heart opens gives me the opportunity to fall in love with the practice even more. I love being the messenger of these teachings that give a glimpse of the divinity within. I love helping people see how beautiful and strong they are, and that they can control how much they choose to suffer, and that with just a change in perspective their whole lives can shift. I love being of service, it helps me get out of my own illusion in a way.

Describe your relationship with your heart?

My relationship with my heart is a very sacred one. Its one that is constantly growing and evolving. I try to do healing mantras to clear any old heart wounds and I give my heart time to rest and let go. It is not always easy though. The territory of the heart is very complicated. I try to fill myself with as much love, devotion and bhakti as possible to help purify and expand my heart.

What are five things you could not live without?

The Bhagavad Gita.
Friends/Family.
Chocolate.
Kirtan.
My teachers.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I am working on really surrendering to what comes in life. To allow, allow, allow. To not fight the divine plan, and to know I am not the controller. Living my life in this way feels like the sweetest exhale of breath. I in the process of creating a sacred beautiful home that feels like my own personal sanctuary. I am working on making my connection to God the most important thing above anything else in my life.

Who speaks to your heart?

HH Radhanath Swami, my teachers, Mother India. All of my precious friends who’s hearts are so inspiring to me.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Cafe Gratitude, Native Foods, Real Food Daily, Samosa House, anywhere the food is made with love.

Grapefruit or orange?

Grapefruit

Photographer: Nalina Kaufman
Photographer: Nalina Kaufman

What do you love about being a woman?

I love this question because I love being a woman! I love being able to express my femininity. Being strong yet vulnerable. Having a deep compassionate side and not having fear with showing it. The deep desire to nurture and protect. Seeing the divine feminine in nature, the goddesses in my life and within myself. Feeling a strong connection to my heart and spirit. The sensual, sweet, and intuitive nature. Having unwavering strength and willpower. I love seeing the world though a woman’s eyes, we see the undercurrent, the subtle, the details and the essence. I love all that is feminine.

What is it you love about Bhakti Yoga?

Bhakti Yoga changed my life. I am naturally a heart-based person so it woke me up to embracing that power and devoting myself to it. Bhakti yoga gives us the beautiful opportunity to embrace the truth of the heart and live from a place of affection and compassion. Practicing Bhakti yoga is like continuous prayer to the light within the self and all living beings. Being able to give up doubt, fear and worry to something greater than myself has changed everything in my life. It provides me with a life of emotional fulfillment and gratitude. Bhakti yoga can be practiced by anyone at anytime! I love the freedom that comes with Bhakti yoga, the learning to surrender and the letting go of selfish desires. Do everything in life as service to god or what ever calls to you and there will be less and less pain and more and more joy!

As one of my great teachers Dhanurdhara Swami says “don’t try to be the center, learn to serve the center.”

What do you love most about being in India?

Being in India is a very powerful experience for me. It is almost impossible to put into words. I have been so fortunate to have gone to some of the most holy and sacred lands in India. India has a way of pulling your heart out shaking out all the dark, the old, the negative and replacing it with love, appreciation and sweetness. India is so purifying to me. It helps me see clearly. I love the culture, the people, the amazing food, the ancient traditions. There are things I have seen in India I never could have imagined, some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in life have been there.

It is a place to surrender to and that is the only way. Once you surrender, the magic and truth starts to appear. It is a mystical land. I have been blessed to have traveled there with some of my dearest teachers who have been the ones to clear the path for me to see the heart of Inida. So many auspicious events have taken place while there that have given a sense of deep peace and trust.

One of my dearest memories is of stepping into the Ganges river in Haridwar for the first time ever, feeling its fierce running current, hearing the sounds of mantras from afar, smelling a combination of smoke and incense, feeling a garland of marigolds float by and wrap around my body, and had such an intense feeling, almost as if the water of mother Ganga was penetrating and speaking to my soul; like I had been waiting for that moment for a thousand years. It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life that I will never forget.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Back to Vrindavan in India. It is the land of Bhakti and devotion. It is pure bliss and I have some very sweet memories in my heart from the time I was fortunate enough to spend there. The temples, the flower fields of old Vrindavan, the streets, the Yamuna river, the kirtans, the cooing birds, the nectar of spiritual love. It is a place where massive purification happens. The energy there is intoxicating.

You leave a piece of your heart if not your whole heart there. It is a magical place if you can look deeply into the land, spirit and mood of Vrindavan. I can’t wait to make it back to travel more though India, and possibly to Indonesia as well.

What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my amazing family and friends. I am also grateful to be able to do what I love for a job and get to see so many open-hearted loving people each day when I go to my classes. I am grateful for simple things like having food, shelter, water. I am blessed to be living in a beautiful part of the country with such a strong spiritual community around me. I am grateful for the opportunities that flow into my life and for the path that I am on.

What is your most cherished life lesson?

My most cherished life lesson is surrender everything to a higher power/ the universe/ god. To not try to be the controller, and to give and serve as much as possible in life.

How do you connect with yourself?

Through yoga, meditation, chanting, spending time in nature, writing, taking a long hot bath, reading, giving myself time to go within and reflect. I try to honor my feelings and emotions. I am a person who has to process things slowly and steadily so I give myself permission to take my time and absorb.

My connection with others enhances my connection to myself. My spiritual practice allows me to uncover the old, the ego and step into my true authentic self. It is a long road to creating a deep solid relationship to the self and I finally feel like at this time in my life I have one of the strongest connections to who I am than I ever have.

What do you love about Chloe?

Chloe is the essence of all things beautiful, healing and good. Shakti goddess, healer, medicine woman, giver, spiritual seeker, lover of the divine. She creates the sweetest most powerful energy. She is pure bhav and love. Her laugh makes me smile. Her perspective on the world opens my heart. She is one of the strongest most inspiring women I have ever met. She is someone who knows her truth and uses it to help and heal others in the deepest most dharmic way. There really is no one like her on this planet.

When I look at Chloe I feel instantly calm and happy, that is how powerful the energy she carries is. She can make me laugh in a second about everything and nothing. She has the ability to stare into your soul and help you see who you are. With Chloe it is always deep waters yet a lighthearted bliss. We share a special connection that I treasure in my heart. Spending time with her is like giving your soul a bath. Our friendship is a sacred one and one that I will forever be grateful for. If you get the opportunity to meet Chloe in this lifetime, you are very, very lucky. Jai Chloeji!

 

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Ed: Kate Bartolotta

 

 

About Chloe Park

Chloe Park is an Artist, Spiritual Teacher, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Holistic Healing Practitioner, Life Coach, Women's Empowerment Leader, Social Change Activist and Ethnobotanist. A traveling Healer and Teacher, she roams the Earth to share her message: unconditional love, self-healing and awakening. She uses the medium of writing, holistic healing, medicinal plants, yoga and meditation to help all those along the Path to attain harmony with mind, body and spirit. She is devoted to facilitating the space for Healing, Love and Truth and is passionate about bringing ancient practices and traditions into the modern times we live. Her intention with her writing is to offer Q&A for all those who are engaged in the dialogue. Chloe also writes for MindBodyGreen, Healthline, WorldLifestyle, and Yahoo Shine!. To stay connected with her current projects, retreats, teachings and traveling schedule, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chloeparkhealing or visit her website: www.chloeparkhealing.com. Spiritual counseling and life coaching sessions with Chloe are available via Skype. May we all wake up together. ॐ

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