Maggie Lee

Where are you from originally? I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona.

How long have you lived in Chattanooga? I moved here a little over a year ago with my husband Joe and our fur baby Nook.

Tell us about your childhood: I have a wonderful family unit, which includes my Mom, Dad and big sister Mckenzie. Most of our family lived in other states and we were kind of the black sheep’s that lived in the Southwest. I always appreciated that my parents were the rebels of the family, therefore I decided to keep that tradition going and now my husband and I are living in Tennessee while pretty much all of our family is in the Southwest  I loved growing up in Arizona and was always in the pool practicing my synchronized swimming routines, playing basketball or riding bikes. Arizona was a magical place to grow up; I truly appreciate all the beauty that state has to offer. Breathtaking sunsets, desert monsoon seasons, the red rocks of Sedona and so much more. It was a wonderful place as a child to experience such variations in weather, terrain and cultures. A big part of my youth was significantly impacted by my year studying abroad in Italy. I was an introverted 15-year-old girl that decided on a whim to go to a place where I knew nothing of the language nor the people I would live with. I was greatly influenced by this experience and luckily my host family has truly become family.

Do you have a nickname? Mags, Magster, Magnolia Blossom, Magdalena, Maggie Moo, Margarita…

When were you introduced to Yoga? I was introduced to Yoga in High School through my mom’s weekly group of friends that would gather at someone’s home and have a teacher come and instruct. I was at that awkward stage in life and not having much fun in High school so I thought it would be good try something new and I fell in love with how it made me feel and the confidence I gained.

How do yoga and the community play a role in your life? Yoga as well as Barre have both become a full time gig for me. I was struggling with trying to find my community and my career in a new town with all new connections so I decided to try something completely different as the path I was on with my previous career was not serving me any longer. I feel like in many ways the universe was subtly pushing me in this direction but it took me getting out of my own way to realize that this was exactly where I needed to be. I feel stronger than ever, driven and more at peace. Now I am working on becoming a dual certified Yoga and Barre teacher and I stumbled upon a wonderfully vibrant and loving community within Peace.Strength.Yoga.

What pose do you love the most and why? I really love Ustrasana or Camel pose. I love how graceful it can be yet also challenging. It is a significant back bend but also a major heart opener, this pose makes me feel confident and energized.

What is your favorite quote? “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live” – Dalai Lama