Meggie Austin

One. What is The Works to you?

The works to me is a unique combination of mind body and soul. I believe each entity is an equal part of what makes this practice whole. It’s not just movement. It’s not just heart. It’s not just meditation. It takes all of these powerful parts and pieces them together to create a practice like no other. It allows me space to move with my body, not away from it. It has opened doors for me to sit with myself and not immediately want to squirm. It has also given me the opportunity to connect with myself in a real and raw way that I never found before. That’s the soul part. That is what has been missing for me before the works.

Two. What’s playing in your head phones?

Mumford and Sons, the Lumineers, Bornes and east Forrest get my in my feels. Griz, the floozies, Macklemore, and anything bey and jay get me hyped. I’ll stop there. My music list goes on forever as I spend lots of my spare time employing my Spotify trying to find new music or songs that have been lost from my repertoire in recent times. Music is what moves me even on the days when all I want to do it sit.

Three. How did you find yourself on the mat?

I became interested in yoga when my brother found a love for it. He was in New York and I was in charleston, but the way he talked about it got me intrigued. Then, when I was living with Alex, she brought me with her to a class at blue turtle. Then I followed her to CPY, then I did the teacher training after hers. We like to say I brought her to charleston, she brought me to yoga. (Hometown besties)

Four. A quote or song lyric that speaks to you.

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands;
you need to be able to throw some things back.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.
I’ve learned that even when I have pains,
I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.

— Maya Angelou