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Meet Alexis Irias of The Digital Yogi / Alquimia Yoga in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Irias.

Alexis, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have two passions in life; digital awareness/technology addiction and accessible yoga and wellness for the Hispanic community.

I grew up in between South Florida and Honduras. Spending half my childhood in the united states and then graduating high school in Honduras has given me a unique cultural identity and passion for connecting with the Hispanic community.

A few years ago, I pursued Yoga Teacher Training with the intention of deepening my personal practice. I was resistant to become a yoga instructor since I was in love with being a student and I didn’t want this experience change. I taught my first class in Honduras in Spanish, while I was home for a few weeks visiting family and came to the realization that I wanted to offer yoga in Spanish to an underserved community in Denver.

This was more than two years ago and since then, my mission has been to offer donation-based yoga in Spanish to Denver’s Hispanic community. This experience has become more meaningful than I could have ever possibly imagined.

Students who had never done yoga before would nervously enter my class to find a life-changing practice. As the months went by, these students not only committed to a weekly practice, but I also witnessed their lives transform and their overall well being improve. They started becoming more aware of their breath and were evidently more comfortable in their body, and more purposeful in their actions. They became interested in their diet and overall health, and how they could improve these.

Bearing witness to the improvement in their quality of life, through the incorporation of yoga and meditation practices, has inspired me to find more ways to help. The Hispanic communities in the United States are underserved, undervalued, and unseen. Some live in perpetual fear due to their immigration status, many carry trauma from having survived gang-based violence, abusive relationships, and extreme poverty. They attempt to drink their sorrows away, are forced to share small spaces to afford rent, and constantly invalidated as they are almost always assumed to be Mexican. The majority of them have had limited access to education, and have risked their lives and traveled with the clothes on their backs to come to this country. They made this journey because they had the dream of providing a better life for their family, which they have left behind in their home countries, along with everything that was familiar. A home country that they haven’t seen in decades and some many even never see again. Yet, each of them have a unique story to tell, dreams to fulfill, and —like the rest of us— are seeking happiness and longing for a good life. But their heart feels heavy, and many have no idea how to healthily cope. With this in mind, I am working on some initiatives that will offer

My other passion lies in digital awareness. That is having an understanding of our compulsive digital behavior in order to live a more present life.

I’m in my first year of a Master’s program that will position me to become a Therapist focused on Technology Addiction. My goal is to work with kids, teens and parents and provide tools for having a positive relationship with our devices.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have definitely been some struggles along the way. For the last five years, I have struggled trying to find passion as a digital marketer feeling that my calling was more and different yet not knowing what.

Please tell us about The Digital Yogi / Alquimia Yoga.
I’d like to focus on the Spanish yoga I do through Alquimia Yoga. I offer yoga classes in Spanish in Denver. I’m passionate about bringing awareness to alternative healing modalities to the Hispanic community. I’m proud of seeing how this mission has evolved much more than providing yoga and look forward to see how it all unfolds in the near future.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’m grateful for where I am at this point of my life and the wisdom that the challenges I’ve faced have provided me so it’s hard to think of anything I would have done differently because then I wouldn’t be exactly where I am today.

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