2009 was a big year for me. Already equipped with my passion for travel and culture, I traveled to Chile to teach English promptly upon graduation with my Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. I was so eager to see beautiful, foreign landscapes and experience a rich new culture. Upon my arrival, I found the smog of beautiful Santiago to be choking, and the trash and plastic littering the outskirts of the city as well as the riverbanks and mountainsides of more rural towns to be overwhelming. It all brought the plight of our planet to the forefront of my awareness. I could see clearly what human behavior was doing to these beautiful places. Being an American, I never realized how privileged I was to live in a country that provided effective waste management to its citizens- it was just something I had never thought about! I never saw where my trash was going, and now that I was in a foreign country I realized that there truly was no "away" in throwing away. Every piece of plastic that I had ever thrown away, or "recycled", still existed- somewhere on this precious planet that I so dearly loved to explore.
When I returned to the U.S. the following year, I was yet again a broke student in graduate school. I decided that I was going to do things differently this time. Instead of buying shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, I started experimenting with how I can make self care products myself using eco-friendly materials in bulk. If our species survived for hundreds of thousands of years without conventional plastic packaged luxuries- there has got to be alternate ways to remain hygienic that doesn't add to the permanently plastic landfill. After years of stalking DIY blogs and trial and error, I am finally here sharing with the world my tried and true recipes that make sense.
2009 was a big year for other reasons as well- while traveling I broke my back in a car accident and had to have a spinal fusion of my L1 and L3. I found myself in chronic pain at the age of 22. I was fiercely determined to not let this stop me from my 'gap year', and I successfully hiked Machu Picchu and backpacked Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Ecuador. Upon return to the U.S., I found yoga to properly rehabilitate me and keep me strong and free of pain.
In my quest to deepen my practice and study of yoga and meditation, a lovely complement to my career as a mental health therapist, I decided to apply yoga to all parts of my life. To me, yoga means approaching all things that I do with love and care. It means considering the effect that my behavior has on others as well as my environment.
Thus I introduce you to Moga, my synergistic approach to life. It comes from a fusion of my last name (Moran) and Yoga. I am here to teach all of you how to approach life simply and sustainably, promoting both the health of YOU inside and out, as well as the beautiful planet that nourishes you day in and day out.
To help motivate you to love and care for our planet, the Moga Blog will also serve to share with you the wonders of the world that I experience in my ongoing travels :)
Cheers to you!