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Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City
She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!
What does "only what you need" mean to you?
Only what you need means to me simplifying your life. As a mother of three young boys, it can easily get overwhelming - our schedules can get packed and our closets and even pantry are busting out with toys and clothes. Lately, I have really been focusing on quality over quantity. Even with the moments I spend with each one of my boys or on my job, I want to stay focused and present and in the moment and not scattered, bringing my attention to only what I am doing at that time and not 1 million other things. I feel the same way about my nutrition and diet - I would much rather have a high-quality piece of fruit or a protein shake made with real ingredients.
Lately I have really been focusing on quality over quantity.
As a mom of three young kids, why is health so important to you?
As a mom of three kids health is extremely important to me because I want to set an incredible example for my boys. I want to stay around as long as possible and be a 100 year old great great grandmother!
Can you tell us a little about your book, Chair Yoga?
My Chair Yoga book motto is Sit Stretch and Strengthen your way to a happier healthier you and is designed to fit busy lifestyles. I want people to realize they can sneak in a yoga pose anywhere at anytime of the day. Doing yoga poses in a chair makes it so much more accessible and easier for all demographics.
How has yoga shaped you into who you are today?
Yoga has made me the person I am today. Had I not discovered yoga in my early 20's, I don't think I would be the same calm focused centered mother, wife, friend and teacher that I am now. Yoga means to unite and it constantly helps me bring my mind and body together through my breath and stay present in the moment and to really cherish every deep breath that I take. It's led me to incredible opportunities. It has let me travel the world and meet amazing people. I get to work on some awesome cool projects and it's really been one of the main things that I have kept consistent with throughout all of these years.
What is one piece of advice you give to your yoga students?
I would tell them to show up for themselves and others every day! A downward dog a day keeps the doctor away. Even if you just do one stretch or a one minute meditation you are doing great. Whether it's at your mat or doing a simple chair stretch, anything you can do to keep coming back to the present moment.
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