Alec Vishal Rouben
Alec Vishal Rouben is a Denver-Boulder based yoga teacher and co-founder of the Yoga Revealed podcast.
What is your soul+work?
Sharing the love of life and yoga with a podcast and personal teaching.
As of late, my souls purpose, or Dharma has been revealing itself to me in the form of connecting with children. Knowing that it is okay to feel what we feel, and embrace the beauty of life. Children are such a crucial part to our life and my mission is to support kids on their journey, as well as remembering my own inner kid!
How did your life prepare you for this work?
Life has prepared me by presenting many challenges in front of me. Instead of the word challenge- let's replace it with opportunistic situations for spiritual growth. Life has presented many challenges, so I may find compassion and ambition for living in this body. What a privilege it is to be alive!
Why do you do what you do? Take us on the journey of how you transitioned from life before to the life of your dreams.
Being a student of life and yoga - to me - is continually finding comfort and conviction within myself. Before yoga came into my life, I felt like I constantly being taken on the ride with life, unable to choose my own experience or thoughts to that matter. Once yoga revealed itself to me, happiness, contentment, positivity and inspiration showed me another way of living my life, of LOVING my LIFE! One of the deepest scars that put me on this path, was not talking to my father for 3 years, for their own reasons at that time in my life. With commitment to yoga, the anger began to transform into forgiveness, inspiring a large tattoo on my back, forever being a reminder to keep the heart open, no matter what hardship arises! It is a true gift to wake up into how we can be of service to one another and practice compassion for others in this lifetime.
Share with us your most difficult moment and how you came out shining?
Countless amounts of challenging moments come to mind. At this moment one I'd love to share was when I was in Thailand, trying to catch a flight to Costa Rica for Envision Music Festival to meet up with 20 of my best friends in the LOVEtriBE!
Instead of the word challenge- let's replace it with opportunistic situations for spiritual growth.
Long story short, my flight agent flew me into the wrong airport in Bangkok and I had 75 minutes to make it across Bangkok during rush hour to make my flight. With enough tweaking out, tears, and insecurity, the value of breath revealed itself to me. Reminding me that all is unfolding as it needs to. Each challenge is a deeper opportunity for spiritual growth. I made it to the airport and cut about 300 people checking their bags, asked the front check in agent for an emergency escort to make my flight out of the country. As I walked onto the plane, they closed the door not even 60 seconds upon walking in. The mantra of saving anxiety - I have arrived safely, undelayed, and perfectly on time!
...all is unfolding as it needs to. Each challenge is a deeper opportunity for spiritual growth
Tell us the fun bits about yourself. What fills your soul?
Besides the depth of yoga awakening me more and more each day... My hobbies involve drinking Gong Fu style Tea! There are many types of tea that are considered Qi Tea, holding energy as they have been fermenting for decades at a time; they invoke high amounts of energy. I also LOVE playing my tank drum and Hand Pan! We all have musical talents within us; we just need to find the right tool to unlock them. It took 25 years for a beautiful instrument to come into my life!
What are your hobbies and where do you live, work, and travel?
I live in Boulder, Colorado and am so fortunate with a tribe of friends that support me in my ventures of starting the Yoga Revealed Podcast. We have 80,000 listeners! Come late October, I will begin a 6 month travel journey, studying yoga in Hawaii, India, and traveling around South East Asia for the second time. Travel lights my soul up, bringing me into a deep adventure of awareness!
What are things that help you be a soul+worker?
Check out Yoga Revealed Podcast for a FREE podcast that I co-Created, we feature one-on-one interviews with the greatest yoga teachers of our time, the beautiful wisdom of yoga being shared from the experience of masterful individuals! Also, check out Debra Silverman Astrology, Colorado's favorite astrologist. She is a dear friend and a lovely human being with a true gift- living light in this world from her bright soul!
Words to live by?
When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
Alec Vishal Rouben is the co-founder of Yoga Revealed Podcast, interviewing masterful teachers of our time and sharing one-on-one conversations with all who are interested! This blessing has allowed the wisdom of yoga to pour in, which Alec so graciously and abundantly shares with his Boulder & Denver Yoga Communities. Alec teaches at PrAna, Yoga Pod, CorePower Yoga and RAMA studios. In addition, Alec loves sharing the gift of breath with the transformational music festival scene through teaching what he offers as LOVE LiFE Yoga!