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7 Q+A: Hayli Peterson

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Hayli Peterson, possibly the most grounded and loving person we know, which is a rare and beautiful combination. She’s a loving mother to three cuties and one helluva wife to one helluva hubby. She is also co-owner of the new yoga studio in Champaign, Reflect Yoga Therapy, and has been offering some of the best yoga instruction in our area for over 10 years.



What are you grateful for today?
Right now, I’m in Italy vacationing with my oldest daughter.  I am grateful for her and this experience we are having.

Tell us about one of your friends and what you love about her.
I have a friend that can go through a hard day and still smile and laugh. Most importantly, she listens to and understands me. That’s a lot harder to do than it sounds!

Describe one of the best days of your life.
One of the best days was when my husband and I went to New Orleans for our 5th anniversary and we had an amazing day of relaxing, seeing things, laughing and listening to live music at a fantastic little jazz club that we were squished into like sardines.

What’s the best lesson you learned from your mother/grandmother?
My mother taught me to be friends with everyone.  It keeps you out of the drama and teaches you compassion.

We’re all unique. What is your special gift?
I love teaching yoga. I love the people I meet and the lives that I get to be a part of. I enjoy the ability to teach people how to understand more about themselves.

What could women be doing to make their community a better place?
Teach/Show compassion. We need more of it. It is the human nature to be judgmental and I think that we don’t need to fight it but see every situation from many angles and be understanding.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?Swim in the ocean.  I’ll wade but not swim…Too powerful a force for me to be at ease with. Eh, everyone has something, right?

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