Say namaste to our newest friend and yoga instructor: the calm, cool and collected Jimena Lujan. Jimena’s Colombian roots and childhood journeys through South and Central America are what sparked her life-long passion for the arts and spirituality. Later, in the midst of her extensive travels around the world (20+ countries), Jimena’s budding interest in meditation flourished into a whole-hearted commitment to the practice. Now, every weekend she joins us on the beach to share it with us.
What inspired your interest in yoga?
When I was a kid, my parents had one of those big encyclopedia series and one of the books was just about the Buddha and his teachings. I was so astonished by his life and how he reached enlightenment that I wanted to know what meditation was all about. Later in my life I began a steady meditation practice, and started to include yoga poses (asanas).
What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
Currently, my favorite yoga asana is Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose). I can’t get enough of it! It gives me a great stretch on the front of the body and a good deep backbend. It also allows me to see a different perspective.
What do you love most about traveling? Out of all countries you’ve visited, which is your favorite? Why?
Besides being an adventure every time, traveling opens your mind to other cultures and beliefs, and makes you learn new things about yourself. My favorite country so far is France. I love the architecture, the art, the many museums, the gardens and parks – everything. I’m also totally in love with the language.
Where do you like to eat and drink in Miami?
I love to eat in Lemoni Cafe, a cute little restaurant with lots of character and really good food. Plus, it has many vegetarian choices. When it comes to drinking I prefer wine, so Lagniappe is a great place.
Tell us one thing you think everyone should experience while visiting the 305.
I would encourage everyone to enjoy the beautiful beaches, all the outdoor activities, and the natural beauty of the Everglades. Last but not least, everyone should try the Latin food. Miami offers the best traditional ethnic food from all the Latin countries.
If you could hang out with anyone at The Broken Shaker, who would it be?
I would love to hang out with George Harrison from The Beatles and talk about music, philosophy and spirituality.
Don’t forget to join us this Saturday for a free oceanfront yoga session with Jimena Lujan!