When Kathryn Budig was in college, one of her fellow theater majors took her to an ashtanga yoga class—and she hasn’t looked back. Budig has been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching for 13. She’s written two books, The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga (2012) and Aim True: Love Your Body, Eat Without Fear, Nourish Your Spirit, Discover True Balance! (2016). She cohosts the espnW podcast Free Cookies alongside her girlfriend, sports reporter, commentator, and author Kate Fagan. And she’s spreading the message of “aim true,” her personal mantra, on Instagram.
Budig explains that “aim true” is steeped in Greek mythology, with a nod to the goddess Artemis who was often depicted carrying a bow and arrows.
“When you aim true, you accept yourself and all the qualities you possess without the expectations of others,” Budig tells SELF. “Your mark is not necessarily where you’re supposed to land. What you want is a feeling in your core and not necessarily a tangible destination.”
For Budig, aiming true often involves listening to her body, particularly when it comes to her yoga practice.
“The beauty of yoga is it can take on so many different styles and forms,” Budig says. “You have this beautiful library to choose from on a daily basis.”
For beginners, she recognizes that going to a yoga studio can be super intimidating, but she recommends starting your practice under the guidance of a trained teacher. If that’s not possible, Budig says that online platforms can be a great resource. (She herself teaches online through YogaGlo.) “You can customize what the situation is… and practice in a safe place in the comfort of your own home.”
Budig carves out time to meditate, no matter how hectic her schedule.
“It’s important for people to know there are so many different ways to meditate. You don’t need to sit down and stop thinking,” she explains. “For beginners, if you work with a mantra-style meditation, you can put that on repeat and connect it to your breath. Inhale, ‘I am energized.’ Exhale, ‘I am focused.’ Repeat that over and over again.”
Budig also loves cooking and recipe testing as a way to stay grounded. And she’s always thinking about what she can do to make her body feel as good as possible. “I travel with supplements and powders and essential oils,” Budig says. “My little witchy apothecary.”
Ultimately, Budig says that her morning routine is the most refreshing thing of all. Each morning, she and Fagan wake up, grab their refillable latte cups, and walk their dogs down to their favorite coffee shop. The pair sit on a bench with their coffee and talk to each other—no phones allowed.
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