Angela Wagner is a yoga teacher, wellness trainer, life coach, podcaster, and environmental toxins expert. She is the owner of YogaSport Dallas, a community-oriented power yoga studio specializing in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Angela Wagner Coaching, a coaching company offering help to women who wants to master their yoga practice and master their lives. Wagner also is an essential oils educator at doTERRA Wellness Advocate, a company committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up near Chicago, IL, and spent my middle school and high school years in a small town – Medfield, MA. One of the most impactful events of my young life was moving from Chicago to Boston. I was in 7th grade, which is already a brutal year for kids, and I was the flashy Italian girl with a Chicago accent. I moved to a flannel-wearing New England town that felt like a foreign country. Needless to say, I learned a lot about myself, how to gain confidence, make friends, and thrive in a very uncomfortable environment.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
Oh so many things but the main thing that comes to mind is that no one will ever live in your body except you. In my early years of fitness and yoga, I pushed too far and focused on “achieving” vs just taking care of myself. I soon realized that the person next to me in yoga class does not have to suffer through the injury I just created for pushing too far.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
I often hear buzz yoga terms like “let go” or “be present” which are great, but so often people don’t explain HOW to make these things happen. It’s not as if students are saying, “Oh yeah, she told me to let go, now I will.” If they knew how they would. So I teach my yoga teacher trainers to actually teach students how to do these seemingly simple, yet very complex things vs just telling them to do them.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
One of my darkest periods was when I went through fertility treatments. It was emotionally, physically, and financially draining and it felt very lonely. I am generally a very open person but sharing about this was too painful and felt personal for my husband and I. I definitely gained a ton of resilience and strength. I appreciated my pregnancy in a way that I never would have. And, I learned how to speak to people in pain and how not to speak to them. Some of the things people said to comfort me actually made things worse. Now I have a more clear understanding of how to support people who are going through painful experiences.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Being willing to do the hard work, even when it’s not fun and even when I am feeling insecure.
What is your morning routine?
I generally wake up around 7 am. I help the kids with breakfast, cook my own, make myself a cup of hot water with lemon, and get the kids ready for school. That’s pretty much it! I have a 4 and 6-year-old so mornings are more about them than me right now.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
I have been working on a brain retraining program for the past year and a half. It is challenging because it demands an hour a day of visualization exercises but when I do it, it completely shifts my mood, my energy levels, and my health.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
I time block and batch everything. For example, I record two months’ worth of yoga video releases in one week. I schedule most of my Zoom calls on the same days so that I can use the other days to get my work done. I also allow zero notification sounds to come through on my phone so that I am never distracted by them. Well, actually, my husband’s texts are the only “ding” that is allowed but he rarely texts me during the day unless it’s an emergency. ☺
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
My favorite book that I recommend to everyone is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s a short but profound read that gives you four rules to live by. It will certainly change your life. I revisit it every year and depending on what I am going through, I always take away something different.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
I love pretty much everything Brene Brown says. Here are two of my favorites…
“Vulnerability is not winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome.”
“Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame.”