Mindful Living in Spirit & Action
Sofia Elizalde Duran is on a spiritual journey. She has been forging a path fueled by a need to discover “who I am - what makes me be happy, feel at ease, calm and at peace with myself.” Arising out of an awareness of an extreme disconnect between her body and mind, she was pushed to take up this fundamental question and then explore the means and ways she could re-connect, re-make herself. Yoga is at the core of her journey. In the beginning it helped her get into her body and face her fears - “how true were the monsters in my head?” - then it grew into a daily practice that now underpins her entire physical and spiritual life. Acting fires up her curiosity and creativity, at the same time leading her to understand human conflicts and therefore herself. She is a teacher who struggles to be an example of what she believes. “My faith is in goodness, in truth, in kindness. Everything is connected. Our actions matter so much.” Listen in to hear how she has built her spiritual life and to hear about the delicious breakfast bowl that begins her day!
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“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ William Shakespeare
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”.
Sofia Elizalde Duran
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I am the average middle-class Chilena, who was fortunate enough to attend the one and only international school in Santiago, because my mother is a history teacher of that school. There, I fostered a deep passion for the English language and Theater. My upbringing, surrounded by international students (classmates & teachers), really allowed me to become the curious being that I am. I am the eternal inquirer. I ask questions, I research, I explore, I experience. In retrospect, I believe that this is what drove me (has driven me) to the path of theater arts, dance, and yoga.
I attended theater school here in Chile. It was not easy, it was not necessarily pleasant. I felt I was an alien: I was not Chilean, I was not American. I was a foreigner in my own country, I was (and will be) a foreigner wherever I went (go). I’m a third culture kid, woman. A breath of air came to my life when I was granted a scholarship to go to a Shakespeare Program in Oxford while I was on my third year of theater study. This made me want to come back, get my degree in Acting, and leave Chile.
I spent 3 years in New York City, getting a masters degree in Acting thanks to a full scholarship granted by the Chilean government. Transformational years: the beginning of finding myself, the birth to new ground-breaking friendships, genesis to the heart of my life with yoga.
In a very curious way, life has thrown me some interesting curve balls-- I, who never in a million years thought I’d be coming back to Chile, now live in Chile. I, who once swore would never be a teacher, have become a teacher. I, who graduated from The International School Nido de Águilas happily thinking I was soaring to freedom, now teach theater and dance in this school.
Life is not work. My biography does not begin and end with my doings, my accomplishments, and/or my whereabouts. I am a 33 year old woman who believes in beauty, who strives for light and health. I am a woman who has faith in kindness, compassion, and love.
Sofia's Breakfast Bowl
Sofia was kind enough to share the recipe for her breakfast bowl with us! She says it’s important to know that there is no "correct" way of constructing the bowl, and this is just a template of what you can begin try - and maybe later expand. She recommends exploring with tastes, textures, and colors!
- Pineapple (2 big slices-- include the core!)
- Cucumber (½)
- Celery (2 sticks)
- Kale (1 cup, chopped)
- Chia seeds (1 teaspoon)
- Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
- Sesame seeds (1 teaspoon)
- Activated Almonds (To activate: soak almonds over night soaking in fresh purified water. In the morning, rinse before adding to meal).
- Organic Raisins
- Fresh Turmeric
- Fresh Ginger
Chop the pineapple, cucumber, and celery in squares. Top with kale.
Sprinkle with chia, flax, and sesame seeds.
Add almonds and walnuts.
Grind (if you have fresh) turmeric and ginger. If not, organic turmeric and ginger powder works!