Here's Natalie's story in her own words:
"Salutations! My name is Natalie Magee aka Yogi Magee. I’m a part-time flight attendant and full-time adventure seeker. I’m a certified yoga instructor who encourages my students to step off their mat and into the wild by joining in on my yoga adventure retreats. I love nothing more than introducing others to my favorite corners of the world from Colorado to Utah, California and Iceland. I’ve parlayed my love of hiking and yoga into my own business called Yogi Magee Expeditions and I’m always on the look-out for the retreat destination.
I decided to start hosting my own retreats after attending one in Costa Rica in 2012. I really enjoyed having a week to dedicate to my practice and to deepen my connection with others. After attending that yoga retreat I knew there were elements of it that I could do better if I was the host so I decided to assemble my own yoga retreats. At the time, no one I knew was putting together retreats that combined hiking and yoga and offered more than just meditation and lounging on the beach. I wanted to appeal to the crowd who didn’t want to relax their whole vacation, but also wouldn’t be judged if they did. When I started my business I only had a blog and PayPal. No logo, no website, no easy way to take payments or even a formed waiver. I sought advice from my mentor, brought along an assistant and sold out my first retreat. I learned so much from that first retreat in Telluride that allowed me to continue to be better and do better for my guests in the future.
Since that first retreat I have made many changes in my life to continue to pursue my dream. I fly part-time and we moved to an area of Colorado that has better access to the mountains and desert I love calling home. I have also grown my presence on social media because I’m able to hike, climb and explore more now that my cost of living is less. I’ve made many sacrifices to pursue my Wildway of Life, but it’s been so worth the effort.
The core of who I am and what I believe is the same today as it was several years ago when I began pursuing my Wildway of Life. Part of being a student of yoga is maintaining the practice with a beginners’ mindset. I know that there is always something to learn and I’m constantly evolving as a person. If anything, my path has led me to become a more understanding and empathetic person. Most people begin the practice of yoga or come on a retreat because they are seeking something. I’m not here to be anything but a conduit for those who are wanting to dive deeper into their self. I can’t do the work for them, but I can give them the safe space to do the work. Living my Wildway Life has helped me become a better listener, a better friend, and a better teacher. Every person I have met has come into my life for a reason and I feel so fortunate to play a small part of helping others along this journey called life. Serving others has always been my dharma...it just took a few years to accept my path."
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