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Founder or Fat Buddha Yoga. She takes a modern approach to yoga, focussing on ambience, "good vibes and BIG tunes."Name:Jessica Skye Location:London Occupation:Founder of Fat Buddha Yoga & DJ
What makes you pretty tough?
My boyfriend – If anyone has made me toughen up it’s him (ironically he’s in a music duo called Tough Love). He’s a rock solid badass and when I’m faced with conflict I literally channel my inner Tough Love. We’ve both taken some knocks and curve balls in the last couple of years and it definitely makes you tougher. We don’t sweat the small stuff, we’re firm but fair and we don’t take no s*** from no one.
What is your earliest memory of BABY-G?
Buying it of course…. I was on holiday in the West Indies, all the cool kids at school had a BABY-G, it was The Watch and I needed it. My dad finally caved and my two sisters & I all got one. It was pink, tough and was still ticking about 10 years after I bought it.
What does BABY-G mean to you?
BABY-G is a symbol of 90s childhood nostalgia. Being at school, No Doubt, Opal Fruits, Saved By The Bell, Furbies, Play Stations, MTV and The Osbournes. Summer holidays, no actual worries or responsibilities and wizzing around my block on roller blades with the neighbourhood kids at sunset.
What would your advice be to your younger self?
Slow down, don’t be too nice and take help when you need it.
What is your top tip for achieving your dreams?
Be honest with yourself, when you know what you want go and get it. Don’t let people slow you down, put you off or tell you it can’t be done.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
I’m a humanitarian, a dreamer and a go-getter
What is your mantra?
Do whatever is it that makes you happy – don’t let your older self have any regrets.
Where is the best place to practice yoga?
Somewhere up high with a view.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Fat Buddha Music! Music is a huge part of my life both on and off the mat. Whether I’m creating mixes for my sessions or collecting bangers for my sets. Everything from 70s disco, 90s house and trip-hop to future beats and deep-house. I love it all.
What’s your favourite yoga position?
A handstand! Inversions have a bunch of health benefits… Most importantly they are awesome fun.
Was it easy to turn your passion into a business?
Fat Buddha Yoga has grown pretty organically and hasn’t had a great deal of resistance. It hasn’t been total plain sailing and I’ve put the hours in – but I love what I do so work doesn’t feel like work so it’s pretty easy and never a drag.
What inspires you to keep pushing yourself?
Seeing positive outcomes from what I put in. In yoga it’s seeing my students leave smiling, their progression and the fact they come back for more. On the decks it’s seeing people dancing and having a good time. As long as I get good vibes back I’m going to keep pushing to send out more..
Who is your biggest inspiration?
So cliché… but it’s my parents. They are chalk and cheese but they definitely give me balance. They are both amazing, work so hard and never stop. Dad is a genius (a literal walking talking encyclopedia of everything), great sense of humor, biggest most generous heart and never gives up. My mum is all those things too (in her unique way) she’s still a party animal, comes out with my sisters and me and is the oldest 21 year old I know. I hope I keep my dads work ethic and my mum’s appetite for fun and silliness.