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Christine Moghadam | Average to Savage EP21

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This is the twenty-first episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring co-founder of Corc Yoga Christine Moghadam. Paul Guarino talked with Christine Moghadam discussing her past career, how she got into yoga and why she decided to start her own business Corc Yoga. Follow Christine Moghadam - Corc Yoga https://www.instagram.com/corcyoga/ https://twitter.com/corcyoga https://www.facebook.com/corcyoga Powered by Ora Organic oraorganic.grsm.io/PGSports

This is the average to savage podcast with Paul Garno, everyone in anyone, athletes, soet's and much more. WHAT'S UP, everybody? On back for another episode of average of savage podcast. Another special guests Christine Monitor on of Cork Yoga. Christine, has it gone? Thanks for having me. Yeah, no problem. So let's just jump right into it. Could you tell the listeners just a little about yourself? So I am actually a native Seattle here in southern California, and arch boy. I grew up in Seattle, letting nature, leving to hike and just kind of watch my parents also build their own business and learned from a young age that anything possible, would you call your dreams, work hard and get back, and so that kind of led me to be inspired to start our own business with the same business model. Yeah, we're your parents from they're actually from okay. So I kind of watch them, as immigrants, come here, study and work really hard. It was it was a difficult time for them. Yeah, so your your first generation American. Okay. So that's cool. That's kind of I feel like it's kind of I feel like it's kind of rare a little. Yeah, this is just because everybody's like here, you know. Yeah, exactly, you know, especially for my kids to understand all of the hard work that their grandparents good for them. Yeah, yeah, for sure, the models that we want to pass down to kids as well. Yeah, definitely. And before you started Cork Yoga, what's your work experience like? Background, studied cultural studies at Bow University. My passion was really seen from my love to travel and I wanted teaching English overseat. So I did that...

...for quite some time and volunteers and different or finishes and medical clinics overseas throughout India, Pakistan China. So that really is a huge part of me, is a centerpiece of my life. Yeah, adventure side of me. Gotcha. What was that like teaching people English? You know, it had especially when you teach adults who sometimes are older than you. At that time I was, you know, my early twenty thirty four year old. It was a challenge and I really feel like it built a really stop foundation for me just my love for people in different cultures. Yeah, definitely. So how did you start Cork Yoga? Well, we started, actually started from one trip in particular back in two thousand and sixteen, a couple of years ago I was really at the cressrooms in my personal life. We had just experience a lot of trauma and loss with your family, and my husband and I were just twenty, forty or just kind of ready to kind of embrace you and heal from all of us, and so we decided to travel again, and decisive as a course coal. So during that trip I literally fell in love with the people, the culture, the food and obviously the beauty of it. I would be able to revisit a lot of those passions that have kind of it buried down the way of all the pain. And one day I was walking through the street and I was John Inventor that was selling the really unique looking bags and learned that they were actually made from court. So through that I learned that portal is actually the largest supplier of courts in the world and I started to just kind of read on my own work and coming back from that trip, I felt really compelled to go back for what they...

...also to give back to the country, and so I started to research just what court was all about, working with different manufacturers and trying to decide what we could do to partner with a thentructions create something that people with my of I was made from Cork. Yeah, because of my passion for Mental Health, just for my personal journey and the benefits that yoga gets, we excited to create these amazing Yoga Maths that are made from Cork. Yeah, so I'm assuming your you were big into yoga before this. Correctly, I wasn't. Okay, yeah, yeah, I just high energy type of thing. Okay, I play, believe it, liastball school years. So Yoga was never it never struck me had something to interesting before and throughout several years my friends encouraged me to take some time, you know, Yoga, calm down, bring a little bit to term of yourself, because I just I'm always an adventures out of me kind of an area where it is struck me as strongly of other things big and through Cork Yoga, actually, it has inspired me a lot to do yoga most frequently and you know, as a mom of soccer boy and now owner of Cork Yoga, I really have discovered that Yoga help you find the balance its three. Now I'm fully into it. Yeah, so I know you said you went to Portugal and that's how you came up with like the Cork Yoga Matt. But like, how did you think about making a Yoga Mat out of Cork? Like, did you think...

...of any other products too? Did we thought, you know, whether it was jewelry or bad which we are as far as our accessor reline creating on the side, but we really had to think what community of people with be in love with our product, and of course we thought of Yoga and Wellman community. We care about sustainability and cork supports it's an amazing industry. It's the only tree that regenerates itself park. Yeah, for sure, and we felt like the Yoga Mat as a whole to really provided all of the features and the property of Cork. You know, it's antimicrobial, it's Chemical Free, non slip, all these different properties that it had. We felt like the yoga match just featured it all. Yeah, definitely. You just kind of answer my next question, which is going to be what's it's your match apart from other Yoga Mats? Well, exactly, are not. There's as no rubber or chemicals, you know, any of the PBC. Nothing like that in our math, and that completely set us apart. Then you guys are they're like recyclable and stuff. Yes, completely repecable. If we, you know, if anybody wanted to send their men to us, we could send it back to our factory and they could recycle it and produce whether it's yoga block or anything else. It's awesome. Yeah, yeah, it's a great we really enjoy working with Cork. So what's the process for them to produce a yoga man? What's like the turnaround time? So it actually doesn't matter how many man. From start to finish it's about a two month process. Okay, and because Cork is only harvested about three months out of the year, typically from May till the end of July. This year was actually...

...a late harvest and I was really honored to be there and actually learned how to harvest cork from the tree and kind of watch the entire process. It's amazing. And so three that they have to let the court dry for several weeks and then they have to bring to the factory, and so, from start to finish, once it lands at the factory, two months. Yeah, hands Gotcha. What are the other products you were saying? They you guys have besides Yoga Math. We have these great backpacks that we can all get used for Yoga Mat bags as well. They're made out of court and we also have yoga blocks. We have two lines yo the block, and one is online to our factory and then another have a yoga block is all recycled wine cork stoppers and that's our partnership with an organization called we cork, and what they do is they recycle all of Wine Cork stoppers that are donated to them and produce cork blocks, souls for your shoes, just different things. It's cool stick now. Yeah, and then we also work with the factory in Turkey. We create these amazing Yoga Tower as well on the side those, those are some work, continuing to add to a product line, but really our hero products are yoga pat yeah, it's a curious question. Is there any cork treason like the US? Actually, interestingly enough, our boys camping this summer's been going to California and I was a question, of course at the time doing our filming the origin of our story, and you sent need two pictures of quark trees that were planted. Think it was close to Santa Barbara, California, and so there was a court to be in there and I went kind of a line in this resource a little bit just to find out if anyone has ever tried to plant, because our climate here...

...in California is similar to Portugals climate and it was interesting when I came across there was somebody that did try to put Cork Oak trees here in California, but when it was time to harvest what they stripped off the tree with, it didn't produce the same quality and the maturial that they try to produce with it as multiple. It was pretty harsh. But from what I read, yeah, so, yeah, I'm sure there's some but as far as what we can use them for, I don't think it's the same as in Portugal. Gotcha. So could you tell us a little about the benefits of doing yoga? Well, for one thing, it reduced the stress the breathing as we recently partners absolutely with a non profit help boost rage. Mission is to help those dealing with breast cantering other types of cancer treatment, and they have proved that yoga does reduce dress about the amazing and they've also discovered that wrote Yoga regulates hormones and create the quality of life for women with best canters. that. So, I mean this is the benefits of yoga are. I feel like they're endless. Yeah, information and, best of all, it helps with their mental health. I mean just all around good for sure. And I know we're going to say. Well, I was just going to say last week we actually, whenever Yo instructors, we sponsored event with our boy Secker Club with Eliale County and there's about fifty boys and just went in and just kind of taught them, you know, the the preper structing and the grieving and just, you know, for injury prevention for athlete. So that's huge need that area as well. Yeah, definitely. I think actually...

I think some NFL teams, some of them require them to do yoga. Some teams, and I know you're talking about the you're giving back programs. I know you had some stuff going on in Portugal to could you, could you just explain some of that too, with a couple organizations over there in partnership still to develop programs in the schools. And fortunately, you know, with the stigma with mental health and it's I'd say we're ahead of the US. Is a lot more open to talk about it. Yeah, but you know, culturally in Portugal. They're in with mental health and I was reading actually a while ago in the postchool America conjournal that has the highest rate of depression in Europe and second in the world, and the article stated that one third of the population with mental disorders are not being treated. So that's really that's really our passion as well, is how can we give back and providing and helping provide these sources? I know there's not enough funding in the schools over there. So we're still working with them to develop a program yeah, for sure. Yeah, I mean I think locally here in our community as well, this weekend of doing the walk with the national with the national lines in them. Yeah, they're doing walk all over the nation. So you know, we're just doing our best to try and, you know, to...

...support. Yeah, yeah, for sure. And I saw you have a brand or so you have an ambassador program so can tell listeners how they could become an ambassador of Cork Yoga? We obviously love anybody talking about Cork Yoga and the ambassadors that that we have on our team right now love both Yoga and mental health and also, of course, this being ability aspect. So for anyone that loves all three of these and as involved and, you know, movement and feels like they would be a great contribution to a brand. We we love to chat more about that. Actually, one of our current ambassadors, she is a mental health advocate herself and struggle with bipolar for many years and sound that yoga was present to really balanced her food. So we love to have inductors with what, you know, with this has a background that just feels like they can, you know, help us promote and be part of this community. We're all about community here. Yeah, definitely. And what advice would you give somebody that wants to start a new business? You know, I think, just from my personal journey, I think sometimes you got it just you know, for me personally, there was a lot of fear, a failure. What if it wasn't work? Yeah, right, right, everyone's look here and you know, what if everything that falls apart and Ben if this works? And you know, someone told me, you know, Christ its courage is not the absence of fear, is moving ahead, and by this fear it's when you do something that you're scared to fear. And I thought that's that's to me what they right there. One...

...of the one of the quotes that I had like on my desk. I thro every day. It's I don't know if you small with his quote. He says I haven't failed, but I shown sent those ways that don't work. I feel like that that was kind of been my inspiration. You know, go for it. Yeah, definitely, I think. Yeah, for sure, and I just keep on seeing all this stuff. Will just on like social media, and it's like one guy always puts out like people are spending like five hundred dollars on shoes but won't spend five hundred to like start a business because they're like afraid or like or like you had a poll, like would you rather like drive home drunk or start a business and use five hundreds in like the pole, like results were dumb because it was like the drunk driving one was one got didn't get what was going on there, but that was that was just a ridiculous pole. But yeah, exactly. I think we forget. Yeah, you know, yeah, that's such a good well, stulous. We're all kind of wired that way, right, because, for sure, and one book that I love. I don't know if I'm pronouncing his name right. The next start with. Why I have you read that one. It's how great leaders inspire everyone to take back and he always he wrote about just finding your way and that's why you start. God, you doing this. Yeah, going back to that constantly. We all have it in us. That's the thing. Yeah, for sure. Yeah, actually, me and my friend do a video series called my why, and we do. Yeah, we do. We did mostly athlete so far and just asking them why they do what they do, like basically while they play the sport and what they do and stuff like that. Yeah, I'll...

...to send you awesome and you're ready for some fun questions? I think so. So, are you watching any shows or movies on Netflix right now? Actually, I don't really get to choose what I want to watch my kids. So you're watching. You watching some cool cartoons right now, the family series called Colderk. Yeah, that one. Yeah, yeah, you know, we'll start. Take. My kids love start. Take. Oh, yeah, those are some of the shows. You know, science field is always the hit our health. Yeah, classic, it's total classic. And obviously soccer. Yeah, okay, my only as a fell about sockers. I can never get away. Yeah, for sure. What about? This is a good one. What's your I know you have traveling so could you name your top five places that you love to visit? trive? Well, of course it's toby. I love staying as well. India, definitely. Okay, I love New Zealand. We were there a year and a half ago. We hyped a lot. Just let that place beautiful and I hate to say this, that I left he as well. Yeah, I love the tropics. The weather Gotcha. Yeah, core, I mean that's I think that's everybody loves warm weather over cold. Yeah, exactly. I don't like cold. Yeah, me neither. Well, I appreciate you coming on and I could tell listeners what your website is and where they can find you guys on social media, definitely, www dot cork yoga, CORC yogacom and...

...on Instagram, spacebook at Cork Yoga as well. All right, thank you. Appreciate you coming up. Thanks so much. A Great Day now you too,.

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