One of the Babes: Hillary Oneslager
A UX designer. A yoga instructor. A creative.
You could address Hillary Oneslager as all three. This boss will be teaching a free yoga class at our wellness retreat this weekend! Get to know her in the Q&A below:
Q: What inspired you to start working in yoga? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?
A: I started practicing yoga in 2010 just before leaving for college. I have a long medical history that made exercise challenging; even though I looked healthy, I never felt strong or fit. I fell in love after just one class and always had it in the back of my mind that "someday" I'd be an instructor. During my last semester of college, a friend (a total babe) asked if I wanted to do a teacher training program with her. I am so infinitely grateful that I said yes! I can't imagine what my life would be like without teaching yoga. I love being able to encourage people to find their strength. New students are always surprised by what is hard and what is easy, and everyone is different. The human body is pretty amazing, and I love being able to help people connect with all the amazing things it can do.
As far as role models, I feel like I learn something new in every class I take or teach. All of my colleagues at the studio have great things to share, and all of my students inspire and challenge me to try new things. It's an awesome, circular, never-ending cycle.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?
A: First off, make like Nike and just do it. It's really easy to get bogged down in the details of pursuing a passion or launching a side hustle. Getting started is one of the hardest parts. Second, remember that great things take time. Beyoncé wasn't made in a day, so enjoy the process and just keep plugging along. The beauty of a passion is that it should never feel like work. It can get hard, but in a good way. Just keep going!
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity (possibly a time when a burst of creative energy produced something you could have never expected, etc.)?
A: I get really excited when I think up new sequences or transitions for a yoga class. I can't say I've had a favorite moment, but I often find myself in completely random situations and scrambling to write down ideas or awkwardly try out a possible idea for class. It's true; you really do have your best ideas at the most inopportune moments but I guess that's the beauty of it.
Q: What have been the most challenging moments in your career, thus far?
A: I think, no matter the field, it's always really tempting to measure yourself against someone else. In yoga, that means watching as other people nail a tricky posture while you struggle to even get halfway there. In my day job, it means watching friends climb ladders or win new jobs or get new titles. I always have to check in with myself and ask why I feel like it's such a competition...and the big secret is that isn't! Just because I can't hold a handstand doesn't make me any less of a yogi. Just because someone has a fancy new job doesn't mean that I'm not excelling in my current role. Instead I try to find reasons to be grateful for where I am and congratulate them (sometimes just mentally). A rising tide lifts all boats, so the more joy, gratitude and congratulatory vibes I put out, the more I'll get back.
Q: What's your day job?
A: I work as a UX Designer for Razorfish. I feel so fortunate to have two jobs that I love. I think it's really important to have interests and a life outside the office...but I love my office job, too.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: I often run—literally—to clear my head or I'll sweat it out on my mat. I'm also a huge believer in a good night's sleep. Sometimes you really just need to curl up and wake up to a new day.
Your favorite band: Oh man, what a hard question. I'm always combing through Spotify for zen Yoga beats and bumping Sculpt and running tunes. I'm currently in to any and all remixes by RAC. I just discovered a lot of them and they work all across my different playlists.
Your favorite book: I absolutely LOVED "Thrive" by Arianna Huffington. Highly recommend it to any working woman!
Your local Austin gem: I'm obsessed with Kombucha. Kosmic is my favorite, though I also love the salty tangerine from Buddha Brew.
Your social media handles: