One of the Babes: ZuZu Perkal

Photo via ZuZu Perkal 

Photo via ZuZu Perkal 

On the blog today, learn about badass independent artist and yoga babe Zuzu Perkal. On top of teaching and practicing yoga, Zuzu works on team sprATX, a collective of over 20 established artists in Austin, Texas.

Q: What inspired you to start working in your industry? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?

A: I started practicing yoga about seven years ago. Ever since my first class, I knew that yoga would be a major part of my life. I've now been teaching for almost two years. My teachers, Gioconda Parker and Erin Dudley are my mentors. I'm continually inspired by the Austin yoga community and fellow teachers. 

Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?

A: Do what you love and don't ever stop dreaming big. 

Photo via ZuZu Perkal 

Photo via ZuZu Perkal 

Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?

A: Every single class I teach and every painting that I work on has bursts of creativity and freedom embedded in the experience. 

Photo via ZuZu Perkal 

Photo via ZuZu Perkal 

Q: What have been your most challenging moments in your career, thus far?

A: Surviving financially as an independent artist and yoga instructor. It's a continuous grind and hustle, but I love every minute of it. The challenges make it all worth it in the end. 

Q: What's your day job (if this business isn't your day job)?

A: No day job. Can't do the 9-to-5 lifestyle. I work with the local street artist collective and gallery, SprATX, teach yoga at City Surf Fitness, and paint murals and commission pieces on the side. 

Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?

A: When I'm having a rough time, yoga is always the best way for me to decompress and find my happy place. 

Your favorite band at the moment: Twenty One Pilots 

Your favorite book at the moment: "Fierce Medicine" by Ana Forrest

Your local Austin gem : SprATX !!!! 

Your social media handles: Find Zuzu on Facebook and Instagram.