Well, it’s interesting how the skull print came about. I started using skulls for YAS wear about 10 years ago, not long after I opened the Venice studio. At first people didn’t get it — a yoga studio with skulls? Skulls were my symbol when I raced as a triathlete. My bike had skulls on the handlebars; my running shirt had a skull print. I used the skulls to help me take it to the next level. When you show up to a race decked out in skulls, you better be a “badass!” And you might not know that I also have a skull tattooed on my back. So when I started the skull yoga line, I wanted to make it as badass as what I wore to compete. I was in my 40s when I started YAS, and I was doing something no one had done before by combining yoga and Spinning. I knew I was on to something when the editor of “Yoga Journal” ordered the skull V-back top. I caught the wave of skulls being popular — a lot of high-end designers like Alexander McQueen started using them. Who doesn’t have one of his skull scarfs? I really thought I would only be using the print for a few years, now I can’t get rid of the skulls. I tried to discontinue the skull print, but there was and “uproar.” Everyone at YAS loves them to this day. In fact, I have new skull leggings coming in, and when I tried them on in the lobby of YAS Venice, a bunch of students tried to buy them off my body. Very funny!
THE NO OM ZONE