-Shannon Patterson will be selling Liquido Yoga Pants at this year’s Eagle YogaFest.

 

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Coco Chanel was once quoted as saying – “Every day is a fashion show, and the world is your

runway.” Somehow, in 2013 I woke up and realized that not only was my yoga practice in a rut, but

so was who I had always wanted to be. After more than a decade of strict dress codes in Corporate

America and barely finding time in my busy schedule for yoga; I realized my world and look needed

some shaking up. So, after some fastidious research I took a leap of faith and signed up my first 500

Hr. Yoga Teacher Training and booked the longest direct flight I have ever taken in my life to Cape

Town, South Africa. I arrived to the Southern Hemisphere with my suitcase full of yoga clothes ready to

welcome the change in culture and to enliven my spirit with some adventure and new yoga wisdom. I

carefully unpacked, stacking all of my yoga pants in one neat little pile and all of my shirts in another. I

awoke early the next day so I could be the first one there to get my preferred mat spot, journal – check,

pen – check, water bottle – check! What I was not prepared for, was that I was the ONLY one who had

on black yoga pants. As yogi after yogi came pouring into the studio, I found myself salivating like a dog

in Pavlov’s experiment over the colors: brick red, magenta, plum, deep sea blue, bright spring green,

vibrant white, brilliant yellow. Not to mention the PRINTS – oh my – the swirls, the peacock feathers,

the animals, the hard core skulls, the pretty florals, and on and on!

I arrived home from the trip newly engaged, enlivened about yoga, and much more confident in

my life and what I wanted to wear. The world it seemed, had finally become my run way! Now, don’t

get me wrong, I do still own and think that everyone should have at least one classy pair of good black

yoga pants. However, as I began to do my annual Spring Cleaning and sort through my closet; I counted

15 pairs of black Yoga pants that I had accumulated since I started practicing in 1999 and some I think

I took to the internet and ordered my first two pairs of Liquido Active pants ever and frantically

checked the PO Box for that always tardy pink slip. Finally, they had arrived! I LOVED them! I loved

the way they felt, the texture of the fabric, the vibrant colors, the fanatic prints; and the best part was

other people started to like them too. You see, I think fashion should be functional, first and foremost;

especially if you’re going to spend your hard earned cash on it but, I also think it’s something more

than that. It’s the ability for us to express our personalities courageously, to look different, to dress

boldly, to have fun, to put on different personas, to evoke emotions, and to be loved for who we are. In

retrospect, I see what Coco Chanel also meant when she said – “In order to be irreplaceable, one must

always be different.”