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Q&A: Lisa Samuel


Lisa Samuel, 46, West Chester
Owner and Yogini, PLAY: Peace Love Art Yoga,
West Chester

» Books on her nightstand: Claire Dederer’s Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses. It’s an interesting perspective on how yoga and life intersect. Another is Kay West’s How to Raise a Gentleman: A Civilized Guide to Helping Your Son Through His Uncivilized Childhood. I’m raising three boys, so this is a must-read. I also have The Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey, documenting the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands. I’m reading it to my 9-year-old son, and he’s fascinated.

» iPod song on repeat: Usher’s “More.” We play it during our “Teen Rhapsody” yoga classes.

» Restaurant of the hour: High Street Caffé in West Chester.

» Personal heroes: My niece, Dominique, who was born with a heart defect and scoliosis, and is now class president at her prep school.

» One thing she knows for sure: The days are long, but the years are short.

» Very own vici: Reinventing myself as the owner of a yoga art studio.

» Zen destination: Any beach, preferably on the Mediterranean.

» If she had an extra hour each day, she would: Read and meditate.

» Life view: chance or fate? Fate. Things happen for a reason; embrace it all.

» Pet peeve: People with negative energy.

» Most marked characteristic: My ability to create immediate, strong, genuine relationships with people.

» Qualities she admires most in others: Intelligence, wit, charm and generosity.

» Mantra: Pick yourself up and brush yourself off; it’s a brand-new day.

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