Wise Women Wednesday: Libby Hoyle Ramsey

Libby Hoyle Ramsey Teaching class on the Grass

It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions.  These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.

A. Who are you? What is your background? 
Q. Libby Hoyle Ramsey, 37.  Born in Ann Arbor, MI; raised in Baltimore, MD.  I was a scholarship student athlete on the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Virginia.  When I graduated in 2011, pursued a 10 year career in sports marketing and merchandising working on the olympics, PGA Tour, and then the U.S. Open for 9 years.  Somewhere in there I became a Certified Baptiste Yoga instructor and married my husband, Rick, whose job led us to Greensboro and 3 kids. 

A. What is your work?
Q. I own Dancing Dogs Yoga Greensboro, we are Greensboro’s only Baptiste Power Yoga studio.  I run the business and manage our team of 18 teachers, and teach about 6 classes a week as well as workshops, trainings, and special events in the community.  I’m also a mom of 3 young yogis (Scott 8, Margot 5 1/2, Jenna 3 1/2) which is my 1st full-time job……I’m much better at being a mom because of my yoga practice!

Libby Hoyle Ramsey's class

A. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
Q. I love things that are dreams that become reality - whether that’s a relationship or a new way to serve the community or whatever!  Class On the Grass was an idea that came together last year over lunch with leaders from Downtown Greensboro, Natty Greene’s, and The Grasshoppers.  Last year we hosted the first Class On the Grass in the outfield and had 400 people on a day that was cold and blustery and rainy all day long….then the skies opened up to a gorgeous sunshiny North Carolina day just an hour before we began, and a dream and vision of sharing yoga somewhere awesome downtown for FREE became a reality!  It was a truly humbling and amazing experience for me as a teacher; my personal mantra is to be up to something big in the world and in my community - and this just felt so right in that respect!  We are looking forward to a bigger, better, even more connective and powerful Class On the Grass THIS SUNDAY!  Sunday April 30th 3-6pm in the outfield of Grasshoppers Stadium.  Gates open at 2:30pm, yoga starts at 3:30pm in the outfield on the grass, and will last about an hour.  Live music with Time Sawyer and beer for sale from Natty Greene’s after yoga! 

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. We are expanding our yoga studio to 1,000 more square feet next door to us in order to accommodate more heated power flow classes (90% of what we offer at DDY) AND we’re excited to bring Aerial Yoga to Greensboro as well as kids & family yoga programs!  When I feel and see an opportunity for growth I get both nervous and excited…its like an “oh no, here it comes again”.  its scary to keep pushing the envelope and sure would be easier to stay as-is….but that’s also no fun and doesn’t serve others in the biggest way possible!  My community of committed yogis is SO inspiring and certainly is the driver behind the growth of DDY.

Libby Hoyle Ramsey in a lunge

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Oh gosh - DO YOGA!  I didn’t even practice yoga until I was 27 years old…I can’t imagine what my life, athletic career, relationships, family, etc. would have been like had I started earlier and had all these tools of personal growth and presence to work with then. Not to mention the physical benefits of strength and functional flexibility that would have prevented a lot of injuries I think!

 Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. Be up to something big.  (or in other words - don’t play small!)

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Feeling like I’m doing this sort of work for others to live big, empowered lives keep me pushing on even with an insane family schedule, tough and exhausting days, and all the challenges of life hit hard!  I truly feel like the work I’m doing is bigger than me, AND that every time we, any of us, anywhere are together and practicing yoga - clearing out the junk in our heads and getting real - we are making the world outside of the yoga studio a better place to live! 

Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. I feel really strongly about showing our kids - especially our girls - what powerful women in action in their lives, homes, workplaces, and communities looks like.  I think its so important that women (whether they are moms or not!) GET that we are shaping the future by what we do, who we are, and what we practice in the world.  Who we are being for others and for ourselves MATTERS!

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. Wheel Pose because its so challenging AND opening, and I always feel courageous taking it on.  And Half Moon for its playfulness!

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. Constantly practicing presence and priorities.  I have some Life Rules that I wrote this year which have been an amazing way to remind myself of this ongoing practice.  They are taped to the inside of my medicine cabinet in my bathroom so every morning when I brush my teeth I can see them!  From “Eat green daily” to “Family First - no technology between 5:30-7:30pm” to “Speak up - be up to something big”, these really ground me!  My friend and fellow Baptiste teacher Lindsey Auman introduced me to the practice of Life Rules and its been really powerful for me!

Libby Hoyle Ramsey three legged dog