SIREN Stories on La Sirena – showcasing the personal side of professional women and SIREN Women’s Cooperative members that live, work and play on Aquidneck Island located in alluring Newport County. Get to know Siren Member Lynda West’s Siren Story on La Sirena through the signature SIREN questions about her and her company,  The Nest at Tenth Gate Yoga
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Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles.

I’m Christon and joining us today is Lynda West from The Nest.

Tell us a little bit about your business and

you’re a member of the SIREN Women’s Coop

How long have you been a member?

Just, maybe since December yeah December.

Fairly new, but it’s very exciting. It gets me out, gets me social.

I’ve met some really wonderful women. Happy to be apart of it.

How can the women of the Women’s Cooperative enjoy what you do?

The Nest is a center for babies on up to teens

concentrating on yoga and mindfulness.

It is like a youth program.

Yes, we have a center in Portsmouth , a beautiful studio there.

We also like to do some community outreach go to schools and

do some yoga and mindfulness there and just make ourselves a little bit more mobile.

Yeah from babies on up to teens and tweens everything in between. We’ve got

classes where parents can participate with the child or you can drop your

child off and go take a yoga class yourself at Tenth Gate and it’s really

just about making sure that the whole child is looked after so not just the

physical part of yoga but also the emotional and the mindfulness and

teaching them how to breathe at a young age, which I wish I would have learned.

De-stress, Yes, was definitely

self-regulation self-soothing, getting them getting them used to doing

that at a young age so that when they’re my age it’s just natural and it comes naturally.

Wouldn’t that be nice, because we have to tell ourselves every day every,

every second, breathe a little bit more.

Obviously Yoga is your passion. Are there are other things, activities or

things that you do that you get lost in?

I don’t have a lot of time for getting lost in things.

But my go to, are crossword puzzles.

It comes from my Grandma and Grandpa. I remember them sitting in their chairs

in the evening. They don’t watch a lot of TV and they were just crossworders, crossworders.

It’s just something I go to, it’s relaxing for me.

I hadn’t thought about that, just takes your mind off things.

Yeah, it does. Yeah, no TV, no phone, no nothing.

and I can just crossword anywhere, it’s very relaxing.

Are you from Aquidneck Island?

No no I was born in the Bronx

but moved to Fort Lauderdale when I was 2. I grew up in Fort Lauderdale.

What brought you to a Aquidneck island,

Whats your favorite thing?

A man ! I followed him

That is a story of many.

My husband grew up here he grew up in Portsmouth

We moved almost 20 years ago.

I’ve been here a long time. Raised the family here.

How many children do you have?

I have four. They’re older, college, high school and middle school.

What are the things that keep you motivated every day or

something a trivial thing that happened in your past that maybe changed your life?

I don’t know when this happened exactly but I remember realizing what I

wanted to do and that changed everything.

It was very empowering and it just sort of changed my outlook on everything.

It changed the way that I was raising my daughter’s and it

changed the way I made business decisions, so that was extremely

empowering. Just really, this is what I want to do, this is what I love, let’s do it.

And let’s do it !

Did any three women in the world have an impact?

It’s so hard to pick three! I have to give a shout out and this is

and this is gonna be like 300 women

to women who are doing what they love

That’s you!

and being creative and

and saying, you know what

this might work for a little while, it might not work at all,

it might be a great success, but I know that this is what I’m good at

and where my service to others lies and I’m just gonna go for it.

Like you ! Right ?

so here we are!

You have a talent and you want to share it

and that to me is… those are my women.

well I’m glad to be grouped in there.

If you were gonna go back ten years and tell yourself something

that would help change your life today.

Let’s see, so… 42 year old me, I would probably tell her

just get over the fear.

You know when you’re 42, you’re sort of running from it,

We don’t want to be uncomfortable, I don’t want be uncomfortable.

I don’t want to be afraid.

Fear of failure.

Yeah, so now, it’s just like,

I really don’t care. It might fail, it might not, it might be a great success,

Just to don’t worry about the fear.

It’s all part of it

and usually if it’s scary, it’s something really good to go after.

That is a great point,

Thank you for making that and

Thank you for joining us today on La Serena

Yeah, thank you !

and you can contact the SIREN’s Women’s Cooperative and

You can find your contact information there.

Perfect, well thank you.

Thank you

and we look forward to seeing you on

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