Elisha Thompson lives a double life. An academic advisor for Arizona State University by day, she focuses on her passion for yoga by night. She’s also working on her master’s degree at ASU in her spare time.
Thompson has also recently published her first instructional yoga book, “Yoga for Kink,” which can be bought online. The book was her passion project, she says, and is full of local ties to the Tempe community. It features work from local artist Nadia Vanilla, photographer Randal T. Cox, and the models for all of the poses are locals. Thompson has lived in Arizona for the past 43 years.
While academic advice isn’t necessarily her passion in life, Thompson said she loves helping others find and pursue their passions, just like she’s doing with her pursuit of writing.
“I choose to write because it brings me joy and fulfills me,” said Thompson. “Life is short and I feel that it’s important to pursue the things that help make life enjoyable and filled with passion.”
Learn more about the book at www.yogaforkink.com.
Q & A:
Name: Elisha Thompson
Occupation: Author and academic advisor
What I like most about what I do: What I love most about writing is that you can dive into an area of interest, learn all that you can, and then share that information in a unique and interesting way. It allows me to be creative and use my storytelling skills.
If I had picked a different occupation it might have been: Writing
People who inspired me (and how): Lee Gutkind, the founder of Creative Nonfiction magazine and the “godfather” of the creative nonfiction genre. He broke the mold for nonfiction writing. Prior to him, most nonfiction writing wasn’t as entertaining and full of storytelling. He changed the way people view nonfiction writing. Additionally, he is an amazing teacher and spent over 40 years teaching the craft he mastered to others.
One thing I want my clients to know about me: I love what I do and strive to be the best version of myself each day.
My advice to today's youth: Don’t give up on the thing you’re passionate about and that brings you joy. Even if it’s hard, keep at it. Doing something that brings you joy will always be more fulfilling than great riches.
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