While modern medicine is a miracle, one of its shortcomings is a cultural consequence that I call “fix me.” We have become accustomed to the idea of having bad habits and then, when things start falling apart, we expect modern medicine to fix us with pills or surgery. Too often, these “fixes” are only short-term and can lead to other problems since everything in the body is connected.
As a part of our series about “How Anyone Can Build Habits For Optimal Wellness, Performance, & Focus”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sytera Field.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Sytera Field began practicing yoga in 1994 to recover from breaking both bones in her lower right leg in a rock-climbing accident. The first in her family to graduate from college, Sytera began teaching yoga in 2001 and went on to study Thai Yoga Massage. She launched SyteraYoga in 2018 with help from a Kickstarter campaign, and grew her business during the pandemic, opening a second studio in November 2020. Sytera is the founder of the Nadi Ball Method for myofascial release and produces her own line of yoga massage balls, called Nadi Balls.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?
I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and grew up with two younger brothers. My mother was a bus driver and my dad was a carpenter, and they both struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. We had a very modest and, at times, difficult upbringing.
In the environment I grew up in there was no talk of college or planning for the future. Most of the validation I received from my family was around my physical appearance. My mother enrolled me in pageants as a pre-teen. When I was 12 years old, I won Miss Pre-Teen Texas and then traveled to Disney World in…