Xuan Lan is… Well, honestly, she doesn’t need an introduction. Because we’re sure lots of you already do yoga at home with, and thanks to, her. We’re totally hooked to her YouTube channel!

And many others of you may have seen her teaching yoga on “Operación Triunfo”, in one of the academy’s loveliest classes.

We’ve been following her for a long time because we really love her and when we created our Slow Fashion Capsule collection, it was clear that she was the one who had to give shape to the amazing yoga poses. And after meeting her in person, we have become totally hypnotised!

Xuan Lan inspires beauty and calm, lots of calm. And today we’d like to tell you a bit more about her.

What inspires you in life? Wanting to enjoy it.

When did you know you wanted to be a yoga teacher? I can easily adapt as long as it is clean, with natural light and good energy; yoga is a discipline you feel from the inside, the place isn’t so important.

What does this discipline mean to you? A passion, a job, a hobby, a journey and a life philosophy.

What is your favourite place on the planet? I have many, and each one is for a different reason. An island in the Philippines, a cliff in Greece, a beach on Formentera, a hotel on the Costa Brava, an alpine valley, a New York street, a castle on a Sri Lankan mountaintop, a centre for meditation and wellness the north of India...

And the best place to do yoga? I can easily adapt as long as it is clean, with natural light and good energy; yoga is a discipline you feel from the inside, the place isn’t so important.

Someone who is or has been iconic/a role model for you? Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist teacher and Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, both authors of numerous books on full consciousness, known as mindfulness.

Your favourite artist? JR, a French artist based in NYC who has created masterpieces by sticking printed photographs in special places (the favelas of Brazil and Cambodia, trains in Africa, a separation barrier in Palestine, on the ground of Times Square in NYC, etc.); they are ephemeral works with a lot of soul.

What are your wardrobe must-haves? A long, comfortable dress, jeans, a good grey or black wool and cashmere jumper and a black jumpsuit that can be dressed up or down depending on the shoes. I grew up in Paris where the women are always elegant, feminine and casual without wearing too much makeup or too many accessories. My personal touch to this look are trainers because I like to be comfortable.

A book, a song and a film.“Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hahn.
“Imagine” by John Lennon, a message of global peace that is still relevant over 40 years later.
“Untouchable”. It speaks against prejudice, racism... a message of optimism for those who love life.

And a TV series? The last one I saw was “Money Heist”. Fascinating!

Something in your bag you can’t live without? Yoga clothes, in case I have time to go to a class, my mobile because it’s my work tool and sun cream.

And in your fridge? Oat or rice milk because I love to drink coffee with milk at home; I make it with a stainless steel Italian coffee maker. I start the day in slow mode.

Are you more of a mountains or city type? Still a city type, but I know I will end up living near nature and it won’t be long before I make that change.

An eco-friendly tip for saving the planet? Reduce the use of single-use plastic, small bottles, non-essential packaging, bags in general...

A dream you’d like to come true. Going abroad to actively collaborate with an NGO in the long-term to work on sustainability and the plastic issue. It’s not a dream, but a desire I will fulfil. My life is already a dream, I prefer to enjoy it and live it to the fullest.

What are you going to do after this interview? I’m going to practice yoga ;)