Stephanie Ellis HS 2

Maranda Pleasant: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

Stephanie Ellis: I still feel like I’m working out the details for myself. It’s something I am constantly questioning. What is it that’s really worth sharing or spreading? One thing I do know is that we are fortunate to be here and we’re here to try and better ourselves and to be good. For me, gratitude only brings positivity. As simplified as it sounds, I think that is key. Try and benefit others, animals, the whole of the earth, as much as you can. And in that space, challenge yourself to find what it is you can bring about through your life’s work.

MP: What’s your biggest passion or project right now?

SE: For some time now, I’ve been very connected to issues surrounding human trafficking. Young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking face an incredible climb as they try and exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. For some reason, their struggle to take ownership of their existence rings very powerfully to me. I’m actually developing a film about these young women and the people trying to help them. It centers on the challenges they face in making this transition.

MP: What is love to you?

SE: Love is when there is no denying “it”…that magical, elusive feeling that really seizes us and takes us from the inside. To me, it’s in the corners of my niece’s little smile, or when I see my mother is calling me from Australia, or when I hear my husband’s footsteps in our hallway. It’s in the mundane and in the epic.

MP: What are some issues or causes that you are passionate about?

SE: As previously mentioned, human trafficking, but I’m also very connected to the effects of extreme poverty in countries where children are left with few options other than begging, child labor, and prostitution. I am a big supporter of an organization in India called Ladli (loving girl), which is a vocational training program for abused, orphaned, and destitute children.

MP: What’s your health routine?

SE: I’ve been a vegetarian for a while now and I try to give my body plenty of what it craves. I’m not someone who obsesses about what they eat, but I do try to eat consciously and towards it being something that is super enjoyable. I love good food. For me, that means lots of green juice, salad, and good dark chocolate. I guess I also see meditation as part of healthy living. It definitely is important for me to find some mental stillness.

MP: How do you stay healthy and fit?

SE: A lot of it is striking a balance for me. Yoga is really big – I’m actually a certified teacher, although I’ve never taught classes at a studio. I really find myself drawn to more traditional styles. But for all the yoga I do (and I do plenty), I also love the time I spend jogging. It gets me in sync with myself. I tried SoulCycle recently, and that left me good and sore. But, with all that said, there’s something so sweet about being on your yoga mat, whether that be at Jivamukti, Dharma Mittra, or in my living room.

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