Tispr Stories: Temitope Sonuyi is Finding Balance in UX & Yoga
Every Friday we check in with a freelancer or small business person who is following their dreams and doing what they love. This week, we’ll hear from Temitope Sonuyi, a yogi and UX designer who proves daily that you’re not limited to one skillset.
Here’s what Temitope had to say about his background in UX design, why he does what he does, and how yoga has changed his life.
Who you are as a person, or what makes Temitope...Temitope?
I am only another spark of light, like everyone from the Infinite, struggling the overcome delusion. Hard to put a bead on it for me…
“Persistence is powerful."
In addition to being a yogi, you also do UX design. Tell me a little more about that.
Well I am a UX minded engineer, meaning I like to think widely about what I build and have the most interests in where the hands and mind of a user meets the work I produce.
Why do you do what you do?
I love creating and tinkering. Understanding how things work and tweaking knobs to make more things or alter them has always gone well with my psyche's interest.
How did you get into both yoga & UX design, which seem to be very different from each other?
My yoga intro came from a fateful unforeseen spiritual experience. I met a strange but familiar angel. We spoke and I was introduced to meditation, then pointed towards yoga. It was life changing as you can see. I went to school for Computer Science at MIT, and took an interest in Human-Computer Interaction (UX) and AI. I like to think about the experience of code from all facets and beyond the code itself because it is so impactful.
What type of yoga do you teach?
I’ve been teaching power yoga since 2012. I come from an American football weightlifting background with respect to physical prowess. I think that definitely influences my style of teaching, but it does not direct it, as yoga helped to balance out some of the habits picked up from the bigger/stronger/faster mentality of football from my era.
How long have you been practicing yoga and how has it changed your life?
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2008. It's practice has made me a better person. Without doubt. I am calmer, kinder and wiser now than before yoga. Not that people don’t improve often in those areas without yoga per se, but yoga certainly sped up my evolution so far.
How do you feel when you’re working, doing what you love?
In the zone. Time is gone.
“I am calmer, kinder and wiser now than before yoga. Not that people don’t improve often in those areas without yoga per se, but yoga certainly sped up my evolution so far.”
What’s it like being in your line of work?
Fantastically flexible most of the time. Coding is somewhat like magic, so we folk are wizards of sorts.
What have you learned from being a yogi & UX designer?
Persistence is powerful.
To learn more about Temitope and his yoga practice, follow @temitopeyoga on Instagram.