I've always been a less is more kind of person, so I wouldn't say I was a minimalist but that is just the way I am. When I looked up the word minimalism, one definition I found was that it is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.
So, that may not really define it but I did find a website that explains it quite nicely.
This is what I feel yoga does also, so I think finding the yogic path was always something that was meant to happen. Mr. Iyengar has written that he wouldn't tell his students to stop drinking, smoking, over eating, etc., but following a yogic path those things just fell away and were no longer important.
I have always loved being a part of nature and doing things to try and protect nature.
The quote, "Living simply so others can simply live." is really what I strive for. Traveling as a teen really helped me to see this both in terms of how little I really needed to live and how fortunate I was to have the home and conditions I did have.