I had the opportunity to chat with Bri, one of our teachers at The Yoga Studio, and got to sit down and learn more about the impact yoga has had on her life.
How were you first introduced to yoga? I was introduced to yoga in 2009 because it was a free program at my university. I was a competitive cross country and track & field runner, and my coach wanted me to “stretch”. Who knew it was going to be so much more and eventually lead me to a really fulfilling career!
Why do you practice yoga? I practice yoga as a way to learn who I am and to meet other people. I love meeting new friends and yoga always seems like a place where I don’t need to wear a mask.
What is one tip you would give to a new practitioner of yoga? The biggest tip I’d give to a new student is breathe a lot, breathe deep, and care more about how the poses feel than what they look like. Close your eyes or do yoga in the dark at home to learn more about feeling over seeing. 😉
Anything else you would like to share? I love teaching because it allows me to guide others through what yoga means to me. Everyone has a unique perspective and it’s cool to find people we resonate with. I get to share all the bits that I’ve learned from my favorite teachers as well as things that are unique to me. The most satisfying thing though is helping people learn to listen to their inside so they don’t need a teacher anymore. They become the teacher. At the end of class we say “namaste”. The word is rich with meaning one meaning to me is acknowledgement that we see the inner teacher in each other.