Yogi Q&A: Brianna

Tell us a bit about yourself

Oh, I'm always so bad at this. My name is Brianna and I'm 28 years old. I've been teaching yoga part time for just over a year. I have a full time job as a marketing coordinator. I've been married for 5 years and we have a fur baby. We literally treat our dog like a child, he's super spoiled.

What is your favourite yoga pose and why?

My favorite yoga pose would have to be Wild Thing. I don't really know what the allure of this pose is. It has just always had a soft spot in my heart and always makes me feel strong and graceful at the same time.

What are your best tips for creating a regular yoga practice from home?

My best tip for creating a regular at home practice would be to start small. Maybe all your practice for a week is 3 sun salutations and that's fine. For me, getting in the habit of just doing something every day was critical. It didn't matter if it was 5 minutes or 2 hours, just some time on my mat was all I needed.

What benefits do you experience from doing yoga and why do you think people should start?

I have personally experienced a lot of benefits from yoga. I have become more confident. I've learned to understand my body and my mind more, to be deeper connected with them. I've (for the most part) learned to listen rather than just react. Just in total, I have found a connection with something greater than myself that has helped me understand so much more than what I thought I understood before. Personally, I think a person's choice to start a yoga practice needs to be 100% their own. I'd never tell a stranger or friend that I think they should start yoga. That isn't to say I don't think each person could benefit from yoga. I just feel like they won't get what they need if they aren't genuinely interested. When friends or family members tell me they hurt or have this type of headache, my immediate response is to tell them a yoga pose that may help relieve it. For me, yoga starts out as a physical practice and that is where I try to start when I attempt to introduce the practice to anyone else. I hope that makes sense.

What made you fall in love with yoga?

I fell in love with yoga because of the strength. Again, yoga started out as purely physical for me. I started practicing 15-20 minutes a day just to stretch my body. I had ran a half marathon and my body hurt terribly. Touching my toes was impossible, I never dreamed that I'd be able to do half of the things that I can today. The more videos I watched online, the more interested I became. I started researching styles and poses and new online instructors. I was pretty much obsessed with all things yoga (my husband will verify this, lol).

After a few months of practicing three times a week I tried crow pose. I fell flat on my face but I had to try again. I tried every day for quite a while, maybe a month or so, and finally, I held it! I remember just being so shocked and proud and ecstatic. I wanted to feel that all the time. I bumped up how often I would practice and eventually worked up to a daily practice. I never even stepped foot into a studio until I had been practicing at home for over a year. And it was absolutely terrifying! but I loved it.

Once I joined the studio and began to meet people within the yoga community is truly when I began to feel a connection beyond the physical component of yoga. There was just so much love and joy within the community I had just walked in to and I just knew that I had made the right steps starting this practice. I've now been practicing yoga for almost 5 years and that fact is still true. Yoga is ingrained in my chemical makeup, and I am so, so happy I found this practice.

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