Teacher Spotlight – Bri

Name: Bri

Classes that you teach: Monday and Tuesday 6 am vinyasa 1 &2

How do you strike a balance between your personal practice and teaching? I try to practice 3-4 times per week to keep up my own practice and learn from my fellow teachers at the studio!

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on their yoga or barre journey? Try not to set expectations for yourself prior to each class or compare yourself to others around you. Each class can be different depending on the day. Allow yourself to modify poses, sometimes your alignment can be better with a modification rather than forcing your body into a pose.

What is your favorite yoga pose or barre move and why? Ragdoll- maybe not a classic yoga pose but it always feels good in the morning because my hamstrings and hips are always tight.

And what’s your least favorite yoga pose or barre move and why? Twisted half moon- so many muscles working in this pose I always find it challenging.

What’s your favorite yoga/barre quote or mantra? 

What made you want to teach yoga/barre? I loved the challenge of yoga both physically and mentally. After practice I always felt like I was able to give more to others because I had given myself this time.  I was amazed at the strength and flexibility I built after having kids and I wanted to learn more about yoga and it’s benefits and share it with others!

How would you describe your classes/teaching style? I like to teach an Ashtanga/vinyasa style class with a focus on the physical body and cues in alignment. I also like to emphasize mindfulness and breath control, linking the breath with each movement.

What is one piece of advice you always give your students? Let go of yesterday and tomorrow, try to stay in the present moment focusing on the steady breath. It can be a powerful tool to improve concentration and deepen or hold a pose.

What do you want students to take away from your classes? I hope that students feel more connected to their bodies and mindful of the present moment. I hope they feel strong, healthy and energized in the morning after class and feel proud of their practice and their yoga journey. 

How does yoga/barre connect with your life off the mat? I think that yoga has helped me stay mindful off the mat, helping me stay patient and understanding as a nurse, and reminding me to stay connected with my family 

What is your advice to beginners?

Be proud of your practice and for starting something new! Try not to compare yourself to others around you and focus on the accomplishments you have already made. We all have different bodies, some more flexible that others, so don’t be afraid to modify or use props. Sometimes the pose is not easier with a block or strap, just more accessible.

What do you like to do when you’re not at Pressed?

I love spending time with my husband and 2 kids! I also love biking, paddleboarding, gardening, and any home improvement project!