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#ODDLight Teacher Feature: Brittany Kovler

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Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class. This month, we are featuring Brittany Kovler, our very own hooping goddess!

Name:
Brittany Nicole Kolver

Nick Name:
My parents call me Itty Bitty Britty.

Hometown:
Boca Raton, FL, A.K.A. God’s Waiting Room 😉 Ya know, where Jerry Seinfield’s parents live?

Favorite Place:
REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), I can’t leave that place without spending a butt load of money. Also, favorite place… somewhere out in nature preferably with waterfalls and mountains and wildlife and good friends there to experience it all with me. Also… Trader Joe’s… I love grocery shopping 🙂

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Favorite color:
Purple or Neon Pink

What’s your sign?
Aries. Fire, baby!

Most embarrassing moment?
Can’t remember… I’ve probably done lots of embarrassing things.. but I block them out! Or I don’t care that it’s embarrassing!

Most empowering moment?
When I enter an advanced pose that I’ve been working toward for a long time and finally that one day everything clicks. All my hard work has paid off and I feel empowered when I finally land the full expression of that pose I worked for. However, I know that a pose is never conquered. There’s always more to work on!

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I’m a trained classical singer.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I danced competitively for many years.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I was a punk rocker chick in high school 😉 I still am in my heart<3

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous.
The first time I went to Burning Man I went alone on a whim. I was going through a lot of weird stuff in my life and I needed an adventure to wake and shake me up. I needed to go find myself because I had totally lost myself in LA. I had no clue who I was anymore. Confused, sad, lonely, and just beaten down; I hopped in a car with a stranger headed towards the dusty desert with not much food or supplies. Scary shit. But someone had to do it. Burning Man changed my life. That first year was tough. I cried a lot and reconnected with myself. I met a lot of great people that opened my eyes to new things and ways of life. I decided to change my career path because of this wild temporary city in the dust in the middle of BFE. I decided that there were so many things that I wanted to change about myself and I knew it would be a long journey, but I was happy that I realized I needed to change. Four years later, I’m still changing, growing and learning and going back to Burning Man for my senior year… my fourth year! Each Burn since has been better and more fun and filled with beautiful friends. Each year so far has had a different personal “theme” and I don’t know what that “theme” is until the Burn is over. I just set my intentions at the beginning of the week and then stay open and receptive and figure it all out when I get home. The man burns in 39 days!

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Something that you love to tell.
There is no coincidences. Synchronicity happens for a reason and there’s absolutely a meaning behind it. It may be subtle, but it’s there.

When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found?
Probably romping around in nature somewhere…. usually camping somewhere nature­-y and magical.

How do you define yoga?
If I were to go by the book, yoga means; to yoke or the union of mind and body, the union of the sun and the moon. If I were to pull a meaning out of my own heart, yoga means; conscious awareness of mind and body, while we connect them together with moving and breathing in an intentional way ­­this is where the magic happens, when your eyes, ears, and heart are open.

Why do you teach?
There’s so many reasons why I teach yoga! I teach yoga because it makes my day better when I make someone else’s day better. I love to connect with people and experience human sensations together and be silly and make shapes with our bodies! I love to guide people through journeys on their mat and help them learn new things about themselves. I love to share the art of yoga with all different kinds of people and the best part about teaching yoga is that I get paid to do one of my favorite things….yoga! Also, I cannot work a 9-­5 desk job. I tried it once, but I just can’t sit still!

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What brought you to become an instructor?
It’s a pretty cliche LA story. I came out here to go to college for acting and music at USC…. Fight On! I was an actress in LA for a few years and decided it was not for me. I had been practicing yoga off and on since high school. I started practicing more when I moved to LA permanently because what else does an unemployed actress do in LA when they are aren’t in da clubs? (see above question “Share a story or anecdote with us…” and insert it here…) I was going through some life shit and had to decide on a career change. So, I did teacher training at the yoga studio I was attending just to pass the time while I figured out what it was I wanted to do as a career. I really had no intention on teaching, I just wanted to deepen my practice and enrich my yoga experience. However, when I was practicing teaching with my fellow trainees I had so much fun and I was really good at it! I had found my new career path!

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What is your favorite song to play in class?
This is such a loaded question because music is such an important part of my life. I go to so many music and art festivals and discover new music all the freaking time. I think I have a new favorite artist every week. I would say, this week, one of my favorite songs to play in class would be Dusted Compass by The Human Experience & Phutureprimitive. (and always any song by ODESZA!).

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What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
This question is also tough because it really depends on my mood and what I need that day. However, I always love Vashistasana B because it’s such a strong, beautiful, and regal pose. When I’m up for it, I love Pincha Mayurasana (sometimes scorpion variation).

Memorable yoga moment?
When I taught yoga at Burning Man on Tutu Tuesday! I made everyone do headstand and all their tutus were flipping upside down! So cute!

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
I love wearing my leopard yoga pants! I always feel so spicy & sexy when I wear em!

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
My favorite class to teach is this volunteer class at a PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) shelter in Santa Monica. This particular shelter houses homeless male veterans with drug addictions and disabilities. I love connecting with these guys! They always look forward to our classes and I do too! I believe teaching yoga to veterans and active duty military men and women is so important and extremely relevant.

What can we share in promoting you, your business, or your projects?
Follow me at @happylittlegoddess on Instagram. Check out #FlowWithinYourSacredSpace which is the hashtag for my Yoga.Hoop.Dance workshop that is happening on Sunday Aug 9th, 12:30­2:30pm at the Silverlake One Down Dog. My good friend Wild Flower and I will incorporate hoop dancing and yoga! Come out and play with us! We got the hula hoops (bring your own if ya got one) …Just bring your mat and an open, playful mind!

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Anything else?
Peace in. Peace out!

#ODDLight Teacher Feature: Alexis Novak

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Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class. This month, we are featuring Alexis Novak who is also our CommUNITY Outreach/Marketing Coordinator!

Name:
Alexis Girl Novak

Nick Name:
Lex to friends, Lulu to my family

Hometown:
Proudly- Denver, Colorado

Favorite Place:
Anywhere my family is

Favorite color:
Green

What’s your sign?
Leo baby!

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Most embarrassing moment?
Oh I have to pick just ONE? I would probably have to narrow it down to parallel parking in front of people on multiple occasions, and then second runner up is the fact that I just had to Google how to spell parallel.

Most empowering moment?
Taking a final LOUD exhale breath together with my first sold out class at One Down Dog. The connection of community, and the trust students have in me to guide them is pretty empowering!

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I fan girl over Drag Queens.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
Tacos are my hearts currency.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
Animal pics take up about 80% of my iphone photo library.

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.
I have SO many stories. I would say that something magical that has happened in my life is, I just had the opportunity to travel to Bali! Magical is the only way to describe that place. It was eye-opening and life changing and brought me a sense of appreciation I didn’t have before. Something funny? There are frogs in Bali that have ribbet’s that sound like human farts. In Munduk, there was one outside of my room- and I turned 12 years old again when I couldn’t stop laughing EVERY TIME they would ribbet. They ribbeted for hours. I felt insane, but couldn’t get control of myself.

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When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?
Somewhere outdoors is my hope. I love being outside. Hiking or camping is great if I can get away-but I am content just sitting in the Sun most days 🙂

How do you define yoga?
What a great question! I define yoga as a connection from yourself, to yourself. It’s a tool to build a sturdier bridge between mind, body, soul, and surroundings. The beautiful thing about yoga is it is whatever you need it to be on a daily basis. We all change constantly, and so does our practice! We are able to show up as raw and real as we are and it’s always enough. There aren’t very many avenues we have in life where we can be completely perfect for an extended period of time, and that’s all the yoga mat is.

Why do you teach?
Why do I teach? Because my fire can only continue to burn from being lit up by other’s fire. MY STUDENTS give me life on so many levels. Being a yoga teacher blends the perfect balance between creativity with my playlists, to the physicality and anatomy in my sequencing, and a sense of humor through connecting with all of my eclect students. I truly do wake up everyday ready to go to work happily. It’s the best!

Why do you teach? What brought you to become an instructor?
I became an instructor after falling in love with my mat. I saw what intense shifts I could create in my practice just from spending a short time flowing and breathing in class. I wanted to learn how to hold space for myself, and then hold space for others. I saw first hand how yoga could change people’s lives, and I wanted to help spread that where ever I went.

What is your favorite song to play in class?
Oh lord! I couldn’t pick just one. It really depends on the playlist. But I would say anything from the 90’s. I love all types of music from Paul Simon, to A Tribe Called Quest, to The Wutang Clan. Anything that is going to make you MOVE.

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What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
Sorry students, but plank. It’s SO POWERFUL! It is the most despised pose, but the concept of holding your own body weight up and how challenging it is really does something for me. All the muscles are involved. It’s an all or nothing pose, and I dig that.

Memorable yoga moment?
There is one specific moment I remember laying in savasana and reviewing my entire yoga journey. From beginning (2004) to present, and thinking of how every step of my life yoga has been available and positive for me. Knowing that my mat will always be there for me in good times and in bad is so comforting and empowering.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
Anything from Carbon38! They are a beautiful company and carry a ton of different yoga/fitness quality brands! Use code “ALEXISNOV50” to get $50 off $200! Whoop!

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
Lionhearted Kids non-profit in Cape Town, South Africa. A friend of mine, Lauren Pech founded Lionhearted Kids. Lionhearted Kids provides play, touch, and yoga therapy to children in the Red Cross Hospital and surrounding orphanges in South Africa. The children are our future, so I feel it is SO important to teach them coping mechanisms and tools to take care of themselves to build a positive and productive life.

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What can we share in promoting you, your business, or your projects?
I am currently running a #HotBodyChillMindChallenge which consists of participants (on social media) completing daily victories! Everyday I post a mantra, exercise, yoga pose, or goal revision for them! It has been SO MUCH FUN to watch people from all over the country participate and show up for themselves! I am also running a BODY BURST 2-day sculpt, circuit training, goal crushing workshop in the middle of July at One Down Dog. SIGN-UP and GET YOUR LIFE. All updates can be found at @AlexisGirlNovak on Instagram. Also, CABON38 digs… But see the above for the promo of that!

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Anything else?
“Listen to goo music, and let go of bad people!”

#ODDlight Teacher Feature: Arielle Miller

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Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class. This month, we are featuring our favorite girl with the purple hair, Arielle Miller!

Name:
Arielle Miller, soon-to-be Cohen!

Nick Name:
Ari but once married, call me AC. Kinda like AC Slater but better because I have purple hair.

Hometown:
Oceanside, NY

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Favorite Place:
I grew up going to sleep away camp and some of my fondest memories of my childhood reside nestled within the majestic beauty of the Berkshires. Sitting on by the lake in Copake, NY at dusk.

Favorite color:
Purple, duh?

What’s your sign?
Gemini

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I am a Buti certified instructor

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2010-2011. And by Teacher of the Year, I mean for my teaching English literature to the urban children in LAUSD ☺

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I have classical fine arts training and was [initially] a Fashion Design major

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?
When I’m not at ODD you can find me teaching America’s finest urban youth at Fairfax High School in West Hollywood. You can also find me teaching indoor cycling and working out. I LOVE working out and I am not just saying that. The harder, the sweatier, the better! Aside from being a teacher to children, or a fitness instructor, one of my absolute favorite ways to spend quite moments is at home writing for my blog www.thegirlwithpurplehair.com.

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How do you define yoga?
I define yoga as an outward expression of inward reflection. Yoga is movement and movement is life. To me, yoga nourishes ones soul in any capacity in which someone is searching. Whether someone is looking for a kick-ass workout or to obtain some clarity; yoga is always there to build you up or in some cases, break you down so you can take a hard, honest look at oneself and grow.

Why do you teach? What brought you to become an instructor?
I teach yoga to heal and empower others. I teach yoga to share its gifts, joys, and empower others to look inward without fear. I teach yoga because I believe this sacred kind of magic needs to be treated with care and deserves to be upheld in the most noble of ways. I teach because without yoga, I do not know where I would be today.

Yoga found me and saved me from myself. I was depressed, very, very, very depressed and I was angry. I blamed the world for slighting me and being out to get me. I was urged to take yoga classes by my doctor and I fought it. I refused to go under the misguided perception that I’d be sitting on a dirty floor, chanting shit that meant nothing to me, and that just didn’t resonate with me. I am very Type A, always moving and I thought yoga was going to be hell on earth so NO THANK YOU.

And then one day, I just went to yoga. As simple as that, I went to yoga.

I woke up and said, “Today, I am going to try yoga.” From the minute I walked into the studio, I relished the ritual of taking off my shoes, carefully unrolling my mat, and how the yoga made me feel. There was this instantaneous deep connection with my feminism and beauty. This outward expression of moving my body made me feel strong, celebrated, and above all beautiful. Yoga made me feel like I was the only person in the room and that I was of boundless strength. As my practice started to evolve, the initial attraction of yoga’s athleticism progressed into something so much larger than myself filled with trainings, Sanskrit, and even chanting. My body yearned [and still does] for this ancient traditional practice and I was hooked. In darkness, yoga showed me the light but more importantly yoga built me up to find the light—Yoga showed me that I was the light.

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So why did I become an instructor?
I wanted to show people that by being nothing other than real and authentic you are capable of anything. I wanted to show people that while we all walk in darkness there is always light. It is my hope that through arming people with the confidence to find themselves on their mat that an ember may burn within to help them shine bright beyond the yoga room.

What is your favorite song to play in class?
I go through so many phases of favorite songs that I get hooked on and obsessed with putting them on every playlist, for every class for weeks on end. That said I typically align myself with a savasana song and stick to it for a couple of weeks, sometimes even months. Though many savor the stillness and silence of savasana, I prefer to play a meaningful and intentionally selected song.

My students know that when they hear our ‘savasana song’ that final rest and release is upon us. Since we are all familiar with our final song, it signals a total letting go and the permission to really do so. Right now, I have been super inspired by Daniela Andrande’s cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. It is familiar but more than that, this acoustic version is introspective and haunting, giving us the freedom to gaze inward without judgment while surrendering.

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What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
It’s so hard to pick an absolute favorite pose or sequence, but what I can say is that there are poses that I re-fall in love with over and over again. Poses that I forgot about or shied away from until one day in class, an instructor guides me through a flow or pose. I would have to say that Happy Baby is a pose that I cue in virtually every class for the simple fact that it just feel so good. For me as both an instructor and student, yoga is about challenging myself but also about digging into my physical-self and feeling sooooooo gooooooooooooddddd.

As far as discovering a pose I have forgotten or abandoned, after shying away from Upward Facing Floor Bow due to lumbar spine narrowing (aka arthritis in my L4 and L5); an instructor and friend prepped the class for it…without hesitation after years of just chilling with my knees bent I decided that I was going to reclaim this pose and I did. It has been weeks since my initial victory in this pose and I have re-introduced it into my classes to share the joys it has recently brought to my life. And for me folks, that is the essence and splendor of yoga: Just when you least expect it, or don’t think you need or want something—yoga knows what you need.

 

IMG_9611Memorable yoga moment?
One of my most memorable yoga moments was relatively early into my teaching career when I was smack in the middle of a flow in a packed class and I litearally couldn’t remember what pose came next. I drew a complete blank and couldn’t remember the flow at all! Horrified, I racked my brain for what came next as yogis are just chilling and I had ZERO clue what we had done on the other side! I was terrified and remember vividly the heat washing into my face when I finally said to the class, “So, I’ve got to be honest here guys…this has never happened to me but I completely forgot the flow!” Everyone in class laughed and together we just started again and smiled because to be human means to be imperfect.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
The Manduka CORK block.

I love it’s stability, texture, and density. The block is firm and keeps me grounded, supported and elevated at the same time. The texture of the cork feelingly connects me to my sense of touch. But what’s also so great about these blocks is that in the Sweat class I love that these blocks provide that little extra edge of resistance and serve as almost a weight, really taking our practice to a whole new deliciously sweaty level!

What can we share in promoting you, your business, or your projects?

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Insta: arielle_miller
Twitter: purplehairedgrl
FB: Arielle Miller and Fitness with Arielle
www.thegirlwithpurplehair.com (MY BLOG!!!!!)
Hashtags: #FitnesswithAC #thepaleoyogi #thegirlwithpurplehair #FitnesswithArielle

Anything else?
Stay tuned for some big shit I am going to be launching this summer, so subscribe to my blog, follow me on facebook and insta!

#ODDlight Teacher Feature: Brianna Welke Turpin

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Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class. May’s teacher feature is Brianna Welke Turpin – she’s been our mudra momma all month long and now we have a little more to share with you about this sweet soul.

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Name:
Brianna Welke Turpin

Nickname:
Bri

Hometown:
Issaquah, Washington (20 minutes outside of Seattle)

Favorite Place:
Malibu, Santa Barbara, secret beaches, hidden hot springs & the woods

Favorite color:
White (the color that includes ALL colors!), gold, and purple

What’s your sign?
Gemini

How do you define yoga?
Union & One-ness. The bringing together of things that have been separate. Body, awareness, breathe, life, presence! And the remembrance that we aren’t separate at all.

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Fun Facts most wouldn’t know about you?

  • I have dual citizenship since my mother was born in Montreal
  • I swam competitively for 10 years
  • Our adoption of our pitbull was filmed for the show “Pitbulls & Parolees” Somewhere you can watch us meet Phillip when he was the size of a burrito.

Most embarrassing moment?
One time, back before stand up paddle board yoga was a thing- I was on a stand up paddleboard doing yoga…. Unusual for sure at the time. I was in a quiet little bay, on the bay there is a rotary club tucked away that had a wedding going on in the garden, on the second story there was an outdoor bar. As I was down dogging, quietly and joyfully, a completely inebriated gentleman began yelling obscene comments at me, the wedding ceremony all looked out at me, I was so embarrassed – the worst thing was – THERE WAS NO WHERE TO HIDE! I just sat down on my board and tried to paddle away.

Most empowering moment?
Any moment when I stand up for myself

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.
Recently in Yoni‘s class I had a pretty cosmic savasana in which I observed two energies of the universe: expansion & contraction. Think: universe is always expanding (it actually is) and that parts are contracting like black holes. It reminded me that we are, too, cosmic energy and we have a choice to make- will we choose to always be expanding out hearts and consciousness? Or will we choose to contract and collapse inward? I choose expansion.

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
When I graduated college I wanted to join the peacecorp in the medical extension so as my  “demonstrated interest” I did my EMT (Emergency Medicine Training) . I eventually decided the peacecorp was not for me, but you would be AMAZED at how often this training comes in handy.

Why do you teach?
I teach because I want to share this amazing practice that has changed my life! Teaching is a practice for me too. It’s a practice of being open, expressing myself creatively and honestly. And most important a practice of being present.

What brought you to become an instructor?
I wanted to understand what yoga was more deeply. I have a very strong curiosity about things and I knew attending yoga class and reading about yoga was just the tip of the iceberg! When I started teacher training I could barely speak in front of people, I couldn’t even speak up on conference calls we would have at work. Despite a lifetime of shyness, by the time I was done with my teacher training I just knew I had to share this with others. It really is an honor to share this wisdom.

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What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
The moment in flow when I am able to break out of what is familiar and truly find the divine flow within me. It’s super fun, give it a try! Move with breath and intention and make it up as you go. If you know me, you know I love to fly- these flows usually meander through arm balances and handstands.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
OM Essential Oil 🙂 also, at my bachelorette party and as part of the welcome gifts given by the hostess we were given handmade malas, it’s super special and unique to me. I love wearing bindis (those 3rd eye decorations) and crystal jewelry made by my friend’s company Sweet Evie.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I got married on November 8th in Sayulita, Mexico on a cliff overlooking the bay where I met my my husband 6 years ago. We honeymooned in Bali- it was the best month ever!

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What is your favorite song to play in class?
My most commented song ever is still the melodic song from the “Little Miss Sunshine” movie. I play music that I love and that I practice with at home, I think that shines through and creates an authentic experience. I choose music that is introspective at times and ultimately uplifting.

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?
Traveling, spending time with my family in Seattle, lounging with my husband on our couch or some far off place, snuggling my sweet dog, hanging out with girlfriends- laughing & talking. Drinking coffee, fresh juice, getting some awesome bodywork/acupuncture/massage. I LOVE relaxing,  a spa, outdoor pool, beach, river, lakeside- clearly any body of water will do!

Memorable yoga moment?
When I first started getting into yoga about 9 years ago I remember attending my regular yoga class and being SUPER disappointed that there was a sub teaching (you know that feeling), but then towards the end of class she taught Sage’s pose which I had never done or heard of and did it on the first try. It taught me that everyone has something to offer. That there are no mistakes about where we end up.


Follow Brianna
Instagram: @briyogi

facebook page: Brianna Welke Yoga

September Teacher in the ODDLight, Meet your guide: JESSICA ROSEN

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Meet Jessica Rosen!

Our Founder, Friend, and Favorite Dance Partner!

We sat down with Jessica Rosen, the amazing force that manifested One Down Dog! She took time to answer some questions about the studio, her personal life, and how the heck she MADE AWESOME HAPPEN!

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What’s your nickname? Jesi, lil J

Where is your hometown? Detroit! (ok fine, West Bloomfield, MI)

Where is your FAVORITE place on earth? ONE DOWN DOG!!! 2nd to that: Big Lake, anywhere in nature/by a fire or water

Favorite color? blue

What’s your sign gurl? scorpio

Do you have a memorable most embarrassing moment? I get embarrassed a lot, but I can’t think of a most embarrassing moment.

Okay, so how about your most empowering? Opening ODD!!

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What is a fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I do not believe in the word no.

Who is your beau? I married my high school sweet heart (but I really wouldn’t call him a sweetheart back then, he’s definitely gotten sweeter with age)

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yes we did pull this out of the archives!

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found? Hahaha when I’m not at the studio. You’re funny.  But for real, when I have free time I like to spend it with my man and puppy (friends and family too – ODDfam represent!) – either hiking or going to the beach or just hanging out at home watching a movie. 

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Why do you teach? Because yoga changed my world, and I love sharing things that help me with others. The look on peoples faces after a hot sweaty hard class makes my life complete! Yoga has brought so much awesome into my world and I want to share that awesome with others. I sometimes like to call myself an awesomeness promoter rather than a yoga teacher. Can that become a thing?

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What brought you to become an instructor? You want the long or short story? Short story, during my masters program I took Teacher Training. I did it never thinking I would ever teach – thought it would be helpful info to bring to my future career as a therapist. Teacher Training changed my life. There was a class that needed to be filled at the studio I was working at, the owner made me teach it. The rest is history.

 

What is your favorite song to play in class? Ooo that’s a hard one. I LOVE music! Sam Smith all day, every day. I also love hip hop –

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?  I love everything Beyond Yoga – best fits, fabrics and super amazing brand doing wonderful things in our yogi community.

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? (we will be promoting a non-profit on your behalf throughout the month with our #FLOWforACause) I hold Detroit dear to my heart so anything that benefits my city I am a huge fan of. I also hold LAMP community in DTLA close to my heart as they are helping to end homelessness and that is a cause I believe in!

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Anything else? If you want to know anything about me, JUST ASK! I am always open! Namaste~

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