TEACHER SPOTLIGHT - Brittany roy

BRITTANY ROY
"I encourage people to step out of their comfort zones and try something new while also remembering how important it is to listen to your body and never push yourself beyond what's healthy."

Our teachers are what keep the energy flowing in our studio (and out in the elements) and we would love for you to meet all of them! Each month we will feature a different teacher and give our students, those who keep the energy alive, the opportunity to experience each teacher by offering a donation based class. This month, that class will be...

HOT DETOX FLOW
SATURDAYS 12:00PM

*The suggested donation is $10 (20% of the proceeds will be donated to Waves for Water). Find out more about Brittany in the interview below…

Do you have a favorite playlist that you are willing to feature?

I feel like I am always changing my playlists around but here is one I am currently using!

1. Light – Dr. Toast
2. Gold – Gabriel Rios
3. The Ghost Inside – Broken Bells
4. Hard to Find – Robot Koch
5. Speakeasy – Shipwrek
6. 1977 – Ana Tijoux
7. Crossing Beyond (Duke Mushroom Remix) – Desert Dwellers
8. Young Blood (Antennae Remix) – Lynx
9. Fineshrine – Purity Ring
10. Ride On/Right On – Phosphorescent
11. Draw the Stars – Andreya Triana
12. Ungodly Fruit – Wax Tailor
13. Underwater Love – Smoke City
14. Sleeping Children Are Still Flying – Blue Sky Black Death

Favorite yoga pose?

Ardha Chandrasana - so beautiful!

What is yoga to you/What brought you to yoga?

Like a lot of people who practice yoga, yoga helped me through a difficult period in my life and since then my life has changed drastically. Through yoga I have grown a deeper connection with myself… a more loving, accepting, and caring relationship. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t have periods of weakness but I have learned that I have the power to choose… choose how I want to feel, choose how I want to live, choose who I want to be. Granted… knowing I have these choices does not mean that these manifestations suddenly become easy but I have realized that I have more power over my life than I ever thought. Yoga to me is living life with as much awareness and skill as I can in order to become closer to my true Self and others.

Example of your yoga off the mat?

Us teachers like to joke that yoga doesn’t always change our behaviors but we certainly become more aware of them! But in all seriousness… when I start to notice my train of thought going towards a negative direction I really make a conscious effort to focus on the good. I think a good example a lot of us can relate to is driving! Haha… While it might be frustrating when that person cuts you off…you’re running late for work and the person ahead of you is going 10 miles an hour…(you get the point) it’s nice when you can (most of the time) take a step back and be grateful that you do have a car to drive. Gratitude.

Specific classes/style of teaching?

I teach the following: core flow, power vinyasa, warm detox flow and warm all levels vinyasa. I definitely love to practice and teach a more yang inspired practice. However, regardless of the class I ALWAYS give options and teach to ALL levels. I would never want anyone to be intimidated by the words “power” or “detox.” With my more power-based classes, I generally try to keep the energy pretty light-hearted and fun so the ego doesn’t rear it’s ugly head :) I also encourage people to step out of their comfort zones and try something new while also remembering how important it is to listen to your body and never push yourself beyond what's healthy.

If you could speak to only one type of animal (other than a human) what would it be?

Dogs! I have two cocker spaniels who I adore. I would love to be able to talk to them <3

Where would you go in a time machine?

The 1920s! I am in love with the fashion of that era… the music, the culture… seemed like it was a good time!

Scariest/Craziest thing you’ve ever done?

To a lot of people it might not seem that scary or crazy but for me, scuba diving was a bit intense! Breathing underwater felt very unnatural for me, which is a shame because I would have loved to experience more under the sea.

Where was your last vacation?

I went to Europe last year with my Mom, sister, aunt and cousin. It was AMAZING! We went to Paris, London and quite a few places in Ireland. Driving on the opposite side of the road was definitely an experience in Ireland… especially when the GPS is set to scenic/no tolls route (we did not realize this until the end of the trip!) It definitely made the drive memorable as we found ourselves climbing up hills that literally felt like they were 90 degrees… but the views were incredible!(when we weren’t closing our eyes)!

If you could learn to do something new, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to ballroom dance! I feel I’m in my most expressive state when I am moving my body. It would be so fun to do those dances on Dancing With the Stars!

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