Student Spotlight – Brittany- Yoga Teacher Training Class of 2013

InnerLight Yoga School - Brittany
Brittany, 2013 Teacher Training Graduate
{Photo Credit: Julia Wade Photography}

Meet Brittany- One of InnerLight Yoga School’s Teacher Training Graduates – Class of 2013

Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your interests and inspirations off the Yoga mat.

A: I spend most of my time working as an automation engineer and I was looking for a little balance in my life. I started YTT because I love yoga and I enjoy teaching.

Q: Can you share something about yourself that many people may not know?
A: I am a karaoke addict.
Q: What was the biggest surprise about your YTT experience?
A: I came to YTT for a mental makeover, but was not sure what to really expect. I have been so pleasantly surprised how much it has actually improved how I feel. There is so much about this process that requires us as students to go inward and explore ourselves.  Susan gave us an assignment about “Finding your voice,” for which we had to answer questions and really take the time to think about these deep questions “ex: What is something that truly angers you?, When was the last time you cried?” This was a turning point for me. Being forced to really explore my feelings and having a structure to do it with was amazing.
Q: When did you start practicing Yoga and why?
A: About 10 years ago, I went to my first yoga class with my mom at the YMCA while I was in high school. We were just trying one new fitness class after doing aerobics, spin, kickboxing, etc. None of those classes fit me because I am NOT highly coordinated and I’d spend the class being frustrated because I could not follow the choreography and bike seats hurt. The yoga class was so much slower (which was good for me) and it was so challenging I was really surprised when sweat dripped off my eyelash in downdog – Ha!

 

Q: How has your perspective on Yoga changed since enrolling at InnerLight Yoga School?
A: I look at Yoga as so much more than a workout now. I still use it to stretch out my muscles and gain strength and tone, but there’s more to gain than being proficient at asana. I use it therapeutically for my tight muscles and when I feel things are strained or pinched. I use it mentally to relax and keep my mind in a positive place. And experiencing these truly wonderful feelings inspire me as a teacher to pass those feelings on to my students.
InnerLight Yoga SchoolQ: What’s your favorite pose and why?
A: I have so many favorite poses! I love headstand because it was the first goal I set for myself during my YTT that I achieved – practicing an inversion away from the wall. And pigeon. None of my practices are without pigeon (ironically this was also the first pose that made me laugh when I tried it because my body was soooo not ready for it).
Q: What is your funniest and/or proudest Yoga moment?
A: My proudest yoga moment was during one YTT weekend; I was teaching a short sequence to my fellow trainees. As I closed the class and the students opened their eyes, they couldn’t stop themselves from smiling because they were proud of me! Their support and genuine excitement for me was so special and it made me proud of myself too!
Couldn’t be more proud of this amazing Graduate!  Congratulations Brittany!

 

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