Teacher Feature ~ Bryttney Miller

Join Bryttney every Monday at 5:45 AM for Sunrise Hot Flow, and check out her BUTI Yoga class under events/workshops.

 

When were you first introduced to yoga, and what got you hooked? I was first introduced to yoga 5 years ago. I went to a restorative class and couldn't believe how hard it was and how great it felt after! I've been practicing ever since. 

 

What made you decide to become a yoga instructor? It was actually really spur of the moment. I was a babysitter at a studio that was offering a teacher training and I decided to just go for it. Since then I've expanded my certifications and fallen deeper in love with yoga. 

 

What's your favorite pose? Warrior 2! It's very empowering.

 

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio? What does your personal practice look like these days? I try to be outside as much as I can. I spend a good portion of most days inside, so it helps to go somewhere open to just breathe and feel more relaxed. My personal practice is 10 or so minutes scattered throughout the day when my little one allows me to pull out my mat. 

 

What advice do you have for the beginner yogi, other than only focus on yourself? Don't worry about looking cool. Don't worry about being flexible. Yoga is so much deeper than some pretty poses on Instagram. Respect where your body is and accept it. Love it. Then will it further. 

 

In your opinion, what's the biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor? People assume I'm this super health nut that can do all these crazy poses. 

 

One healthy food you swear by, and why? Avocados always! They are loaded with vitamins and are high in good fats. I just add some lime juice and a tiny bit of salt and will eat them all day. 


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Teacher Feature ~ Meet Courtney Sturm!

When were you first introduced to yoga, and what got you hooked?

-I was introduced to yoga in New York City in 2007. A few friends talked me into going to a donation based studio called yoga to the people. I wasn't expecting to like it, honestly I had no clue that it was anything more than stretching. I remember how transformed I felt physically after only one hour of moving and breathing, So I kept going back to simply get in shape. After a few classes the benefits started to manifest in my emotional and mental life and It got me through my toughest days. I quickly realized that it was a practice that I needed in my life.

 

What made you decide to become a yoga instructor?

- I had been bartending in New York and chasing my dreams of becoming an actress! I wasn't really taking care of myself like I should. I was definitely living it up in the big city in my 20's and I realized that I needed direction. I wanted to have a job that I loved and that I felt was rewarding. I wanted to help others feel good!  My best friend started teaching and I saw her personal growth and how happy teaching made her and it inspired me to take the leap.

 

What's your favorite pose?

-Arhda chandrasana (balancing half moon) I rarely teach a class without it! Its got all the goods! Opening, expansiveness, grounding, balance and its accessible.

 

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio? What does your personal practice look like these days?

- Well that's really where the yoga begins. I feel like my practice is a reflection of my daily self. Sometimes its all over the place and sometimes its grounded. I try to breath and remind myself of things i'm grateful for. Being in nature doesn't hurt, maybe with a glass of wine!  Since moving from NYC in December my personal practice has changed. I haven't had the opportunity to get into class as much, which means I've been practicing at home. Hello, self discipline!  My Practice has become less about the perfect body or perfect pose but rather letting go of the ego while practicing self love and patience from where I am today.

 

What advice do you have for the beginner yogi, other than only focus on yourself?

-Dont worry about the outcome!! Be present with your personal journey. Let go of any expectations. As long as you're breathing its enough.

 

In your opinion, what's the biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?

- In my opinion a lot of people think that yoga teachers are health nuts and live a really clean life. While that can be true its not always the case! I also think some underestimate how challenging it is to teach a yoga class and all work that goes into it! Between sequencing, cueing and holding space with confidence its not an easy gig.

 

One healthy food you swear by, and why?

 

- AVOCADO! I try and eat one a day. They are full of vitamins and leave you feeling satisfied and energized!


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Teacher Feature ~ Ginger Davidson

Ginger teaches Tuesday 4:30 Warm Flow and Tuesday 5:45 Meditative Flow at the Down Dog.

 

When were you first introduced to yoga, and what got you hooked?

I was first introduced to yoga at the tender age of 23, in Lawrence Kansas.  I hated it.   I had asthma as a child and couldn’t understand how to breathe properly.   I got hooked at 25 thru a YMCA yoga class.

What made you decide to become a yoga instructor?

I wanted to share the gift with others so they could transform their own lives and live with more peace.

What's your favorite pose?

Reclined bound angle is my favorite restorative pose—reminds me to ground to the Earth and keep my heart open.

How do you remain grounded outside of the yoga studio? 

Outside the studio nature grounds me.   If I am anxious a few minutes outside can make all the difference.  

What does your personal practice look like these days?

My personal practice these days is a little like my current season of life, up and down.    I do maintain a consistent meditation practice if I am unable to get asana in that day.   It’s a simple 5-10 minutes before I move from my bed each morning.  

What advice do you have for beginner yogi's, other than only focus on yourself?

I would tell beginners to not rush to the process.   Trust your breath to do the work and build a good solid foundation just as you would a house, and that doesn’t happen in a short amount of time.  We as a world are so rushed and Yoga and its work helps us to remember that it takes time to build something that will last.

In your opinion, what's the biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?

The biggest misconception is that there is a certain Type of person that teaches yoga. 

One healthy food you swear by and why?

Apples.   They are full of fiber and help your sweet tooth.  (also good in a pinch if you are tired


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Teacher Feature ~ Beth Day

Beth teaches Lamaze Prenatal Yoga as well as Hot Flow.

Favorite pose and why:

Headstand.  I love inversions in general, but headstand helps me feel so grounded and centered and at the same time childlike and playful.

First introduced to yoga:
When I was in high school, (20 years ago) my mom bought 3 VHS videos - Power Yoga 1, 2, and 3 by Bryan Kest.  I practiced in my living room and learned those videos by heart.  Sometimes I find myself using phrases or cues from the videos when I teach today.

10 words or less on why I love yoga:
Yoga is a powerful way to access my higher self.

How does my practice make me stronger:
The focus on the breath - constant and calm even in the midst of challenge or difficulty has impacted every area of my life.  When I find myself in one of life’s many difficult moments, I always know I can get through it with the breath.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio:
I ground myself when I hold my children and breath deep. 

Advice to beginner yogi:
Just. Show. Up.  Keep coming and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in a week, a month, a year, 5 years.  Just keep coming.

Mantra or intention:
I can do hard things.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor:

Yoga instructors never fall. 

One healthy food I swear by and why:

Dark leafy greens - kale, spinach, Swiss chard.  They make you feel alive!

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Teacher Feature ~ Heidi Kaurin-Smith

Heidi teaches Begin every Wednesday night at 7 pm.

Favorite pose and why?
Child's pose with a block under the heart.  It immediately reduces stress as an act of surrender.

First introduced to yoga?
After the birth of my twins, yoga helped strengthen my abs and low back, helping me recover from pregnancy and carrying around two growing babies.

10 words or less on why you love yoga?
It creates a strong connection between mind and body.

How does your practice make you stronger?
Through asana my body teaches my mind what is going on in the background of my thinking life.  I can digest my issues while strengthening muscles.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?
Morning quiet time - first thing out of bed.

Advice to beginner yogi?
Everyday! Small commitments over time can show big shifts.

Mantra or intention?
Don't move the way fear makes you move.  Move the way love makes you move.  Move the way joy makes you move.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?
The have it all together or figured out.

One healthy food you swear by and why?
Eggs - great source of protein

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Teacher Feature ~ Jim Hey

Jim teaches Warm Slow Flow every Saturday at 10:15. 

Favorite pose?


Half pigeon.  It's an amazing pose to let go and relax.  If you hold the pose long enough, your entire body and mind releases.

First introduced to yoga?

On a whim, I dropped into a class at a local gym.  After the first clas, I went up and hugged the teacher.

10 words or less on why you love yoga.

The feeling I have after a practice.

How does your practice make you stronger?

My practice has taught me how to relax my mind and focus, reducing stress and making me stronger.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?

I work at reducing external stress as much as possible.  The biggest change I've made towards this is to avoid violence in movies and TV.  I seldom watch the news.

Any advice to the beginner yogi?

Listen to your body.  Do what feels right and don't give up.

Favorite mantra or intention?

I am good.  I am peaceful and at ease.  I am happy.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?

That I am calm and in control.  Both take continuous work.

Name one healthy food that you swear by:

Avocados.  I love the way they taste.

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