Yoga Stars Interview With: Adell Bridges

 

YOGA STARS is part of a feature campaign hosted by Vibrant Yogini where an experienced yoga teacher or enthusiast was interviewed about their beautiful journey learning yoga, as well as their newfound views as a yoga practitioner.

It was created to try and remove the gap between confident and expert yogi’s, and those who have just started to practice yoga or who are curious to learn more about it.

The truth is, and especially as an experienced yoga teacher myself, we never want you to feel intimidated or discouraged to start learning yoga.

Therefore, it is important to remember that each and every yoga teacher started fresh from the beginning as a newbie once upon a time.

So take a read of the interviews to learn how they share experience as a teacher and enthusiast! The main aim of this campaign is to motivate you to continue your journey no matter where you are on it.

Designed to inspire your yoga practice and encourage you to follow your dreams.

This week’s Yoga Stars feature is hosted by Adell Bridges! Check out her beautifully inspiring instagram feed: @adellbridges

“As a world travelling yoga teacher and health coach, yoga has literally changed my life for the better in every way, and so it’s my desire and passion to share this powerful practice with as many people as I can.” ~ Adell

Yoga Star: Adell Bridges aka @adellbridges

Where are you currently based?

Nowhere/ everywhere – I’m nomadic!

“I have no permanent base. In January 2017 I gave away all my things apart from what I could fit in my suitcase, and I began travelling full time. I may settle down somewhere eventually, but for now I love being a nomad!” ~ Adell

Where are you originally from?

Mississippi, USA

When did you start practicing yoga and why?

I began 3 years ago on the recommendation of a physiotherapist;

“My yoga journey began in March 2015.  I was 29 and a physical therapist recommended it to me to deal with issues in my body due to my gymnastics background.  My background as a gymnast definitely helps with my physical practice, and has helped with my overall strength and flexibility. But through yoga I feel stronger, fitter, and more balanced than I ever did before! Not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, socially, financially, spiritually — everything-ly!”

It took me a few months to take his advice and begin yoga, but it was because a friend recommended an app to me that she was enjoying.

“For me, like many people in the West, yoga began as solely a physical practice. But through listening to my body in asana practice, I developed an attention to the feelings in my body in other aspects of life. It was no longer just how I felt in a low lunge or a downward facing dog. I also began listening to how my body felt when I was angry, or stressed, or if I’d overindulged. I noticed for the first time differences in my mood if I’d responded to a traffic jam with frustration, or with a calm breath.

And this is how I learned that yoga is more than just a physical practice. It is a lifestyle. Meditation, breathing, and being the best person you can be to yourself and to others, is yoga.

I hope that in some way or another, every person can find the inner peace I have found through yoga. Not happiness, not constant positivity, because life doesn’t exist without sadness or shadow. But there is peace to be found, and I believe yoga is a powerful tool to find that peace.” ~ Adell

Then…

“My journey as an international travelling yoga teacher began with assisting Dylan Werner in Asia, so I had a great mentor to get me started! I went with him to Nicaragua, and then he left to continue his travels while I stayed for 2 months to teach there. While there I was able to figure out my next steps. – Adell

What got you hooked?

The app I was using allowed me to practice at home in my bedroom and I found the calmness and stillness that I felt afterwards addictive!

At the same time I discovered instagram and all the inspiring yogis on there.

I remember seeing Dylan Werner doing a peacock arm balance and thinking “that’s yoga? That’s cool! I want to do that!”

I think the combination of feeling this calmness and clarity from my own practice, and being inspired by others with everything else that could be done were what got me hooked.

What is your favourite asana and why?

Every day that would probably change.

My favourite asana is the one that gives me what I need at the time.

Sometimes it’s a handstand (okay…often!) but it may be a simple Janusirsasana on another day.

Where did you do your training/s and what courses have you completed?

I did my first 200hour teacher training in India with Trimurti Yoga.

“I personally trained at Trimurti School of Yoga in Dharamkot, India. I did their Multi-Style 200hr which was perfect for me because I wanted something that covered the basics of traditional and modern yoga. Their multi-style 200 hour covers Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and touches on Sivananda, Yin, and other styles depending on who the teachers are. They also cover anatomy, yoga history and philosophy, teaching methods, and alignments and assists.” ~ Adell

Since then I’ve trained in prenatal yoga, I’ve done Lesley Kaminoff’s yoga anatomy course, and I got to learn more about alignment and assists.

I am also training to be a Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which isn’t yoga exactly, but a lot of what’s covered is very aligned with the yogic lifestyle.

How has yoga impacted your life?

In every way.

Literally in every single way possible.

Yoga has taught me to understand myself.

And when you understand yourself—your body, your mind, your emotions, and who you are besides those things—it transforms the way you see everything.

I look at everything differently now: relationships, money, time, breathing, traffic jams, mirrors, hateful comments, love-filled comments….everything.

Which type of yoga do you teach/ specialize in?

Vinyasa.

“My personal practice is greatly inspired by my gymnastics background, so I love adding lots of inversions and arm balances! I mostly do Vinyasa yoga — a type of yoga that flows through sequences of postures and not holding any posture for longer than a few breaths. Vinyasa is a style that allows for practitioners and teachers to be creative, to have fun with their sequences, and flow in a way that best suits the class, the time, the mood. Therefore, this style appeals to me, although I do enjoy other styles as well!” ~ Adell

What do you love about this style of yoga?

I like to flow and to be creative!

I like how anything goes, and you can really explore how your body feels in many different planes of movement through transitions and what your body says to you in a posture that maybe isn’t a traditional asana but feels amazing.

If you could give only one piece of advice to others who are looking to start yoga what would it be?

Just keep showing up.

Just keep practising and enjoy each moment for where you are.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is just starting out as a teacher what would it be?

Go into each teaching opportunity knowing what your intention is; why are you teaching this class? Know your intention and stick to it.

What is one of your favorite mantras or affirmations that you don’t mind sharing?

I am love.

If you could have a secret power, what would in be?

Teleportation would be handy!

Connect with Adell online:

“My journey as an international travelling yoga teacher began with assisting Dylan Werner in Asia, so I had a great mentor to get me started! I went with him to Nicaragua, and then he left to continue his travels while I stayed for 2 months to teach there. While there I was able to figure out my next steps. – Adell

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Namaste!

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