So, we wanted to get to know some of the instructors who lead NC Yoga Bar's classes throughout the Queen City! You'll see a few posts about the faces of NCYB over the coming weeks, and we'll kick it off today with a bit about instructor Brittany Carleton.
Occupation: Graphic designer & yoga instructor
Neighborhood in Charlotte: Ashley Park
How long have you been a yoga instructor? 9 months!
Which yoga classes do you teach? Vinyasa yoga is the style I was trained in, so I teach both hot vinyasa (at studios) and regular vinyasa (at the breweries)
What made you start doing yoga? I grew up dancing since I was 5 years old, ballet, jazz, and tap. So when i graduated college and was no longer a part of a dance teams or anything, I was looking for a new outlet to gain that same sense of flexibility and athleticism that I've known my whole life and yoga completely filled that void.
What's your favorite part of teaching brewery yoga? I love how laid back it is! Everyone that comes to the classes are just there to have fun, nobody takes themselves too seriously and are always willing to laugh with you and enjoy themselves. To me, being able to enjoy yourself is the best part of yoga.
What has been the most challenging part of teaching yoga for you? Getting comfortable in front of a room full of people expectantly staring you. As important as calling out poses and cues is to a yoga class, the silence from the teacher is equally as important, and that can be a very awkward thing to overcome - being comfortable being silent while leading a class.
What’s one thing you would want to tell somebody who was considering attending a brewery yoga class? Just do it!!! I can't tell you the amount of times someone has told me that they are terrible at yoga and could never go out in public and take a class. But that's EXACTLY why you should go to a brewery class. Everyone in class is just there to have fun, heck, some of the time people are even drinking beer while doing it. If you want a laid back, no pressure way to ease yourself into yoga classes, brewery yoga is totally the way to go. And I love that Charlotte has so many options for people to experience that.
What do you want people to know about your yoga studio? I recently started teaching at STAX Crossfit - they have a gorgeous new yoga studio attached to the crossfit gym. It's a beautiful space, both heated and not heated studios, and we have some pretty awesome teachers over there. They're pricing for yoga classes is also the most inexpensive I have seen in Charlotte - so everyone should come check it out!
What’s your favorite beer in Charlotte? I'm currently obsessed with OMB's Frost Warning. Which is actually unfortunate because it's their winter seasonal and going away soon. I need to stock up now while I can get it!
Want to learn more about NC Yoga Bar and the instructors that make it possible? Check out their website now!