Brianna De Spain, E-RYT® 500, RYT® 500, YACEP® | Lead Instructor
“Yoga is like ice cream. Everybody loves it, you just have to find your flavor.” Since age five, Brianna has nurtured a passion for healing, exercise, and nutrition. She met her need to heal first by becoming a certified medical massage therapist and a certified Yoga instructor. Since then, Bri has gone one to become a Board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner and has her Health Coaching Certification.
Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Health Sciences, decades of self-study, thousands of hours of certified training, specialized study in therapeutic-inspired Yoga, and palpatory therapy, Brianna founded Barefoot Studio in 2011. Soon after, in 2013, she created the Barefoot Studio Yoga School. The School offers both a 200- and 300-hour program. Believing that “joy isn’t real joy unless it is shared,” Brianna imparts her knowledge, sharing her philosophy of achieving physical freedom and quieting the mind through the self-empowering practice of Yoga. From Hatha to Yin, and Power Flow to Yoga Nidra practice, Brianna revels in the daily opportunity to guide students through the exploration of their capabilities and needs!
Anatomy and Physiology –
The backbone of the physical practice of yoga starts right here. How does your body move? What creates those moves? Allows the movement? What are the ways we can utilize our bodies to create precision, balance, fluidity, depth, and connection?
Asana/Pose breakdown, Props, Modification, and Adjustments –
In this portion, we will be looking at the full analysis of a pose and what that means for your body. In addition, you will receive adjustments in each pose so that you can feel what it means to indeed be in that posture. As we go through each pose, we will be looking at how to modify and adjust that pose to adapt it to an individual’s capabilities and the style class you may be teaching. Importantly, you will learn and practice multiple physical adjustments for each pose. During the breakdown, we also discuss verbiage to help you find your voice and how you feel most comfortable communicating.
Gentle, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa/Flow, Chair, and Wall work –
While breaking down poses, we go through how to adapt them into the various styles that are most common in standard classes. Not only is this important as a teacher, but also amazingly useful as a practitioner looking to deepen their practice. The more you understand your body, the more you will discover what it truly needs on any given day. With this knowledge, you can adjust and adapt any practice to suit YOUR needs on that day. As an instructor, it gives you a larger toolbag to pull from as you become more finely tuned at reading your students’ bodies.
Yoga Philosophy –
The main philosophy of yoga is simple, yet not simple at all: mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Not only with Brianna, but also with Melissa Hall-Cohn and Tanja Bungardt-Price, you will look at this philosophy from different vantage points. As a result, you will be able to correlate the what resonates with you to your practice and your teaching.
Here, we dive into the different variations of meditation commonly practiced. During this time, we will also practice these different varieties, searching for the ones you connect with best.
Practice Teaching –
The best way to learn is to do! We will take turns teaching each other to build our skill!