Baleaf International Yoga Day 2021
Baleaf International Yoga Day 2021

Yoga belongs to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or any other personal characteristics; regardless of your career and whether or not you have kids; regardless of whether you've been instructed before or you're self taught geniuses; regardless of when did you get started or just decided to dabble with it. Any of the factors mentioned above DON'T matter.

For International Yoga Day 2021, which falls on June 21, we continued with what we did last year and reached out to 5 amazing yoga lovers.

Despite different life stages and different starting points,  they all share the same passion for yoga. (thank you for sharing!)

Tap their names down below and jump straight to their section. Hope you enjoy it and happy yoga day! :)

  • @tipsy_yoga_chix: Wine-loving acro partner / BFF
  • @peppyfitfoodie: 10-year yoga lover / swim instructor / twin mom
  • @mindy.vs: Certified yoga teacher / animal lover / wood fairy
  • @yogawithadriana: Las Vegas based yoga teacher / content creator / been practicing yoga for over a decade
  • @vintantra: San Diego based yoga teacher / 
  • @handstandidaho: Yoga lover / kindergarten teacher / mom

Kathryn & Katelyn @tipsy_yoga_chix

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When did you start your journey to yoga and acroyoga?

Kathryn started her yoga journey back in 2015 with a solo practice. Her practice became more infrequent in 2018 and is excited to get back to it now! This is her first time dabbling into acro, she is usually the flyer between the two of us.

Katelyn did dance and gymnastics growing up. She didn’t know much about yoga or acroyoga until a few months ago when Kathryn suggested they try it. She quickly fell in love with the challenge and keeps stepping up the difficulty of our poses.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a 56-year old mother of twins. I have been married for 35 years to my amazing husband. We live north of Seattle, but during our marriage have lived in five states and traveled to most of the US, as well as six countries. I have worked as a clinical researcher, but since moving to Washington state I have worked at a local fitness facility.

I have been a swim instructor and the Aquatics Director, but recently gave that up to pursue my passion, yoga. 

How long have you been practicing yoga? What has yoga done for you as a person? 

I have been practicing for the last 10 years.

Yoga has helped me to find focus, to recognize the beauty in all bodies including my own. I have found strength physically, mentality and spiritually through yoga. Taking yoga classes throughout the greater Seattle area, I’ve learned to appreciate a great instructor when you find them. Yoga gave me a focus when our busy home became quiet when the twins went off to college.

What's your favourite yoga pose (asana)? 

Hands down, Tree Pose (Vrikshasana).

Because it symbolizes so many things to me. First, it was the first pose I challenged myself to do. It has become something I do when I travel someplace new, do something new and even when I achieve something I never thought I could. It is also about balance, which is a struggle for so many. I’m not just talking physical balance, but finding balance in life. Don’t we all wish we could have that? You’ll see this pose a lot on my feed. It’s that big to me.

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Is yoga a way of life or a way to exercise and meditate?

It started as a way to exercise. Really, it was only because I was recovering from a broken leg and everything was so stiff coming out of the cast.

The yoga instructor at the gym suggested I come to her class. I was like, “what? I’m the least flexible most uncoordinated person out there! I’ve never done it!” “Just come, you’ll see.” She replied.

And I did! I was hooked. I started practicing four days a week. I did SUP yoga. I did aerial yoga. I’ve tried all different forms of yoga and gone to festivals and events.


This last year, during COVID lockdown I finally took the leap and received my yoga teacher certification. I followed that by adding my HIIT & Flow yoga teacher certification. I am now studying Ayurveda and Kundalini. I have added meditations and visualizations to my daily routine.

Yoga has become how I try to live my life. Am I perfect? Nope, I am a work in progress and that’s ok. That’s what life is. Learning and growing.

We noticed a plenty of pictures on your IG feed of you performing yoga outside, especially on the beach near the ocean. Do you see it as a way to stay connected with the nature?

Totally! Yoga in a studio is great, but for me it just takes on a whole different level outside. You’ve got so many elements.

Yoga have the connection to the earth, so much grounding. But it’s also a challenge to yourself. The ground isn’t perfectly flat, the sun can be in your face, people are talking and making noise, there are so many distractions!

When practicing outside you not only connect with nature, but you need to focus so much more it’s not a sterile studio with a flat floor and just the instructor calming speaking to you with beautiful music playing in the background. It’s the real world.


Being a swimmer, surfer and paddle boarder, being near the water is my jam. It’s where I am most happy and where I find peace. Yoga near water on a beach is the ultimate.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I live in northern Virginia with my husband, two dogs and macaw.

Much of my time is spent outdoors gardening, hiking, or practicing yoga. I’m an animal lover since birth, and have been vegan for about 10 years.

Movement has always been a large part of my life, and I enjoy various forms of fitness. 

How long have you been practicing yoga? What has yoga done for you as a person? 

I found yoga 18 years ago and have been a consistent student ever since!

My continued interest in the ancient science has led me to study various styles and philosophies, and I look forward to being a forever student.

I received my first teaching certification 6 years ago and have taught hatha, vinyasa, restorative, yin, pranayama and meditation. 

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Why yoga in the woods?

Nature has always been such a huge part of my life and is essential for my well-being.

For me there is no better place to ground and center myself, and the woods have a special feeling to them that is both invigorating and soothing for the mind. 

A piece of advice for beginners?

Your practice is your own and no one else’s, which is a pretty special thing on its own!

Drop any comparisons and keep focus on yourself and how you FEEL. Everything will come together just as it should :)

Adriana @yogawithadriana

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m a Las Vegas based yoga teacher & content creator. I work primarily one on one with students and also lead yoga teacher training in Las Vegas.

I believe that yoga should be for everyone and anyone who wants to learn about themselves. The practice is so rich with philosophy, healing tools, and helps you to find your spirit and purpose.

Yoga helped me to discover my own strengths, showed me my weaknesses, and helped me to get physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger. 

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I’ve been teaching yoga for seven years and practicing for over a decade.

What's your favourite yoga pose (asana)?

It’s hard to choose a favorite!

If I had to choose, I’d choose handstand because it’s challenging and has taught me so much about myself. It’s forced me to slow down, work consistently, and is a humbling pose.

My second favorite pose is any lunge! It took me YEARS to figure out how to make lunges feel really good in my body. Now that I’m able to focus on strength rather than lean into my flexibility, I get so much more out of lunges than I ever did before. I loved using them in my classes and with my students. 

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In your IG bio, you wrote - I help people get in touch with their body, mind, spirit and purpose. Can you share more about that?

Yes!

We have a tendency to numb out. We use out bodies like storage units for our emotions, unprocessed life experiences, trauma, and so much more.

Through the practice of yoga, I help people discover their patterns, work through stuck emotions and energy, and invite their spirit back into their bodies.

Yoga helped me to heal, and I love sharing the tools I’ve learned so others can heal themselves. 

A piece of advice for beginners?

My advice for beginners would be to just start where you are.

Find a style that feels good in your body, a teacher or several teachers that you trust, and don’t be afraid to move forward. It’s always hard at first - everything is.

But if you show up consistently for yourself - even if it’s only 10 minutes a day - you’ll be amazed at what you discover about yourself in a short time.

A piece of advice for beginners?

Your practice is your own and no one else’s, which is a pretty special thing on its own!

Drop any comparisons and keep focus on yourself and how you FEEL. Everything will come together just as it should :)

A piece of advice for beginners?

Your practice is your own and no one else’s, which is a pretty special thing on its own!

Drop any comparisons and keep focus on yourself and how you FEEL. Everything will come together just as it should :)

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A piece of advice for beginners?

Your practice is your own and no one else’s, which is a pretty special thing on its own!

Drop any comparisons and keep focus on yourself and how you FEEL. Everything will come together just as it should :)

A piece of advice for beginners?

Your practice is your own and no one else’s, which is a pretty special thing on its own!

Drop any comparisons and keep focus on yourself and how you FEEL. Everything will come together just as it should :)

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I have been teaching special education and kindergarten for 16 years. I am a mama and there is nothing that makes me happier than hanging out with my babes!

I love to be outside, and spend my winters skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. My summers are full of camping, hiking, boating, and water skiing! 

Why inversions? :)

I began practicing inversions several years ago when I was dealing with debilitating insomnia, vertigo and overwhelming ear pressure. The medicines I was prescribed made me feel horrible and I began looking for alternatives.

Inverting was the only way that I could pop my ears and relieve some of the pressure, dizzyness and vertigo. Plus they are literally a blast! I find them exhilarating and energizing, which allowed me to combat the exhaustion from never sleeping.

How long have you been practicing yoga? How did you get started?

I practiced inversions for about a year before I expanded my practice to include other asanas and flexibility.

For the past two years I have focused on learning asanas that incorporated strengthening and flexibility. I was very intimidated in the beginning because I felt that I was doing everything incorrectly. I had only been to one or two in person yoga classes and I would google videos and flows to learn how to modify and enter poses to make them more accessible.

It took me a long time to realize that yoga is MY practice and it is about me and what feels right for my body. That realization opened everything up to me and now I focus on the journey and the day to day connection to my body rather than whether or not I can do a pose perfectly.

Do you feel anyone can enjoy and gain from yoga?

Absolutely. Yoga is a lifestyle and not just a physical practice. Anyone and everyone can practice yoga and benefit both physically and mentally.