This gemstone is Blake! A remarkable yogini with a story that inspires. The wisdom that Blake has surrounding yoga and her practice shines through on every level. At Live + Breathe, she spent much time sharing the tools of yoga through a fun and inventive class with children with mental health challenges. Blake's spirit is full and tremendously alive. It is our great fortune that her path crossed with ours and we remain forever grateful for the peace she imparted on young hearts and minds.
Blake continues to offer a pure heart of healing service through the form of breath work. Sync up with her online at Breath of Blake or via Facebook here. Read on to find out more about Blake and you'll fall in love with her just like we did!
What brings you to your yoga mat?
Healing and heart openers. There is something so incredibly powerful about having a practice that allows and helps you to shine your love and light out to the world.
How do you practice yoga off your mat?
Deep breathing, awareness of thoughts, body awareness, alignment, letting go, and softening.
Why did you want to become involved with Live + Breathe?
To openly and lovingly share a healing practice with people who can benefit so greatly from yoga's effects on the mind, body, and spirit.
As an instructor, what is your favorite part about teaching yoga?
My favorite part about teaching is providing people a space to achieve relief, clarity, and healing.
What are, in your opinion, some of the key benefits of yoga?
The most powerful benefit for me has been the awareness to shift my thoughts and self-talk. Also, being able to breathe myself into relaxation in stressful or fearful moments.
Do you recall any special moments from your students?
The most special moments for me have been watching the students grow in their connection with yoga and themselves. Seeing them find true interest in the poses, the breathing, the yoga is very powerful.
Are there any lessons you have learned from your students?
I have learned so much with the students, they are truly the teachers. The most practical lessons I have learned are surrender and patience.
Is there a pose or meditation that you could do every single day?
Pranayama is the practice I work most with. Breath work is an incredibly healing tool.
What or who inspires you?
My grandma is my greatest life inspiration. She is one of the strongest and tiniest little ladies I know. She constantly reminds me what it is to be generous, loving, and kind.
What is your mantra?
Om Namah Shivaya (I bow with respect to my highest self)