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bri_owens_. Hi world and haaaaaapy Wednesday! I’m really excited to share that I’v

Hi world and haaaaaapy Wednesday! I’m really excited to share that I’ve been offered an ambassadorship with @bangsshoes ! They make the cutest kicks, but more importantly their social mission is centered around inspiring others to get outside and connect with people, nature, and the world around them. So it was pretty much a no-brainer that I would want to be part of a project designed to encourage more connection and more adventure! ⁣ ⁣ If you don’t know me personally or are new here, let me introduce myself! I’m Brianna Owens, a yoga teacher, Shakespeare teacher, and Reiki master, currently living in St. Louis, Missouri with my husband and two cats. I’ve also lived in Germany, Kentucky, and California, and love visiting family and friends all over the country. A big adventure dream of mine is to go to Slovenia, where it seems like an actual fairy tale, but I’m also super excited to spend a month in Costa Rica next April soaking up some major yoga knowledge (and sun, sand, mountains, and the jungle, *swoon*). ⁣ ⁣ Here’s a selfie of me on my latest adventure: in Washington State, near the ocean and up a tree. I just ordered the Yellowstone BANGS and cannot wait to get them on my feet and shimmy up more trees in them! What’s an adventure goal you have? Tell me below and I’ll cheer you on! #liveBANGS #BANGSambassador #withlovewithgratitude

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To the bride! Katie, my heart and my soul sister: Words absolutely cannot convey how much I love you. My world is infinitely better and brighter with you in it. Today is going to be perfect! #asyouwish915

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Coupeville does not suck. #withlovewithgratitude

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Ready to play play play all day day day in Seattle! #withlovewithgratitude

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This is the face of someone who is grateful and honored to be the Reiki practitioner for the New Moon Yoga and Reiki class at Joy of Yoga tonight, but also NERVOUS AF. I fully understand the responsibility and the gravity of placing my hands on people and allowing Reiki energy to flow through me for their greatest and highest good. ⁣ ⁣ While expressing my feelings of fear, nervousness, inadequacy, etc etc, to my Reiki Master Teacher yesterday, she reminded me that this work really isn’t about me at all. All I have to do is stay open, and the Reiki will go where it needs to go and do what it needs to do. Much like yoga, all we really have to do friends, is stay open, let the yoga do the work, and watch as the magic unfolds. It really can be as simple as that. ⁣ ⁣ If you’re free tonight, join Glenna Bedoya ( @beglennabedoya ) as she leads you through a gentle yoga class honoring alllllll those New Moon feels. I’ll be giving each student a few minutes of Reiki during the practice, as well as creating a sacred space filled with Reiki energy. I hope you can make it! Going down at 7-8:15pm @joyofyogastlouis. Follow the link in my bio to sign up! #withlovewithgratitude

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I haven’t worked in pincha in quite some time. Though I may not be holding it as long as the stretches of my practice in which I kick up every day, my muscles still remember the way, my breath still guides me into stillness and calibration, my spirit still softens into the shape. My *soul* still knows the path. What an indescribable gift this practice is. #withlovewithgratitude

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In need of a good stretch this evening? Maybe just an hour to be outside and connect to your breath? I’m teaching lululemon‘s Yoga by the Fountain again tonight from 6-7pm fo’ free! I would love to see you on your mat! ❤️❤️ (location geotagged). #withlovewithgratitude

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What a week right? Wait...it’s only Tuesday? Howwww?? I’m out here HUSTLING you guys. Truth be told, I’ve been out here hustling since the day I started teaching yoga just over two years ago. I haven’t slowed down. I take almost every opportunity that comes along. I’ve turned down a few for the sake of my sanity, and some things have fallen away but they’ve generally been replaced by new commitments. I’m always in the midst of my work. Sometimes that’s visible here or elsewhere, sometimes it’s personal, mental, spiritual, private work (but work nonetheless). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Don’t get me wrong, I full-blown adore this work. I breathe, sleep, eat, read, and run yoga. I love it. I believe in it, but that work-life balance thing can sometimes be tricky when you’re so passionate about what you do. ⁣If you’ve been in a class of mine lately you may have noticed that I’ve been offering up musings on the sweet “easy” spot of our practice: that place right between exertion and ease, striving and releasing, rooting and floating, too much and too little. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Our time on our mats teaches us so much about that middle ground. I’m learning more and more what it looks like in my day-to-day. I’m certainly not going to stop hustling and working my tail off. I’ve got big things in the works, but I’m striving even harder for that place right in the center, that connection to what I’m doing it all for: to serve, to love, to help others discover what’s so great about this yoga thing. I hope you’re able to take stock of what the middle ground looks like for you, and to seek out moments that help you recognize the power of it. If hitting your mat helps you get closer to it...I know a couple places. 🙏🏼 #withlovewithgratitude

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I’ve been doing a thing: I’m now officially a Reiki Master. Explaining Reiki in totality would certainly take more than the word allotment that Instagram allows, but the basic principle it operates within is that since everything (including human beings) is made up of energy, with training and attunements, we are able to transmute energy for the purpose of healing ourselves, our loved ones, our world. _ I will certainly be writing more posts on the presence of palpable, tangible reiki energy in my life, but for now I’ll leave you with a nugget that came from my cohort’s discussion during master training: We are not healers, we are witnesses. Our job is not to move or send energy; our job is to be attuned to and aware of the flow of energy and to guide it to the places and spaces it is most needed. Even if you don’t believe in the pillars of Reiki, this concept is a wonderful lesson for life. We have infinite tools at our disposal to become more aware of the flow of energy in our lives. Some of my favorites are yoga, meditation, long walks outside, running, communing with any body of water, spending time with my husband, my loved ones, reading, the list goes on and on. I encourage you to make your own lengthy list to draw from. _ We can move through life trying to “make things happen,” or we can be still, be witnesses, use all the tools in our toolboxes to attune ourselves to the flow of energy, and to go where it leads. Neither option is better or worse, but I can tell you the second feels like dropping in, coming home, a warm hug from your soul, and it’s a feeling unlike any other. #withlovewithgratitude

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Sunkissed and spent, and there’s no one else I would rather be next to.

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If you’ve paid even a little bit of attention to my account or have been to one of my classes, you know how much I love my job...like really really REALLY love my job. I frequently get asked about recommendations for teacher trainings and my answer is always the same: do your research, find a program whose mission you can get behind, and take classes or speak candidly with the facilitator to make sure you vibe with each other. If you’ve ever considered teacher training, Practicing Yoga is holding an event on Saturday 8/18 for you to chat with ten different area studios about their offerings! Even if you have no aspirations to teach, deepening your knowledge of this practice is so worth it. You can follow the link in my bio to sign up for PY’s event! Big love always... #withlovewithgratitude

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Foolproof Monday Glow: Mix equal parts meditation, reiki, benchmark run, TG Park sun, and sweat. Then breathe baby breathe into your SOUL. #withlovewithgratitude #yogiswhorun #getoutside

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bri_owens_. My preferred and normal state of being: in perpetual sunshine and laug

My preferred and normal state of being: in perpetual sunshine and laughter. Laughing is yoga too ya know. #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. In case you need it today, here’s your reminder that personal growth d

In case you need it today, here’s your reminder that personal growth doesn’t always look like sunshine and rainbows and peace and love. Sometimes it’s painful af and things shift in unexpected ways. When we close ourselves off to feeling those shifts fully, to feeling pain and sensations (good AND bad) completely, we’re basically shooting ourselves in the foot. We’re shutting down any possibility of coming out on the other side having processed feelings instead of numbing or ignoring them. _ Trust me friends, we want to process, we want to feel. Only then can we clear, surrender, allow, and peel away all the layers that are hiding our brightest fucking light inside. What is it that helps you peel away the layers? Maybe it’s connecting to your breath or taking a yoga class, going for a long walk, reading a book, or sitting quietly in meditation. Find what it is that helps you grow, feel everything, melt away the layers, and shine shine shine. That feeling is EVERYTHING and so worth your effort. One million thanks to my dear friend @keri_kugler_ for the meaningful chat sesh this morning about this very thing. I am so fortunate to have you in my life Keri! #withlovewithgratitude

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Is there anything quite like the feeling of finding a patch of sun, opening your heart wide into it, and connecting to source and self? I think not. Follow the sun today friends. #withlovewithgratitude

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Today I got one step closer to my ultimate dream of turning into a woodland nymph. What do you wanna be when you grow up? _ Thanks Michelle for the field trip, the company, and the snaps! #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. The Shakespeare camp I lead every summer has officially ended for the

The Shakespeare camp I lead every summer has officially ended for the year as of this afternoon. I feel SO fulfilled and inspired by the groups of young people I get to teach for six weeks every session, but the process depletes me considerably as well. I felt a deep level of exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks on my drive home. Nothing left to do but hit my mat for a sloooooow movement practice. Here’s a little slice. Music is Sylvan Esso’s “Uncantena,” a go-to when I wanna feel the feels. #withlovewithgratitude

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Grab your mat, do a quick hair flip, and meet me at the Maryland Plaza fountain outside lululemon for a FREE class from 6-7pm. It looks like it’s going to be a perfect night for some outdoor yoga! Big love today and always! #withlovewithgratitude #thisisyoga #lululemonlove

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