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bri_owens_. Really looking forward to warmer days when I can hang out in trees wit

Really looking forward to warmer days when I can hang out in trees with my trusted companions: books, yoga pants, and comfy shoes!! ⁣ ⁣ #liveBANGS #blitzday #BANGSblitz #companionship #springiscoming

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bri_owens_. Lots of people keep asking me how I’m feeling about my upcoming @authe

Lots of people keep asking me how I’m feeling about my upcoming @authentic_movements training in Costa Rica.⁣ ⁣ Well, I’ve had dreams about the experience for the past four nights.⁣ ⁣ Yesterday I had a mild freak out thinking about how much shampoo I would have to pack for a month in the jungle before I remembered I literally only wash my hair once a week. ⁣ ⁣ And at least once daily I spend a good portion of my brain space worrying that I won’t make any friends and no one’s going to sit with me at lunch, or that my cats are going to forget me or about how FREAKING much I’m going to miss Aaron. ⁣ ⁣ So yeah I’m handling it well. But then...oh then...I think about the sun, and all the amazing stuff I’m going to learn, and how incredible it is that I get to go, and how proud I am of myself that I applied and was accepted, and all is right with the world. #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. Y’all I just straight up dance yoga’ed in my living room for an hour a

Y’all I just straight up dance yoga’ed in my living room for an hour and I’ve got some WEIRRRRD (but also NEW, creative, amazing) shit planned for 6pm flow tonight. Come get funky with me at Practicing Yoga. #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. I took a 3.5 hour long energy workshop yesterday from @catkabira and i

I took a 3.5 hour long energy workshop yesterday from @catkabira and it was nothing short of magical. It represented yet another avenue to approach the work I’ve been deep in for the better part of a year and a half: confront my patterns, recognize my masks and what they’re protecting, heal the roots, use my voice, set boundaries, give my full energy, power, vibrancy to *myself* and to those who fill up my cup in a truly reciprocal way. ⁣ ⁣ We boiled much of our work down into getting grounded into self and remembering that the easiest way to do this is by seeking out pleasure. By asking the simple question in every situation, does this give me pleasure? If not, why the fuck am I doing it? ⁣ ⁣ I felt several big thunks of release, understanding, and allowing during this deep energy work, and lo and behold today I felt more in my body and more creative in my practice than I have in a very long time. Little ripples of movement and weird transitions just popped into my head and my body responded by obeying without thinking, by moving toward what would give me pleasure without conditions. ⁣ ⁣ What’s giving me pleasure right now is posting a hurriedly taken (because I want to remember this little play of movement,) off-center, low quality video where parts of my body are cut off at times, my back looks bruised from a cupping session a week ago, and my dirty dining table serves as the backdrop. I’ve been supremely sick of social media recently. Most days lately I no longer want to play the game. I’d much rather play the game of doing only that which gives me pleasure. What about you? #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. 📖🌿☀️🌳💤📚
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 #BANGSblitz #liveBANGS #BANGSambassador

📖🌿☀️🌳💤📚 ⁣ #BANGSblitz #liveBANGS #BANGSambassador

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bri_owens_. Getting back on the hanumanasana train is anxiety central when you’ve

Getting back on the hanumanasana train is anxiety central when you’ve pulled a hamstring attachment in the past (not from this pose, but still). I’ve come to realize so much of what allows me to access things both physically and mentally is as simple and as complicated as trusting myself and not being so fucking scared all the time. ⁣ ⁣ I was terrified of EVERYTHING as a child and I’ve carried much of that with me into adulthood both consciously and unconsciously and in ways I’m just beginning to realize and unravel (thanks therapy). ⁣ ⁣ I’m not naive enough to think that trusting myself to work on my splits is the beginning of healing my relationship with all my childhood and adult fears and holding myself with compassion and trust all the time. But hey...ya gotta start somewhere right? Might as well be here. #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. An open letter to warm temps and sunshine:⁣
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*Clears throat*⁣
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WTF?

An open letter to warm temps and sunshine:⁣ ⁣ *Clears throat*⁣ ⁣ WTF? We spend every day in this exact position literally WORSHIPPING you. I thought we were friends. Where did it all go wrong? Please forgive us for whatever we did to royally piss you off. ⁣ ⁣ Best,⁣ Your biggest fans

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bri_owens_. How appropriate that today’s #BANGSblitz theme is new adventures! ⁣
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How appropriate that today’s #BANGSblitz theme is new adventures! ⁣ ⁣ I’m looking down the barrel of a bunch of them this year, most notably spending a lot of time in shapes like this one in the jungles of Costa Rica for my 300-hr yoga teacher training in April! ⁣ ⁣ I’ve pretty much been breathing, eating, sleeping, and thinking about this particular adventure since January of last year when I was accepted into the program. ⁣ ⁣ Something intrinsic to my identity is my constant quest for more knowledge, my dedication to exploring different lines of thinking, varying ways to think about consciousness, humanity, movement patterns, and really just life in general. I kinda think that’s the greatest adventure of all: to embrace that we’re all students, and the schooling never ends. There are few things more satisfying to me than learning something new and being able to turn around and share it with others.⁣ ⁣ So just because I happen to be going on this particular teacher training adventure by myself, rest assured that I’ll be bringing the lessons I learn from you all on a daily basis along with me, and I’ll be bringing you with me in what I’ll undoubtedly share far and wide upon my return. If we can’t share our adventures and our experiences and learn communally from them, what’s the point really? T-9 weeks till new adventure or bust. #withlovewithgratitude #liveBANGS

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bri_owens_. Lots of special chances to hit your mat with me over the next few week

Lots of special chances to hit your mat with me over the next few weeks! ⁣ ⁣ I’m teaching ONE more donation-based community yoga class this month at the Maryland Plaza lululemon from 9-10am tomorrow (1/26).⁣ ⁣ I’ll be leading a workshop at @joyofyogastlouis all about The Beatles’s influence on western yoga from 4:30-6pm on 2/2. ⁣ ⁣ AND, if you haven’t already heard, there’s a new yoga studio in Benton Park called @brickcityyogastl that I’ve picked up a couple of classes at during the week. It’s a beautiful space filled with a lot of heart and you will be welcomed there with open arms! ⁣ You can find out more about all these offerings and sign up where applicable at the links in my bio. Grab a friend and your mat, and get you some yoga! Love love love love. #withovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. T-10 weeks until...⁣⁣
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my 300-hr YTT in Costa Ricaaaaaaaa begins. Ge

T-10 weeks until...⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ my 300-hr YTT in Costa Ricaaaaaaaa begins. Getting back on my handstand game so I can maximize the time and talents of inversion magicians @casa_colibri, @erinkellyart, and @bianca.scalise.yoga. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I’ve been relearning and retraining my body to get into handstands properly because I had built up some bad habits that were getting me by and getting me upside down but certainly not serving me or allowing my handstands to progress.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ One thing that’s been super helpful is not letting my index mounds bubble up, using my fingers as brakes more, and pushing the ground away and out more firmly with my hands energetically. In the past, I had pretty much always cupped the ground with the weight in the outside of my hands as soon as I got airborne, which is actually the EXACT opposite of what you want to do. I do this in arm balances too and have been retraining there as well. Once you know you’re doing it, it’s one of those things that you kinda can’t un-know...ya know? ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I’ve been working the action of gripping evenly, and dialing the hands out (like you’re opening up two jars of peanut butter and like you could rip your mat in half without your hands ever actually moving). It works, it’s more stable, it’s more sustainable, but re-training your body and brain to do something differently that you already have the capacity to do is long and arduous work! Consistency and patience are incredibly key IF these are things that you want to train yourself to be able to do. ⁣⁣ ⁣ If you try these actions out in arm balances or handstands, let me know how it goes! And always ask questions in class! We’re ALL students of this practice and we’re all in this together. #withlovewithgratitude #dailyhandstandbreak

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bri_owens_. Listen, I’m not saying we haven’t aged at all in 10 years, but I’m not

Listen, I’m not saying we haven’t aged at all in 10 years, but I’m not NOT saying that either. Swipe ⬅️ for that 2009 action.

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bri_owens_. New blog post is up on my site! For a little sneak peek, read on. For

New blog post is up on my site! For a little sneak peek, read on. For the full entry, including some quick and easy breath work to connect to self, visit the link in my bio and then let me know what you think! While you’re there, make sure you sign up for updates so you’ll know about all the latest as soon as it drops. Love love love love. #withlovewithgratitude⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I love the very real, very true idea that we’re resilient and adaptable beings who can change our behaviors and change our thought processes based on what we do or do not want to embody.  January is a lovely time to evaluate what we want to exemplify. When a new year hits, so many of us are likely surfacing out of a period of time that was filled with family, friends, imbibing without restrictions, sometimes lots of stress and little to no sleep. My entire December calendar had a social engagement of some sort every...single...day. That’s a little extra even for someone like me who genuinely loves people and is a solid extrovert. [Read more at the link in my bio!]

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Connection:⁣ ⁣ We all deeply need it; we all deeply want it; it’s elusive at times and downright overwhelming in scope at others. Connection is my ride or die word for 2019. — I know, I know, you’re already bombarded with everyone’s words, intentions, resolutions, goals, and pictures of smoothies—and more power to those of you sharing those things. You rock. I’m not judging you for how you choose to do your social media, your life, business, etc. Keep on keeping on. (Side note: are we still saying ride or die in 2019?) ⁣ ⁣ BUT, if you want to consume some more words, make sure you visit my website and sign up for my newsletter! I’m gonna drop my first blog post on Friday talking all things connection and New Year. This isn’t going to be your run of the mill post about resolutions. I don’t do buzz words, I don’t do holier than thou, I don’t do bullshit. I’m not here to make you feel like you’re less than, that you need to be fixed, that you’re not already perfect just the way you are. What I am here to do is a deep exploration of my own inner angels and demons in the hope that something resonates and CONNECTS with you too. I do fully HUMAN, fully MESSY, fully “working all this life stuff out with no idea what I’m doing but trying anyway” kind of content. That’s just how I roll. (Are we still saying how I roll in 2019?)⁣ ⁣ Anywayyyyyy, visit my site —link in my bio of course— stay a while, sign up for updates, hit your mat with me, and look for more exciting stuff comin’ in hot so soon. (Are we still saying comin’ in hot in 2019? Seriously someone needs to tell me these things.) #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. Heading into 2019 like 👋 #withlovewithgratitude

Heading into 2019 like 👋 #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. This guy...making my Christmases merrier since 2002. Happy holidays to

This guy...making my Christmases merrier since 2002. Happy holidays to you and yours! Wishing you only love always. 🎄✨🎄✨

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Can’t fake those smiles! Happiness abounds when sis is in town. 👯‍♀️

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bri_owens_. How do I #livebangs? By balancing on my hands to give the shoes a brea

How do I #livebangs? By balancing on my hands to give the shoes a break of course!⁣ ⁣ #BANGSblitz #blitzday #withlovewithgratitude

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bri_owens_. Family tradition with the cutest Owenses I ever did see. #thisismymug

Family tradition with the cutest Owenses I ever did see. #thisismymug #owenschristmas2018

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