Bekah Gilstrap

Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be. – Anon

1. Tell me about a favorite scene from your favorite movie?  I have an endless list of movies that I could watch on repeat, but one that comes to mind is a scene from Little Miss Sunshine. Towards the climax of the film, Olive finally gets to perform her highly anticipated routine onstage at the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant. The seven-year-old starts dancing somewhat provocatively and stripping off layers of clothing to Rick James’s Super Freak, the audience and her family are in shock. The pageant committee attempts to chase her off the stage, telling her father to make her stop. Instead, he joins her in dancing to the music, then her whole family jumps on stage to dance with her. The scene ends with a slow clap from the DJ. Warms my heart!

2. What’s the most interesting thing about you we wouldn’t learn from your resume or social media? I love to cook. I enjoy waking up on Sunday morning, opening the fridge and just taking my time to create something new and yummy.

3. What is it that you LOVE most about Yoga? It’s adaptability. Yoga is a bag full of tools for what you need at the at any given moment. You just have to know how to access those tools.

4. What are your top 10 songs that you listen when you’re creating yoga sequences for a class?
I’ve included some new favorites and my go-to classics:
1. Cream on Chrome – Ratatat
2. Kiara – Bonobo
3. Light – Dr.Toast
4. Hazey – Glass Animals
5. Thai Tea – Nightmares On Wax
6. Young – Vallis Alps
7. Closer – JMR
8. You – Gold Panda
9. Silent Ganges – Maneesh de Moor
10. Walk – Teen Daze

5. What are some of the challenges you’ve experienced as a yoga teacher? Being a military spouse and a yoga teacher has presented me with unique challenges. I’m not always able to teach in the cities in which my family is stationed, leaving my teaching skills a little rusty after a few months or years.

BONUS: Tell us your practice style and how did you choose your Yoga method? My Yoga Method is a big melting pot of techniques from all of my previous teachers. Each and every one of my instructors over the years has given so much inspiration for how to mold my practice and how to safely inspire others to mold their own. Every time I spend a period of time away from yoga, I find myself coming back to the practice with a different approach because as we change our lives, our practice changes. I certainly see that in my yoga practice.SaveSaveSaveSave

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