I’m thrilled to introduce you to one of our new teachers, Brockell Briddle. Brockell is not so new in that she taught at alleyCat a few years ago before leaving Columbia to pursue bodywork training. Over a year ago I begin having conversation with her about returning to alleyCat to share her gifts as a teacher. Ken and I knew that his time as a teacher was winding down and I wanted to bring in another very well trained teacher who guides from the center of traditional, spiritual centered practice. I was searching for a specific type of teacher, grounded in a Hatha Yoga and someone who understood the mission of alleyCat. The conversation for her return began in January of 2017 and in October 2017 Brockell returned to Columbia.
Brockell is a full of life, warm, friendly and inviting with a smile that will make your day. Her background in body work and interest in anatomy makes her the perfect complement to my interest in energetic alignment and yoga philosophy. Deeply knowledgeable about human anatomy I think it is fair to call her an “anatomy geek”. She has reverence for the body and a detailed understanding of body mechanics. Brockell has assisted Ken in his Global Yoga Journey’s retreats for the past four years. She was the perfect fit to take over some of Ken’s classes. Additionally bringing Brockell to alleyCat allowed me to deepen our offerings in therapeutics as well as add an amazing human being and wonderful teacher.
Here is my interview with Brockell. I hope you enjoy. ~Susan
|ACY: What drew you to the practice of yoga?
I feel very blessed to have come across yoga at a very young age. I hit a rock bottom point in my life around the age of 20. At that time, I was struggling with a lot of destructive behavior and went through a traumatic event. On the other side of it, I knew that I needed healing. At the time, I didn’t know what that looked like but I knew that I had to figure out some way into healing. Fortunately around that same time, at a music festival, I stumbled into a Kundalini Yoga class. I ended up having a peak experience and I knew that yoga had something to offer me.
ACY? What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
After practicing yoga on and off for a few years, I just knew it was something that I wanted to learn to teach. It was a sort of “soul knowing” so to speak, or a “soul contract”. It almost feels as if teaching chose me. I completed my first Teachers Training in Hatha Yoga in 2006 on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a truly incredible and transformative experience, to immerse myself and steep in the teachings. Since then I have continued my advanced studies with the Prajna Yoga School in Santa Fe, NM and I attribute these intimate continued studies to making me the teacher that I am today.
ACY: Tell us a little about your style of teaching? What are the intentions that influence your classes?
I believe that yoga is about engaging, both in our bodies and in our lives. Yoga teaches us how to stay with something and be awake and aware, even when things aren’t comfortable. I try to incorporate this into my teaching. My style is very alignment focused and I specialize in therapeutics. I think some would say that I am strict or demanding, and I think that some level of that is true. I believe that our bodies are an incredible tool that we have been given to experience this lifetime, and we should use them to fully engage in our posture practice, and our life. I also do my best to be encouraging, playful, and supportive and bring metaphor into my offering to my students.
ACY: Who are your most inspirational teachers and practices?
I am really inspired by my primary teachers, Tias and Surya Little, as well as my entire yoga sangha (community). I am a part of the Krishnamacharya Lineage, and I love that I am a part of a living lineage that is alive and always growing and evolving. I’m also really inspired by restorative work of Judith Hanson Lasater, as well as the foundational Buddhist teachings and philosophy. I really enjoy practicing Iyengar yoga, and restorative yoga, as well as more slow, floor-based somatic movement practices.
ACY: How do you spend your time off the mat?
I’m still getting settled into my new life here in Columbia. I’m hoping to create a successful private yoga and bodywork practice here, and I currently spend a lot of time and energy focused on my work. Aside from that, I’m hoping to create a life here that is full of time in nature, hiking and biking on the trails, gardening, singing and playing music in our community!