Lets get down, dog.

Meet Brooke Taylor

Huntington Beach, CA

Yoga Instructor & Apparel Designer

@brooketaylorsyoga

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Today Brooke and I went down to the harbor for a vinyasa flow.

I’ve always been a big fan of yoga for its benefits spiritually and physically. Yoga as a whole is a great practice for getting in tune with your self. I love weights and grinding it out in the gym, but yoga adds a unique element to muscle conditioning. Most serious and even professional athletes will tell you, yoga is one hell of a challenge.

Watch as Brooke breaks down three poses she believes are essential to a good yoga practice and get a peek of her boutique on wheels!

Here’s what Brooke had to say when we sat down to talk about her yoga experience…

Why did you get into yoga?
“I got into it because I had ADHD and it was really difficult for me to focus. I used yoga to gain focus and piece of mind. The mental and physical work out really interested me. Also, I was a figure skater and it was my off ice training.

I ended up liking yoga more than skating to be honest. “

“What do you hope your yogis get out of your class?”

“I hope they leave at ease. With peace of mind. Ready to take on their day with new strength. With lean bodies and centered minds. My favorite thing is to see yogis in savasana in my class. So relaxed.”

“You’re a vegan… Tell me a little bit about how that has impacted your practice?”

“I feel more energized, healthier, lighter. My skin is clearer. I think I became a vegan through yoga, because yoga taught me to be a more compassionate person. One of the 8 limbs of yoga is ahimsa, which stands for non violence. With that mind-set I’m just a much happier person.”

“Being vegan isn’t easy, but you make it sound so awesome. What advice do you have for people who are interested in making that lifestyle change?”

“If you think you might be interested in it, great! Just don’t jump into it. I was a vegetarian for 9 years. Becoming vegan is a process, but it’s definitely a goal that you can attain. Take it on with baby steps. Meal plan! In today’s world it is a lot easier to be vegan. There are a lot of options if you do your research.”

The video above features us wearing www.brooketaylorsyoga.com

Check out some of my top picks from her line, including the “Samantha Set”, named after yours truly! Click to shop any of these looks!

 

Below are some of Brookes favorite vegan meals (click for details) 

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Where you can find Brooke teaching

  • My Om Yoga Home

Huntington Beach, CA

  • Monicas HARD Yoga

Huntington Beach, CA

  • Equinox

Huntington Beach, CA

True Grit, on the bike

Meet Molly

Costa Mesa, CA

Cycling Instructor & Freelance Apparel Designer

@joy_abundant • Reserve your ride here
Use code “gritstrong” to ride for free on your first visit!

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I had the opportunity to saddle up on a bike with Miss Molly at Grit this afternoon.

I met Molly while we we’re both working for a California based clothing brand. She was in the midst of designing a Capsule Collection called “Good F*CKING Vibes.” One day in passing she invited me to train with her at her home cycling studio! I couldn’t believe this super rad, ultra talented designer was also just beginning her journey as a spin instructor! I was inspired. She knew I was an avid fitness junkie, but to be honest it took me over a month to take her up on her offer. I was unsure how I felt about cycling. From the pedals to the resistance dials, it was all very foreign to me! I had tried cycling twice in the past, it just didn’t seem like it was for me. Once I started up my blog I figured that it was the perfect time to give it another try. I couldn’t imagine a better motivator than Molly. When I finally arrived to the studio she instantly made me feel so at home! As I hopped onto the bike to start our interview she assisted me with my stirrups and made sure I was locked in and ready to go.

Before class got rolling, Molly showed me THREE of the KEY moves you’ll encounter in a cycling class. Watch the video below to check it out!

This was the nitty gritty from my chat with Molly after class…

“What inspired you to become a cycling instructor?”
“I guess it all started when I took my first cycling class. I got really into the workout and Grit Cycle was super close to my house. I started coming here. I saw how the instructors were motivating people and how awesome it was. I fell in love with the community and the music.”

“How long has cycling been a passion of yours?”
“Only about two years now. I’m pretty new to it. I was into boxing pretty heavily for 7 years. Then I hurt my hand and had to stop. After that I found cycling!”

“How is being on the bike different from other workouts you’ve tried?”
“It’s different because it’s cardio, but it’s also a full body workout because of the choreography. The energy is totally unique.

When the lights go down and the music goes off you get to reconnect to yourself. Spin is a giant dance party. “

“I definitely agree. I had taken a few cycling classes in regular (not cycling specific) gyms and I wasn’t that into it… but after taking your class my whole perspective of the workout has changed!” 

“What is your favorite part about training your clients? What results would you like to see them achieve?”
“My favorite part is when they come up to me after class and tell me it was challenging. If I challenge them I have a good feeling they’ll want to come back and if they come back they can grow.”

“What kind of a diet do you maintain outside of the cycling studio?”
“Balance! I aim for 80-20! I’ve been on a crazy smoothie kick lately and I’m trying a bunch of new stuff. I try to tell myself, pizza only once a week! Doesn’t always work out that way, but I do my best!”

“How important are the riding shoes, really?”
“It helps your ride so much! It changes everything! The choreography is so much safer with them, you don’t have to worry about slipping off the pedal, so you can go faster!”

“Last, I have to ask what does having a savage body mean to you?”
“Everyone is born different with different genes. If you are using your body to the best of your ability to complete your workouts and get it done, if you’re giving all you’ve got to achieve your goals, that is A Savage Body™.”

I have to say I had met a lot of people that we’re absolutely in love with cycling, but I just hadn’t caught the bug. This time was different. The lights in the studio fell dim, technicolor hues beamed from the creases of the room. Molly was not only the instructor, but the DJ. The music began and I realized the room had transformed from a cycling class into a dance party. Molly guided the class through the different movements on the bike and I could feel all parts of my body being activated. Before I knew it, I was drenched in sweat and the workout was over!

In spin you get to control your own pace and your own progress! If you enjoy letting loose, good music and good energy, you will fall in LOVE with Molly, Grit and Cycling!

When to find Molly teaching at Grit Cycle 
  • Wednesday 4:15p
  • Thursday 6:45p

Class times can fluctuate! Go to GritCycle.com to find the most up to date times! Use code “gritstrong” to ride for free on your first visit!