About Brittanie Shey

Certifications: 200 RYT, SUP Yoga teacher certification, lots and lots of workshops

What does yoga mean to you / how did you come to find yoga? I’ve practiced yoga off and on for more than 15 years, but it was around 2013 when I was in the middle of an extremely stressful job that I decided to dedicate myself to a daily practice. Yoga keeps me sane and has helped me to be comfortable as my true self. As a kid, I was loud and rambunctious and for many years I had people trying to reign me in due to the belief that little girls (and by extension, women) should be seen and not heard. I tried to stifle my outgoing, smartass nature for a long time before finally realizing, in part thanks to yoga, that my truest and happiest self is the person who says what she thinks, who goofs up and stumbles a lot, and who wants to revel in the messy experience of life.

What made you become a teacher?I never actually thought I’d teach. Mainly I just wanted to expand my own practice. But teaching felt natural right from the start, and I love the symbiotic relationship between teacher and student. This sounds cheesy, like something every yoga teacher says, but I really do learn so much from my own students. I am a student, just like everyone else in the room.

Why do you love the concept of Yoga&Hops? Traditional yoga studios can feel really intimidating, especially if you’re new to the practice, or don’t have a “typical” yoga body (sidenote: all bodies are yoga bodies, no matter what they look like), or feel like you don’t have the right clothes or the fanciest mat or whatever. YogaHops allows us to meet people where they are — neutral territory, if you will — which takes a little bit of that intimidating factor away. Hanging out after class, people can meet new friends, ask questions and just generally socialize — it takes the pressure off.

More on Y&H: I am so stoked for the future of Yoga&Hops, I love to travel and explore new cities at a local level… and what better way to do that with than with yoga and local beer. We are planning retreats and have so many ideas on this new adventure for Y&H.

What can people expect if they take your class? I like to give people a powerful physical experience in their bodies that helps them see what’s possible in their lives. Your practice on the mat is a good trial run for everything you might face in life, from awkward situations to fighting with your brain about something you need to do but don’t want to. That said, I try not to take myself or the practice too seriously. It’s just yoga. I’ll also probably say a few f-words.

What’s your favorite beer? I love resin-y IPAs and funky sours. Right now my favorite beers are 8th Wonder’s Haterade and Eureka Heights’s Moo Caliente.

Anything else you’d like to add? “I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could.” — Sam Houston