July Teacher Feature: Brooke Hopper



Favorite part of teaching yoga?

Philosophy, movement, flow, releasing, relaxing, breathing, allowing, looking inward, feeling like a rockstar, accomplishing what seemed too hard for me to even try, finding center.  Figuring out how all that feels for me and then trying to convey that to students in a way that also resonates for them.

Where did you grow up?

The great, rainy, Pacific Northwest – specifically Oregon.  Home of marionberries (not the mayor), filberts, douglas firs, beavers, covered wagons, and buffalo chips.  And rain.

What are your top 3 hobbies? 

Yoga (surprise!), lap swimming, laying on the beach drinking cocktails (yes, that counts as a hobby)

Favorite food?

Anything fancy, new, and pretentious.  I am a sucker for it all and love to try new food and restaurants.  And tacos.

Favorite quote?

There is more to life than increasing its speed – Gandhi.

Favorite restaurant in DC/VA/MD?

Anything new in DC.  Each time I go out to dinner, I like to go somewhere I have never been.  I tend not to venture to VA and MD so much – so far! :)

Dream vacation or favorite vacation you’ve ever been on? 

Anything in the mediterranean.  If I could toodle from yoga retreat to yoga retreat in Italy, southern Spain, Greece, southern France, etc, etc getting yogic and not getting sunburnt on the beach, that would be fantabulous.

Favorite holiday?

Easter.  I am a master egg hunter.  And who doesn’t love brunch?

If you could take a yoga class from any teacher in the world (living or dead), who would it be? 

I know I am totally stealing this answer from Marlies, but after reading hers, I honestly cannot think of a better answer.  Ryan Gosling.  I, too, would do anything he told me to.

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