We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Bamrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
One of the most impactful decisions I made began before my daughter, Blake, was even born! In my second and third trimester, I completed my 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training as continuing education and to enrich my personal meditation and asana practice. I cannot emphasize enough that it was one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made. Physically, my pregnancy and labor/delivery was as smooth as could be. Emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, all the teachings, lessons, discussions, intentions, meditations, and healing that took place during that course was not only a gift for me, I know it directly impacted her.
Now, as a new mother to a nine month old, I’m so grateful that she is growing up as my little sidekick and bestie. We travel about once a month, leading retreats or just visiting our family and friends on the east and west coasts. I’m excited to witness her grow and recognize all the possibility that lies ahead of her. I am blessed to have two parents that supported every one of my endeavors, without fail and without question. I can’t wait to support her dreams in the same way.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Is it ever easy? No, but looking back, every challenge that I met was simply propelling me in the direction of my dharma, my true north. I think most people who know me well would laugh at the fact that I’ve actually been fired from a couple different jobs. After college, I was working in Public Relations in Manhattan, in the fashion industry, where politics plays a big role. I was fired from one of my dream jobs, took on a temporary assignment after that, and as fate would have it, my local teacher training was beginning just as that temporary position ended. I literally stopped working, lived with my parents (rent free, thanks Mom!), and from that moment on immersed myself in practicing, studying, and teaching yoga. I love the artistic, spiritual and scientific elements of a yoga practice, but I also am a total boss babe, and thrive running a studio, company, and brand. This duality, the yin and yang within me, keeps me grounded and motivated in a way that is unlike many yoga teachers I’ve seen.
After five years of teaching and running a studio in NJ, I was called to heal people on a deeper level. I felt like I had reached a cap on the lives I could impact where I was, and with what I was doing. From the outside looking in, I had multiple reasons not to uproot my entire life (a thriving career and abundant studio, for one). I moved to pursue a Doctorate of Acupuncture in San Diego. Going back to school was incredible but also a huge edge for me, because I had been in the seat of teacher for so many years. I had no friends, and a lot of debt, but I knew my heart was leading me in the right direction.
Enter 2020 and COVID. Our school shifted to virtual learning and I could not learn to the best of my ability from my one bedroom apartment. I withdrew, and with that huge (read: scary) decision the universe opened doors to so many opportunities to teach yoga throughout San Diego and Orange County. The moral? Trusting my intuition has literally never steered me wrong.
My classes are a constant reminder of this: we are not put on this Earth to play small or dim our light. We’re meant to trust our gut, our internal GPS. The backbone of my classes and yoga retreats is to honor this unique wisdom within ourselves.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is my dream question. Here’s all my San Diego go-to’s, in no particular order: Rose-lavender lattes from Pump Coffee, the I Love NY breakfast at Matteo, acupuncture & cupping from my friend LeeAnn Little in Banker’s Hill, shopping at Thread & Seed, Pangea, and Communal Coffee, all the vegan rolls at Sushi Nekosan in La Jolla, cacao chai lattes at Parakeet, clam pizza and the meatball side at URBN in North Park, the sizzling fish and spicy passionfruit margarita at OB Noodlehouse/Bar 1502, Thai Dye wrap from Flower Child, avocado toast from Grounds Coffee & Bean Bar, lunch and shopping at Trilogy, chocolate croissants at the French Gourmet, tofu scramble from People’s Market, truffle fries from The Joint, any farmers market in any neighborhood – but especially Sunday’s in Hillcrest, everything from Peace Pies, Sunset Cliffs at any time of day, hiking Cowles (low-key) or Mount Woodson (aka Potato Chip Rock, where I met my husband!), beach day at Fletcher’s Cove (no cell service for the win!), jet skiing on the Harbor followed by Weekend Vibes on draft at Coronado Brewing Co., SUP Yoga on Mission Bay, skydiving at Sky Dive San Diego (where we got engaged!), golden hour walks along the beach and bay, sunsets at Calumet Park.. and yoga wherever Kierstie Porr is teaching!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow. There were so many people who took a chance on me throughout various points of my career and my gratitude for them is endless. I am forever indebted to Regina Smith, Anthony Chavez, Jason Hulshof, Cher Meli, and Eric Jeffers, to name a few. I met all of these individuals during my tenure with Life Time, and they all played a huge part in elevating my teaching and leadership in and out of the studio. Anthony and Cher took me under their wings before I felt ready to lead retreats on my own, and reminded me of my worth and capability.
Ashley Griffin and Kierstie Porr are my two yoga soul sisters and current business partners, and I’m inspired by them every damn day. They live their practice, embody what a true yoga leader is, and never settle for mediocrity. They’re grounding, steadfast, and optimistic every step of the way. Collectively, everything we touch turns to gold. Making magic on retreats and in event-style classes with them is a highlight of my career. I couldn’t have nearly the impact that I do if I were to do it all alone (I wouldn’t have as much fun, either!).
Most importantly, I’m so thankful for my husband, Brent. He’s a total badass with the biggest heart, who loves and supports me unconditionally. My family and friends are incredible and eternally supportive, as well. Who wouldn’t thrive with a tribe like this?!
Paul Cook, Briar Nelson, Cesar Lima