Meet Claire Fountain, celebrity yoga teacher, holistic living expert, founder of #TrillYoga and all-round inspirational women…
Tell us who you are and what you do?
Claire Fountain, I’m a writer with a focus on wellness and the intersection of women, self, mental health, and social media. But most know me as a celebrity yoga teacher and holistic living expert via @cbquality.
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How long have you been doing Yoga and what made you start your journey?
I started yoga in my teens for depression and anxiety. It was never about anything physical for me. I needed the meditation aspects and all the other gifts yoga gives you in terms of being present, proper breathing, and a journey back to your truth.
3 ways Yoga has changed your life?
Yoga forces you to be present. I always say that yoga provides you a way to answers you already have, you work your way into the answers with yoga. So for me, it gave me more reflection and awareness, along with a greater connection to my own intuition. Though yoga taught me that we are not our external bodies, it also showed me how strong and capable my body can be.
You also address issues around mental health. Do you think yoga could be helpful to support more people in this area?
Absolutely. Physical exercise, even in small amounts, has been found to help depression. Yoga, in particular, helps to moderate and reduce stress responses, which can be beneficial for depression and anxiety. I found the repetition and breathing of yoga soothing and stabilizing. Think of yoga as a moving meditation. Mediation has been found to greatly help mental health issues, as the brain has the ability to change and function better as a whole with a consistent yoga practice.
For someone just starting out, what type of yoga would you recommend and how many times a week?
I get this question often, and the best advice is, just start. Find a beginners class, as it’s helpful to have a teacher to correct form or give cues if you’re totally new to yoga. YouTube has some great offerings, but it’s still self-taught as you’re without a teacher, and this takes a little more diligence to read up on poses so you know your form is correct (I do not want people getting hurt!) Classes will also give you a structure and process, as yoga, and it’s benefits do not come from doing a single pose but from doing the poses as part of a practice, along with breathing, commitment, and final relaxation.
For most men, yoga is still seen as something unmanly. What advice would you give to guys thinking to start yoga?
Go! I started TrillYoga as a way to say anyone and everyone can (and probably should) do yoga. All genders, shapes, colors, sizes, etc. Specifically for men, yoga has been found to improve men’s balance, reduce stress, lessen anxiety (in as little as six classes,) offer relief from insomnia, and improve heart health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.
So I would say, be polite to women in class (i.e. don’t be a creep if you’re really there for yoga) and take your time, use props if you need, and don’t try to muscle your way into poses. Yoga can be a humbling experience for otherwise active and athletic types.
One thing I love about your overall vibe is that you’re not a cliché skinny yoga instructor (no disrespect those who are). For me, you’re advocating body confidence, health, and diversity, which is amazing in itself. Tell us more about Trill Yoga?
Started as a hashtag back in 2014 as I needed a way to differentia how I was practicing. I really don’t fuck with yoga (excuse the language) for all the stigmas and stereotypes that surround it.
I go to some classes, and think… I know why people hate yoga. I can accept that. It also inspires me to keep sharing the message you can reap the benefits in your own way.
#flashbackfriday When I woke up for sunrise yoga flows with @adidaswomen for International Yoga Day (June21) but guess what #September is?? National Yoga Month. Ayeeee ? Yoga saved me or maybe it gave me the tools to save myself but I can't be more grateful. Who is going to yoga more this month, or maybe it's just time to recommit to your practice (I teach and even I fall off when life gets in the way but you can always come back) // Happy Sept and happy yoga y'all. Going to get a big #labordayweekend sale on clairefountain.com in the next 24 hours so y'all can yoga with me ❤️ #staytuned #trillyoga #nationalyogamonth begins!
Finally, what is your mantra for life?
The only mantra I’ve stuck to is ‘I Am,’ which is one of the most powerful mantras ever. After that would be “make decisions out of love, and not fear.”
Otherwise, I have quotes that repeat in my head day to day, like “Wisdom tells me I am nothing, Love tells me I am everything, And between the two my life flows.”