Friday, 23 August, 2019

Colorado Yoga Teacher Spotlight: Meet Brett Mehlman


Colorado Yoga Teacher Spotlight: Meet Brett Mehlman Colorado Yoga Teacher Spotlight: Meet Brett Mehlman Amanda Cruz July 21st, 2019 Featured Yoga , Faces of Boulder Share:
It’s 6 am. Slivers of sunlight peep through the large, elongated windows of Brett Mehlman’s Denver-based studio apartment, greeting him as he begins his morning A fresh glass of water is the first thing on his mind, followed by a guided meditation As a busy yoga instructor, an established morning ritual is key for Brett Preparing for his first client of the day, he concocts a blend of ginger, turmeric, black pepper. Skullcap for tea
“The trick here, is to add coconut milk,&rdquo. He says with a grin, walking across the plant-lined floor to the kitchen cupboard “Coconut milk makes all the difference


Tea is only just part of the equation.

Ideally, his ultimate routine includes exercise, a bit of reading, maybe some journaling. Topped off with a light, healthy breakfast
He might alter it here and there On some days, he’ll incorporate daily gratitude and affirmation practices On others, a quick Spanish lesson
One thing, however, is certainly clear: starting the day off right is what sets Brett up for success in the long run
Standing at 5’8’&rsquo. With dark hair and an engaging smile, Brett began his personal yoga journey back in his early twenties while pursuing a business degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder
“I was already a certified personal trainer at the time, with a strong interest in exercise and movement

In college, my curiosity was successfully piqued when I discovered that the rec centre held relatively inexpensive eight-week yoga classes.

I went in with the intention of learning more about ‘stretching’”
But the realm of yoga had greater, unexpected plans for this determined young trainer
Following a near-death experience at age twenty-two that required major abdominal surgery from navel to sternum, Brett was left with a destroyed core and chronic musculoskeletal pain When multiple physical therapy visits failed to provide any substantial relief, he turned to both yoga and massage for healing
From that point onward, his approach to health was forever changed No longer a mere physical pursuit, Brett’s interest in yoga evolved to include the more subtle aspects of the practice—particularly meditation and breathwork
Now, as a fulltime yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, life coach. Personal trainer, Brett has accumulated nearly a decade’s-worth of teaching experience and certifications in multiple holistic areas of health and wellness

Successfully integrating both Eastern and Western traditions to his overall practice, those that know him well—especially his clients and students—would describe his guidance as strict. Approachable…and not without a dash of good humor.

With an established personal brand and developing business concept in mind, Brett’s mission is straightforward: to make the world a better place by helping people achieve overall health and personal happiness in their lives The following is a conversation I'd with Brett
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE YOUR STUDENTS WILL CULTIVATE IN PRACTICING WITH YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT THEM TO TAKE HOME?
Anyone can transform for the better All change starts in the mind. Visualise the life you wish to cultivate, then bring it into reality with small actions Consistency over time will reap positive results I remind my students on a daily basis to be at peace with where they’re at in the given moment, while also having the drive to push towards where they’d like to be
Don’t take life too seriously We're all tiny specks of dust in the grand scheme of the universe. Don’t waste your precious time constantly worrying It’s okay to be a work in progress, just remember to always be in progress!
AS BOTH A YOGA TEACHER AND MASSAGE THERAPIST, DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY ON ACHIEVING OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Get the foundations down. The body will harmonise in return
It begins with sleep This is, without a doubt, one of the master keys of health It’s during deep sleep when the body rests, repairs. Restores itself Not only does sleep affect your mood, it also enhances your energy levels Get enough of it. You’ll for sure be in tune with your circadian rhythm. Wake up feeling more energized
But sleep is just one piece to the puzzle From there, several other factors must also be considered:
1 Breathing
Breath is a crucial foundation for achieving overall wellness We breathe about 23,000 breaths per day If you’re breathing improperly, it can create tension and lead to higher stress levels On the other hand, if you’re breathing correctly, you’ll notice a more even pattern of airflow It'll help calm the body. Give a subtle massage to the organs&mdash. Great for digestive purposes! Breathwork truly is a small hinge that swings large doors

2.

Posture
When your body is in line with gravity, everything else become easier If you make the conscious effort to sit upright, you’ll definitely have more energy throughout the day
3 Nutrition
It’s all about balance Everyone’s body is different, therefore it’s important to eat right for your type Fast food can be an occasional treat The bulk of what we eat should consist of fresh produce, which means an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables

My rule of thumb is that the closer something is to being alive when you eat it, the better it's for you.

In addition, be sure to get plenty of healthy fats and good cholesterol in your system–this is absolutely essential for your body’s health
One final note, pay attention to how you feel after eating This is critical

You want to feel mentally and physically energized by the food you eat.

Think of food as both fuel and medicine If what you eat makes you feel sluggish, it might be due to eating too much or consuming ingredients that you possibly have a mild intolerance to Listen to your body
4 Thoughts
This is where meditation saves the day Your thoughts affect your worldview and personal perspective If you can practice overall awareness. Mindfully see the good out of a difficult situation, your entire outlook on life changes
HOW DO YOU UTILIZE YOUR YOGA PRACTICE OFF THE MAT?
During my yoga practice, I strive to be fully aware of my body, its alignment. Its sensations I incorporate this into my life by being present in the given moment. Out of my head as much I can throughout the day
This cultivated presence is also directed towards my breathing
Breath is an incredible tool for regulating our moods and any stress that may pop up Utilising slower, complete diaphragmatic inhales helps me keep calm and relaxed In addition, mindfulness prevents that all-too-common inner critic from being overactive I try to let go of negative thought patterns. Instead think of things that'll inspire and motivate me to be my best self, as I go about all necessary tasks
So, in a nutshell: presence, breathing. Awareness
NAME THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEEPLY IMPACTED YOUR LIFE
First and foremost, my older sister, Kimberly

She’s absolutely incredible.

Not only has she successfully gone on to raise a child after getting pregnant at a young age, she simultaneously pursued college—all the way up to receiving her PhD Now married with three more children, she works a fulltime job for the government, runs her own nonprofit to help fight human trafficking. Is the author of two published books It’s simply inspiring to witness. For me as a single guy, it lights a fire under me to be all that I can in reaching my highest potential
Next would be one of my personal mentors, Paul Chek Oh, where to even start with this guy…he’s an absolute genius! I’ve learned so much from him through his videos and blogs over the years And as of recent, I’ve been lucky enough to study with him in person through his holistic lifestyle coaching program He brings a plethora of holistic knowledge to the table. Does an incredible job at harmonizing different modalities. Successfully mixing them into one big teaching A true role model to the core, he practices what he preaches. I emulate this as much as I can in my own life
And, of course, Ryan Holiday , who instilled in me a curiosity for learning and reading at a young age
HOPES FOR THE FUTURE: WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS IN DEVELOPING YOUR BRAND AND BUSINESS?
My long-term goal is to run holistic wellness retreats with an established centre to organise them But in the meantime, I plan on putting out more digital content in order to make what's commonly viewed as high-end holistic coaching services available to populations that don’t necessarily have the resources to pay for private sessions
In regards to massage therapy and yoga, I’ll be developing educational classes in those particular realms, as well as continue to connect and collaborate with practitioners in a variety of other holistic fields My hopes are that my own personal learning and growth will directly translate into what my company, Tuneus LLC, offers in the future

And, of course, I always do what I can to help make the world a healthier and happier place.

One step at a time
Namaste
Interested in picking Brett’s mind on a deeper level? Follow him at Tuneuscom or the following: @tuneuswellness –Instagram, Tuneus –Facebook. Tuneus –YouTube Amanda Cruz Amanda Cruz is a freelance writer, editor and certified yoga teacher Holding a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her passion for the written word runs deep Starting out as a prelaw student, her direction eventually unfolded into the realms of health and wellness, through the art of storytelling An avid lover of adventure, Amanda makes nature her playground. Movement her medicine Now, as a fulltime freelancer, you’ll find her behind a keyboard crafting content in topics ranging from meditation to circadian rhythm–inquiring and pondering along the way As an editor, she enjoys adapting to multiple projects and mediums Need literary guidance on a novel. Thesis development for an academic article? Challenge accepted! When not glued to her desk or locked to a book, Amanda will be cutting through slopes on her snowboard or traversing up mountains

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