How’s it going, Rebels? Welcome to our first Rebel Teacher Feature of the year! 

We’d like to introduce you to Rebel Yoga Instructor Brendan Plunkett. You may have taken a class with him or seen him around the studio, but now it’s time to get to know the man behind the vinyasa flow. Brendan was kind enough to share his energy with us and answer some questions about his life and his yoga journey! 

Brendan, tell me a little about yourself. → I‘m originally from Philadelphia but only recently moved back after spending two years studying with yoga teachers in State College, PA. When I’m not teaching yoga classes or working with clients as a personal trainer, I’m usually at home with my wife, Allie, and our two dogs. I teach yoga classes based in Lara Heimann’s “LYT Yoga Methodology,” which emphasizes promoting sustainability in asana practice by balancing the importance of strength, flexibility, and movement equally in the body.

What introduced you to your practice?I was first introduced to yoga through a roommate in college. His home practice fascinated me so much that I decided to sign up for a yoga gym class. I was lucky enough to have a really knowledgeable and passionate teacher who sparked my interest and gave me the “yoga bug.” Throughout college, I continued to practice, and it was only a few months after graduation that I was enrolled in my first YTT. This experience was life-changing for me, and I’m incredibly grateful for it and for the people I met. Since then, my teaching schedule has grown from subbing a couple of classes a week to teaching almost daily. 

What led you to Rebel?I was introduced to Rebel through another teacher here, Anne Williams. Anne was actually one of the first yoga teachers I ever had when we both lived in State College, so naturally when I moved to Philadelphia I sought her out. I found her teaching at the studio in Chestnut Hill and just loved the environment as well as the community immediately. The rest is recent history!

What are your ultimate visions for the future?Ultimately, I would like to be a part of a professional team that runs a “LYT Methodology Yoga Studio” in Philadelphia. It’s my dream to educate other yoga teachers about the things I have learned regarding physical anatomy, biomechanics, and facilitating sustainability in practice for their students. Yoga has had such a positive impact on my life, and I hope to share it with as many other people as I can.

How has your practice affected your life outside of the studio?My yoga practice has helped me to feel better and has truly facilitated my ability to be better from moment to moment. Although my practice first started on the mat, I am so thankful for the other aspects in which it has resonated with me. The friends that I have made, the connections that have been shared, and the promotion and application of mindfulness are just some of the ways my practice has affected my life outside the studio. All in all, yoga has given me a passion to uplift others because of the people in this community who uplifted me when I needed it most.

 

Thank you to Brendan for sharing with us. If you haven’t taken a class with him yet, be sure to check Rebel’s class schedule and get flowing with Brendan! We will continue to feature our teachers on our blog, so check back and get to know our wonderful community!!

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