This month for our YogiSpotlight we had the opportunity to hang out with Skylor Powell who is a yoga instructor and studio manager at SE Portland's CorePower. As a buyer for her studio in SE Portland CorePower, she helps us out in our office to currate her favorite yoga clothing for practice.
Skylor Powell is a sweet hearted mid-western girl who is hilarious and fun. We adore this girl's style and passion for teaching, so we had to share her with you!
Skylor Powell's Interview with Evolve:
Skylor's style is full of super soft solids mixed with a touch of funk and pattern.
She took the time to share some of her favorite Evolve finds with us, and now you can SHOP HER LOOK including all the items featured in this blog, and in the video!
When I first got this beautiful YogiWheel from the generous folks at Evolve Fit Wear, I was absolutely thrilled. For months I had been crushing on yoga wheels and the amazing things that people were able to do with them from training themselves to press up to Handstand to some amazingly balance tricks. I couldn't wait to try it out for myself. There was only one problem: I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time.
What's beautiful, worn by a-list celebrities like Jessica Alba, Kourtney Kardashian, and Taylor Swift, and has been featured on magazine covers like Shape? It's our newest brand, Lanston Sport. Lanston has been long known for their luxurious designs, attention to detail, sleek, sexy silhouettes, and downtown vibes with their line of fashion forward tees, but now their cross over into the world of activewear has taken that niche up a notch!
When designer Krisabelle Ann Tan caught wind of the staying power of athleisure wear, and noticed her line being used as athleisure and activewear, she did the next sensible thing. She created this line of luxury activewear, features pieces that range from high-intensity workout gear to everyday lounge pieces. Each piece from Lanston Sport screams designer activewear, and is made with quality that vouches for the higher price point.
This month for our Yogi Spotlight we are featuring Jill Knouse. Jill's kindness and energy is infectious. We knew she'd be a perfect pick for our Yogi Spotlight!
Jill is a yoga instructor at YogaPearl and other studios in the Portland Metro Area. She also leads trainings for current and aspiring yoga instructors through her company Elevate Yoga Trainings, and yoga retreats around the world. We managed to catch Jill in between a Yoga Conference in Seattle and a retreat she was leading in Nicaragua. We sat down for an interview and had her tell us how she came to yoga and what maintains her practice.
Jill's style is full of super soft and flattering solid pieces mixed with pops of subtle pattern and fun sayings.
She took the time to share some of her favorite Evolve finds with us, and you can now SHOP HER LOOK including all the items featured in this blog post and in the video.
This month for our YogiSpotlight we sat down with BurnCycle instructor Kira Campbell.
Born in Florida, Kira found her way up to Portland, OR, and fell in love with the green outdoor wonderland that is the Pacific Northwest. Kira is now the Director of Training and a Spin Instructor at BurnCycle Portland, where her classes are often described as "life affirming", "therapeutic", and "absolute fun". You can tell even after speaking with Kira for only a few minutes that she is an absolute ray of sunshine. Kira is also a total bad ass motorcycle babe, but far from being intimidating she is kind, sweet, and funny! Her outlook on life and conquering fear is inspiring, and will make you want to tackle the world with love and gratitude!
Kira Campbell's Interview with Evolve:
Kira has a great sense of style that is a perfect balance of edgy feminitiy.
She took the time to share some of her favorite pieces from Evolve, and now you can SHOP HER LOOK, and all the looks in this blog.Expand
I first met LA born yoga teacher and health coach, Rosie Acosta, in my 200 hr. YogaWorks teacher Training. She was our amazing co-teacher. Rosie always helped keep our sangha stay upbeat through tough training days with her bubbly and playful spirit. So, I was super excited to bring her into Evolve for a YogiSpotlight so that we could share this Portland gem with all of you!
Rosie! Intoduce yourself to us!
I’m an LA native, born and raised in a suburb outside of East LA. I esentially grew up and even went to college within an 8 block radius of the hospital where I was born. I live with Torry, my partner, we’ve been together over 10 years. We moved to Portland together about 2 and a half years ago. We have two frenchies named Rocky and Benny and a little Shih Tzu named Chewy.
Tell us your yoga love story!
I remember as a kid my mom put on the P.B.S. yoga in the morning. She’d wake up, turn that on, but she wouldn’t do the yoga. She’d just watch it on TV. A few years later my older sister began taking classes, and I became really curious about the different shapes and different movements. Finally in my early 20’s I started to practice consistently as a form of training for a marathon. I was in LA which is like the mecca of yoga, and I became very intrigued by the community and togetherness that I saw, but it took a couple more years for it to evolve into a deeper spiritual practice for me. I had begun taking classes consistently so I knew the shapes, and really began to enjoy what I was getting out of the practice. Then one day, my teacher said something about ‘being present, just being where you are, and accepting what is’, and I had been going through some tough things in my life, and it finally just clicked. I got it. My practice became so much more after that.
What made you want to become a teacher?
I don’t know yet! Hah! Honestly, yoga had started to infiltrate my life, and it became my medicine. At the time I was sick of doing what I had been doing. So, I began my teacher training to deepen my practice, and I really liked it. I did my teacher training through YogaWorks and that really served as an incredible base to start to teach yoga asana and philosophy, and it set the template for my career.
My passion was always to work with young impressionable people who could really use the practice to better their lives and feel connected. I grew up in East LA which wasn’t the safest place, so my big thing with yoga was to use it to help kids. I got involved with programs in LA to work with At Risk Youth and develop programs to bring into school, but it was difficult, and at that time I felt like I needed more training to deal with trauma effectively. Since then I’ve continued my training with this as a focus.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Kyra Anastasia, a long time yoga teacher and ayurvedic health coach. It was so inspiring to hear about this beautiful yogini's life and passions. I hope that you enjoy reading about Kyra as much as I enjoyed getting to know her!
Tell me about yourself:
I was born in Pennsylvania outside of Philly, and grew up in the countryside on a farm. I also spent some time in Washington DC. Most recently, I moved to LA for 5 years while teaching at Exhale, and one month ago I moved to Portland for the trees and healthier lifestyle. I fell in love with Portland after spending a summer here between college and grad school so I wanted to come back.
Tell me your yoga love story, how did you come to the practice?
Over two decades ago, I was in highschool and skiing in the Poconos. I ended up skiing off a cliff and landed on my back. I didn’t break anything, but I had a lot of internal bruising and was in a lot of pain. I started going to physical therapy, and it was beneficial, but my recovery wasn’t as fast as I wanted. It was then that I started taking yoga classes, and yoga saved my life. It put me on this path that I’ve been on for 22 years. It absolutely is a love affair because I really am in love with it, and I know that this is something I’ll do for the rest of my life.
One of the coolest things about being involved in the yoga community is getting to meet awesome inspiring yogis! We're bringing back our weekly Yogi Spotlight, which highlights some of these amazing men and women! This week I had the chance to sit down with local yogi, Chelsii C, to talk about all things yoga, bacon, and portland!
Tell me about yourself:
I‘ve lived in oregon since I was 8. I’ve been teaching yoga for 3 years and working at Core Power managing retail. It’s really a good mix of yoga and retail combined. In my spare time I like to go running, kayaking, hiking, and I’m also a president of a charcuterie club. Right now, my husband and I live in a floating home on the Columbia river, so I spend a lot of time around the water. I also really love wine, bacon, and rap music.
Three Ways to Win over her Heart Chakra If you have found yourself head over heels (quite literally) in downward facing dog or some intricate yoga posture trying to impress that bendy yoga girl in her bootylicious teeki hot pants, you may be doing it wrong, or simply trying too hard. Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be a yogi in order to date a yoga girl, you just have to remain open and receptive to all the quirks, perks, and eccentricities of her dynamic personality. That means when we talk about the stars (like the zodiac) don’t tell us to take our heads out of the clouds and when we talk about sex in a tantric way, don’t blush or become intimidated. Stay open, and we will too. A yoga girl will most likely throw your heart into a whirlwind of kaleidoscopic emotions. If you think you are ready to keep up with her emotionally and physically, you are on your way to one of the most passionate, spiritual and chakra-shaking love-affairs you will ever experience in this lifetime. So what does it take to win the over the vibrant heart of a yoga girl?
1. Don’t try too Hard or attempt to Dominate us Yes, so we are slightly, shall I dare say fanatical about our yoga practice and for the most part we are adept in basic yoga philosophy such as the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali and have at least read a spiritual text or two out of the Bhagavad Gita. If those words sound like gibberish, and you are currently chasing after a yoga girl, I suggest you learn at least some basic yoga terminology. You don’t however have to be a yoga guru to win the heart of your yoga girl and you don’t have to show off for us. First and foremost we just want authenticity and that goes hand and hand with humility.Expand