Meet the 2017 Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassadors Before They Take Off

Last year’s Live Be Yoga Tour was so inspiring, we’re doing it again—only this time it’s all about capturing a snapshot of the unique yoga culture in each city we visit. To help us out: our intrepid new ambassadors, Rosie Acosta and Brant Williams.
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Last year’s Live Be Yoga Tour was so inspiring, we’re doing it again—only this time it’s all about capturing a snapshot of the unique yoga culture in each city we visit. To help us out: our intrepid new ambassadors, Rosie Acosta and Brant Williams.
Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassadors 2017

Last year’s Live Be Yoga Tour was so inspiring, we’re doing it again—only this time it’s all about capturing a snapshot of the unique yoga culture in each city we visit.

To help us out: our intrepid new ambassadors, Rosie Acosta and Brant Williams. They’ll spend the next six months crisscrossing the country to meet and practice with fellow yogis in 22 different cities. Join them for some yoga if you can! But first, get to know them below.

Carin Gorrell:When did you first start practicing yoga?
Brant Williams: My first day of my freshman year of college. I signed up for yoga class thinking it would be an easy A, but I quickly realized that the days that started with yoga were always better than the ones that didn’t.
Rosie Acosta: I started as a teenager as a way to deal with stress and anxiety.

CG:Why were you inspired to apply for the LBY Tour?
RA: I met the ambassadors on the tour last year and followed it the entire time. What they did was so moving and inspiring; I wanted to be involved. As a teacher, I know how important it is to see how vast and beautiful the yoga community is.

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CG: How do you hope the Live Be Yoga Tour impacts your personal practice?
RA: I think it will continue to broaden my perspective on what yoga means to different people. It’s extremely important to be able to connect with each other in such a way that we can see our similarities as opposed to our differences.

CG:Where on the tour route are you most excited to visit?
BW: Austin, Texas. There’s not much I won’t do for good barbecue.

CG:What is your favorite pose and why?
BW:Balasana (Child’s Pose). It’s grounding, comforting, and humble. I can close my eyes and ground my forehead, which makes it easier for me to concentrate on what’s going on inside rather than what’s going on around me.
RA:Sukhasana (Easy Pose). I practice yoga asana to be able to sit comfortably for meditation, because that’s where all the magic lives.

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