BEE CREEL

Hometown? Annapolis, Maryland

Favorite music artist or band? Right now, Bryson Tiller and Trey Songz have got me feeling all the feels. A few weeks ago, Drake's More Life album actually gave me more life. And I also could listen to James Vincent McMorrow all day any day. You could say I am easily swayed.

Dream vacation? Traveling is such a gift; an opportunity to experience something new. I would love to get to Greece or Spain in the next couple years. 

Favorite post yoga snack? Basically, I have an entire healthy Instagram dedicated to this (@bee_yourhealth). After yoga, I always want something nourishing, which usually means consuming as many nutrients as possible. Smoothie bowls are a fabulous go-to, but I'll always opt for something that's going to make me feel just as incredible as the yoga class.

A quote you love? "You can be in love with one thousand views and skylines and souls and minds at once. Don’t apologize for your burn, your passion, or your enthusiasm. enthusiasm propels the world. " -Victoria Erickson

Personal mantra? You are enough. You have always been enough. You will always be enough.

How did you get into yoga? To be completely honest, I started with Bikram yoga because I was under the impression that you sweat a lot. Translation: In my naive, high-school-influenced mind, I thought that would get me into shape. When I arrived to my first class, every student was a different size, shape, and ranging all the way up to 85 (not kidding). I knew right then and there that there had to be something more than just physical shapes, something that kept these people practicing for decades of their lives. The 105 degrees, 90 minute series had me hooked after the final savasana.

Favorite time of day to get your practice in? I rise with the great big, beautiful sun (even though most of the time I am awake when it is still dark out! Where are my 5am early risers?). Starting my day by loving myself—whether that's with a yoga class, taking precious time to make a glorious breakfast, or journaling to connect deeper—has been the most powerful change I have made to my life. I believe it to be the key to happiness.

What's your favorite part of Y7? Whenever I think of Y7, I think "namaste," (or maybe it's "nama-slay"). All kidding aside, when I practice at Y7, I can actually feel the light in me shining through and when I get to teach, I am able to see that same light in others. Y7 gives you the ability to create space wherever you feel stuck in your life. Maybe it has something to do with hip hop music, which empowers you with confidence and strength to take on anything life throws your way. Maybe it's the candle light, which hands you the courage to know that it's ok to fall out of tree pose or look silly in crow pose. Maybe it's the fact that the Y7 method inspires you with a yoga sequence, then motivates you to take that sequence to the next level by flowing on your own. On any given day, Y7 makes me appreciate what my body can do, instead of what it can't. And for that, I am eternally grateful.