Get to Know Bea Whitton

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Originally from the Northeast, Bea Whitton grew up in Connecticut, went to college in Vermont and then spent a few years in New York City before taking a leap and moving West to Jackson, Wyoming where she teaches yoga at Pursue Movement Studio. Though she had always been a strong athlete and started practicing yoga in college, she didn’t become hooked on it until she moved to Manhattan. There, yoga became a way for her to decompress from stress and a sedentary desk job.

Bea started to build a practice, attending yoga classes religiously. She was amazed at the effects the practice had on her body and daily life. For years she had been drawn to lots of different athletic endeavors and modalities, but this was the first time she had found something that allowed her to simultaneously move and exercise her body while also clearing her mind. She found that mindfulness on the mat started to transcend into her day-to-day life. She felt more selfless, calm, and centered. After this epiphany, Bea knew she was destined to teach.

She earned her certification in Vinyasa yoga at Yoga Vida Studio in Manhattan and gained a few years of experience teaching. Drawn deeper, she traveled to Rishikesh, India, to live and study at an Ashram. There she studied with Guru Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva-Ji) and accumulated 100 hours of yoga training. Studying with a well-regarded Indian Guru and learning the authentic teachings in the birthplace of yoga was especially gratifying for Bea. Though she is a teacher, she reminds herself daily, she is always a student, and likes to attend at least two to three yoga classes per week taught by other instructors, constantly looking for ways to grow and learn.

Bea has a consistent home practice and tries to meditate daily. A certified indoor cycling and megaformer instructor, Bea feels it is important to diversify one's athletic pursuits and move the body differently. She loves incorporating a focused and aware mind-body connection in all aspects of life.

She is drawn to Vinyasa yoga, as it is the more athletic take on the practice. She teaches Yoga Sculpt, Power Yoga, and Hot Flow. She loves pushing her body, safely of course, and then takes the time to cool down and appropriately stretch the muscles engaged. That being said, as a student, she loves a nice restorative practice with really long holds in comforting positions.

When not on the mat, you can find Bea hiking and traveling in and around Jackson.