Seattle Yoga News is on a mission to find and highlight all of the hidden, and maybe not so hidden, gems in our yoga community and beyond. We want you to learn about their experiences and perspectives, but also a bit more about their personalities, so we have a few fun questions for them. This week’s spotlight is turned towards Irie Love.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH YOGA?

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Irie Love:

My yoga journey began probably about 20 years ago when I took my first class. I don’t remember exactly where or when that was. I’ve lived in 4 countries and traveled most of my life. I’ve definitely been practicing off and on for at least 20 years. Yoga has always been very therapeutic for me.

WHAT KIND OF TRAININGS HAVE YOU PURSUED?

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Irie Love:

I looked into doing my 200hr at 8 Limbs on Capitol Hill. I loved their inclusivity and variety of offerings. But, after speaking to one of my favorite yoga teachers Casey Peterson recommended Greta Hill and Rasa Yoga, i met with Greta, they offered me a scholarship and I took the plunge, without hesitation, to do my first 200 RYT training!

HOW HAS YOGA INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE AND WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON?

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Irie Love:

Yoga is a way for me to access my inner spiritual being. A physical portal to connect with spirit. It keeps me balanced on all planes; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is a conductor for healing and release.

 

HOW DID IT FEEL LIKE TO MOVE ALL THE WAY TO SEATTLE TO PURSUE YOUR FITNESS CAREER?

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Irie Love:

Moving is always an adventure I love to take, but Seattle was NEVER on my radar. The fitness job that brought me here ended up becoming my first professional experience in racial discrimination, but that painful experience was the catalyst for my dive into Yoga Training. So I am very grateful for Seattle. My family has many lineages native to this area from both my mother and father’s families. I am learning and growing and healing so much here!

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAVE FACED AS A WOC AND YOGA TEACHER?

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Irie Love:

I would have to say my racial discrimination experience has been the most visibly painful thing I’ve experienced as a WOC. As a WOC Yoga Teacher, I feel honored to share the lost teachings of our ancestors to my community. I enjoy being a voice and representative for BIPOC in all the spaces I occupy.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED AS A YOGA STUDENT? AND HOW ABOUT AS A TEACHER?

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Irie Love:

My most inspirational experience thus far has been taking Michelle Johnson’s SKILL IN ACTION workshop. It was very eye-opening for me in terms of the amount of racism I learned is still very prevalent in the yoga world. I knew I wanted to be a part of the movement to dismantle racism in yoga especially and the only way I could do that was from within.

WHAT HELPS YOU GET BACK ON YOUR YOGA MAT WHEN YOU ARE FEELING DEMOTIVATED?

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Irie Love:

I remind myself of how I’ve never got off my mat with a feeling of regret; that i am transformed every time and I am always seeking the healing that transformation can give me.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA RELATED BOOK?

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Irie Love:

The Body Keeps the Score.

OTHER THAN PRACTICING YOGA, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR WELLNESS & SELF-CARE HABITS?

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Irie Love:

Intermittent Fasting. Nature Recharges i.e. hiking, lake swim, ocean swims. Mostly Plant-Based. Lots of Water. HIIT and strength training.

WHO IS THE YOGI WE SHOULD FEATURE NEXT?

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Irie Love:

You should feature Abiola (Trap Vinyasa). She is a pillar in the BIPOC and body positivity movement and one of the most intelligent beings i have ever met.

Irie Love’s Bio: Irie Love is a BIWOC born and raised in Hawaii. She spent most of her life as a full-time singer, touring, traveling and living all over the world, since 1999. She moved to Portland in November 2017 to work at Cycle Bar as an instructor and then Seattle in November 2018 pursuing a full-time fitness career! Now a Certified Personal Trainer, RYT 200 Rasa Yoga and Cycle Instructor, she is still making music whenever she feels inspired. Fitness has always been a big part of her life. Growing up, she competed in Canoe Paddling, Track & Field, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and even Powder Puff Football from Elementary school all the way through her College years!
Now combining her love of Music and Fitness to bring you an Empowering class that will motivate you throughout your wellness journey. Her mission is to Empower and Inspire through Movement and Music. Activate your utmost potential with Irie Love!
Keep up with her on Twitter and Instagram : @irieloveyoga @thisisirielove DM with any questions, comments, song requests or concerns!