MEET AHNU'S INSPIRATIONAL YOGA AMBASSADORS

Each month we feature an ambassador who inspires us, their students, and the community.

 

Adesina Dowers , Ahnu Yoga Ambassador

When Adesina “Addy” Dowers first unrolled her mat in a Brooklyn Bikram Yoga studio, she had no idea where that single decision would lead her.

After that first sweaty dance, yoga quickly became a balancing element to the stress of being an Entertainment Publicist. Knowing her true calling would take her far away from home, Addy decided to say a final adios to the NYC grind and moved to Berkeley. It was there she became a certified yoga teacher and eventually led teacher trainings for CorePower Yoga.

Recently named an ambassador to Ahnu and Lululemon Athletica, Addy’s known around the Bay for her big smile, infectious laugh and teaching rocking, upbeat classes that challenge you, support you and remind you not to take yourself too seriously- all set to a killer playlist!

Adesina decided now was the time and Oakland was the place to create her own yoga home and build a community of like-minded individuals who love to move and dance more than they like to judge and "should" all over you- and BOOM Hot Spot Yoga Oakland was born! Catch her teaching this summer at Wanderlust Squaw Valley or come for a class at Hot Spot Yoga Oakland!

More about Natalie
Facebook: facebook.com/hotspotyo
Instagram: @missadesina
Twitter: HotSpotYogaOak
Website: hotspotyo.com
Studio: Hot Spot Yoga Oakland
530 24th Street #100, Oakland, CA 94612 (phone: 510.812.0118)

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
Desperation got me on my mat. I was a brand new publicist trying to make her bones and somehow I ended up in my own Devil Wears Prada moment. I was so stressed and found running and lifting at the gym weren't cutting it- I knew I'd never make it (in public relations or life) if i didn't find a place to get untangled and re-center. An old friend of mine, Ariel, suggested I try yoga and the rest is history.

As for why I started teaching- my mother told me I'd be a teacher since I was a little bitty Addy. I fought her on it. So you can say I became a teacher because my mother told me. Why yoga teacher? I left NYC because I wanted to be part of "the solution" of what's ailing this world today. My entire life transformed because of my practice, how can I not want to share this gift with the world! I'm all about the ripple effect!

What goals do you have for your future?
This has been such a big year for me in terms of goal crushing, three of my biggest goals were to open my own yoga studio, teach at wanderlust and lead an international retreat. Here I am, and I've opened my own yoga studio, teaching at Squaw Valley in July and I'm taking a group to Tulum in January! I'm ready to raise the stakes- I'd like to open several yoga studios, teach at Wanderlust Brooklyn and lead international yoga retreats a few times a year! Bring it on!

What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
Since my family is all back east, I've found something else to appreciate during the holidays. I love that everything is lit up and sparkling at this time of year. I generally believe life is better when you rock a pop of color and let your light shine extra bright. It's nice that the rest of the world agrees with me for the season!

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Ha! That’s a tie between sky diving and cashing in my savings to open up my own yoga studio. Both of those are those "all in" moments. Those were both big jumps in my life!

What advice would you give to someone just beginning to practice yoga?
So many things to say! I'll pick 2:
1. Suffering is optional in yoga and life- Let it feel good. It doesn't have to hurt to be good for you.
2. Breathe and know you are doing great! Everyone is a beginner at some point!

Tell us something most people don't know about you!
I've been deported! Come visit the studio and I'll tell you the story!