Briohny Smyth: in her own element. {Other videos}

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 15, 2012
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“…And most importantly, breathe.”

Some defend it, some appreciate it, some are “triggered” by it. I found it simply beautiful—powerful.

Whatever our view, the Equinox Yoga video has done more to export yoga into the mainstream than any yoga practice demonstration in history.

Still, I thought it interesting, happening across these other videos when I used google “Briohny yoga” to spellcheck Briohny’s name…to see her in a more simple, personal, and less commercial context.

Because, whatever our view, let’s remember Briohny is human, and our judgment (right or wrong, or more likely a bit of both) shouldn’t enable us to forget that there’s a feeling human behind our comments and arguments.

Writing from the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco, where many intelligent, respectful discussions continue. It’s the buzz of the conference. ~ Waylon, ed.


New: how to do those handstands in the Equinox video: “learning to fall out of it is a good way to get over the fear.”


Briohny, with her fiancé (the gent some noticed in the Equinox yoga video):


Bonus! She’s been a star for years:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


15 Responses to “Briohny Smyth: in her own element. {Other videos}”

  1. No wonder she's famous: she's MEANT to be 🙂

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  2. Philosophy and the ability to reinvent oneself; good points….that means flexibility, and I don't mean in an asana 🙂 The ability to adapt can only come from a strong foundation….but I think it's a bit unfair to put too much onto Briohny…she got paid to do a job for a company, simple….no one could have predicted what would come from it…..

  3. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    LOVE this – these videos are brilliant. xoxo

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  4. I'm sure there's a channel for that…

  5. Jen says:

    I learned a lot of those moves in acrobatics classes when I was in my 20s way back in the 80s. It is not necessarily yoga and not necessarily that difficult to accomplish if you have been gifted with a particular body type and ease for balancing. You have to work at it, but not so much as you might imagine. Learning how to sit in stillness, however…that is the ultimate, ongoing, challenge, at least for me.

  6. Vision_Quest2 says:

    All right, the whole world knows about this:

    Sometimes, it IS all right to be average. It really is all right.

    I have had bad teachers (not particularly experienced) in the past who thought my relatively massive bulk equalled strength. It doesn't. It's bones from ancient peasant stock, not muscles. This is why I love a home practice.

  7. craigholliday says:

    I think it would be great if we could all relax. I also am a teacher and got my but kicked by public criticism and projection this week. Some of the criticism was true and good for me to look at and respond to. But much of what was said and how it was said did not benefit anyone; those saying it and the one receiving it. As a teacher I am realizing that I also have a public persona, and the more that my actions are in alignment with the teachings, the less likely i am to spark criticism. And at the same time, I know that i am very much a human and fall and make mistakes just like anyone else. Can we offer that same humility and openness to Briohny, and allow her to be human as well?

  8. elephantjournal says:

    Amen. Gassho, brother. We love to criticize one another from behind our laptop and PC screens…but community takes more than that.

  9. Vision_Quest2 says:

    Maybe not quite the sangha, like these people… … but there can be space for us yoga-fusion types … wherever we infiltrate …

    Teachers know that they are out there and need rhino skin … they can't control the reactions of their public unless they are on Facebook Timeline … or their own blog … or have the Gestapo for blogsite moderators like I do …

  10. Manas says:

    So Fantastic.

  11. I think the misunderstanding about yoga is just like those who throw the bible down a person's throat….do it my way or no way at all. For someone who is relatively new to yoga..surprised how much you know of "the ones who paved the way" I didn't know them when I started yoga.

    The amazing thing about Yoga is that there are so many out there we make it all about our own yoga…as Judith Lasater wrote a book…LIVING YOUR YOGA…

    now hurry up and catch up with the rest of us…applaud…and encourage..too much time was wasted on imposing your yoga for someone else….

  12. When I saw this video last month I fell in love with yoga even more. As a 37 year old, it made me feel even more in awe about my own life and how much more amazing it can be. Though I look nothing like her doing what she did, but I do my practice I feel like how she looked.
    Its funny how controlling yogis have become because of someone doing their own yoga… Isn't that what yoga is about..OUR OWN YOGA…
    I applaud the gym for even having an amazing light to make people feel what they are about… When I watched a yogi who was 57 do a yoga fusion of her own, it brought tears to my eyes the endless possiblities of our yoga…

    People need to work on control issues…

  13. Vision_Quest2 says:

    Just remember three (3) things:

    1- Guard for manipulation of your emotions by advertisers and many commercial interests, second-guessing that MANY or MOST women will identify with this in any way … or will be swayed by this to BUY …
    2- Being average is OK … really, it is. Mastery is a subjective feeling that does not need to be knocked off your head like William Tell shooting down the apple … there is a reason Garrison Keillor and his world of Lake Wobegon has been popular …
    3- There is no "there" there …

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