We had the good fortune of connecting with Bria Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bria, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I have always considered myself risk-averse. So taking risks has always been foreign to me. With being a first generation and having a family background stemming from the West Indies, I was always taught to play it safe. With that being said, one can begin to understand the fear which originates from making moves that differs from ‘playing safe’. The day I decided to leave my corporate job was one of the hardest and scariest days of my life. My main concern was how would I pay my bills, how will I pay for my yoga training, pay for anything? You can see that ALL my fears were surrounded by money, which is a red flag. What I mean by this is, we can not let the fear of lack of money, stop us from stepping into, or becoming the person which we are truly meant to be. By doing this, you will only be doing yourself a disservice. You are also failing at fully taking on the experience of this life which we were gifted. We get so caught up in our busy schedules, and financial burdens that we forget the life we live is very precious and we need to make every breath count towards striving to be our best selves. Striving to go after everything that we ever dreamed and wanted because it IS very possible, but without the belief, effort, and continuously feeding into our fear, we will never get that chance, thus taking for granted the life and breath which we are blessed with.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Yoga Instructor. I am most proud of the level of seriousness in which I have for teaching yoga. Within the yoga world I see so much teaching that fails to offer correct alignment, and that is my specialty, and what I pride myself for most. I want to make sure that each person who practices with me is able to feel the benefit of each yoga pose that we explore, in the safest way possible. I also pride myself on giving the space for each student to dig deep into their mind and find their strength, deeper than they thought they could. We are all human, and we are all connected in every way. We all deal with pain and resistance. I utilize breath to work past that resistance and aid you to endurance. This journey has definitely taught me to continue to go after what you want, no matter what obstacles you face. Just make sure to face them head on. My belief system, and what I want everyone who reads this is to always remember to stay consistent, consistency is the key to success. There is no other secret or cheat code. Also, remember the level of success varies for each person as well. Do not compare your journey or level of success to others, this path and life is ONLY for you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely love the beach and enjoying a restaurant by the beach. I find peace at the beach. I also would recommend checking out a few museums, like the Getty Museum, the CAAM, National History, and Science Center. I absolutely love to hike, so hiking either in Pacific Palisades, Malibu, or Palos Verdes is a must! Assuming that it is a hot day, an outside mall would be nice to swing by as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Reading multiple books has definitely projected me on my journey to leave what doesn’t serve me, and accept what serves me. These books, are The Four Agreements, The Power of Now, Three Magic Words, and Master Your Emotions.
I have an amazing group of friends who I love and have known for years. We lean on each other for our support systems and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to lean on. We are all entrepreneurs ourselves and all decided to go on the journey and living our lives for us, and doing exactly what we want to do, no matter what. My friends, Briel, Kayla, Earl, Courtney, and Autumn are amazing souls, that I love dearly and each play a part in helping our ecosystem which we created of love and support.
Even though my parents were not complete fans of me leaving my job, they were extremely supportive of my goals and dreams of becoming a teacher, and in some ways a healer of mind and body through yoga, and i am so thankful for them for allowing me the space and time to execute, and continue on my own journey. Thank you, and I love you both so much.