We had the good fortune of connecting with Desi Bartlett MS CPT E-RYT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Desi, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
In the world of health and fitness, there is always a new platform to share our voices. I started back in the day of DVD’s and have moved from DVD’s, to online content with Beachbody, and now my own channel on YouTube. The fun part is that we are now able to reach folks live in the comfort of their own home on social media and I also teach with my fitness partners Nicole Stuart and Andrea Orbeck on Instagram live. Given the events in the world right now, the ability to work with people virtually came at a time that we can truly make an impact and help keep people healthy inside and out.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have been in fitness and yoga for over 25 years and feel incredibly lucky to do what I love every day. While I was pregnant with my first son, I started a company called Mothers into Living Fit and have starred in 10 DVD’s as well as being the pre and post natal yoga teacher on Beachbody on Demand. I also wrote a book called “Your Strong Sexy Pregnancy” that is available in the US, Europe, and Asia. As a passionate yoga teacher and business owner I also designed a beautiful, eco friendly round yoga mat for manduka yoga that is safe for moms and babies to practice yoga on. I would like everyone to know that sometimes it takes a decade to get a project launched, while others come to fruition in just a few months. I had the experience of bringing a product to market and like most first iterations, it needed some work. With the round yoga mat, it took 10 years to perfect it and to find the right partner and I am so happy that I was persistent and patient. I am also incredibly thankful to have an amazing corporate partner in manduka yoga. There will always be challenges in any project, but what has served me most in this industry is a combination of perseverance and optimism. I see the glass as half full and I joyfully look for solutions to problems. I have found that many people are more than happy to help when your attitude reflects a sincere desire for the highest good, for everyone to win.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since the beginning of the pandemic, it was challenging to find spots in the city that were open and safe with regards to social distancing. My family and I found some amazing treasures in nature. I highly recommend Corral Canyon in Malibu followed by lunch outdoors (or to go) at Taverna Tony’s at Cross Creek. Take the scenic route home on PCH and it is a perfect California afternoon.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been incredibly lucky to have the support of a strong tribe of female friends. Natiya Guin is a dear friend of mine that has photographed me for 4 separate yoga magazine covers, she also shot all of the photos in my book, “Your Strong Sexy Pregnancy,” and she appeared in my prenatal yoga workout DVD. Also on the list of amazing and fierce female friends is my soul sister Lori Bregman, a gifted doula and author has always supported me both personally and professionally and in addition to being my doula for both of my sons, she also wrote the foreword to my book. Lori also introduced me to two of my new favorite friends that I am collaborating with on some really fun fitness projects, Nicole Stuart and Andrea Orbeck. We are all passionate about what we do and supportive of one another. Having a strong tribe of friends and collaborators is truly a gift.
Other: IG Live classes Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm pacific with desi bartlett and nicole stuart also Sundays at 11:30AM pacific with Andrea Orbeck