At Richmond Weddings, we believe that it’s important for brides and grooms to find the joy in wedding planning and their upcoming marriage instead of getting bogged down in the stress of logistics and planning. That’s why we are so happy to introduce you all to Bekah Holbrook, the founder and instructor of Ceremony Yoga! Ceremony Yoga is tailored to brides who need to find some relaxation during this busy time of their lives. Keep reading to learn more about Bekah & her practice!
In Sanskrit, Yoga means to add, to join or to unite. This 5,000 year old practice teaches us to link the breath with movement in an effort to unite with our true selves and ultimately with the divine. The unity you have created with your partner and which you will celebrate on your wedding day is one of the greatest joys of life; yet the process of planning a modern-day wedding can be stressful and sometimes disguises the true purpose of marriage.
Ceremony Yoga is for people preparing for their wedding day. Classes are specially designed to help you breathe deeply and reconnect to your inner self, giving you the strength and serenity you need during the wedding planning process or on the big day.
Led by Bekah Holbrook, RYT200, who teaches vinyasa classes with a strong focus on alignment, Ceremony Yoga is a safe space for people of all levels and all ages—even those new to yoga—to experience the life-giving practice of yoga.
How did you get started in this business?
I have practiced yoga for many years, and have found the practice of yoga to be so good for me, not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well. The practice of yoga has kept me balanced in moments when my life felt otherwise! So when I started teaching a few years ago, I realized that I wanted to share yoga with people, women in particular, who were experiencing life-changing events. I have walked alongside many of my friends as they have gone through the wedding planning process and have noticed that they often feel frazzled, stressed, scared, and worried. They tell me now that they wish they had done yoga during that time! That’s why I started Ceremony Yoga: to help brides get into their bodies and out of their heads, learn breathing techniques to stay calm and bond with friends and family during the bachelorette or wedding weekend.
What differentiates you from other businesses in your field?
There are very few businesses in Virginia that offer wedding yoga exclusively. My classes are customized with the bride to fit her needs, interests, group size, and prior experience with yoga. I provide mats and props and travel to the wedding or event location to teach. I want each bride to have a unique experience that really has an impact on her emotional and physical well-being.
Why do you like working with weddings?
The modern day wedding process can be very stressful, but I don’t think it has to be! If brides can learn to center themselves, they can enter this special time in their lives with more awareness, joy and sense of self. My hope is that this will prepare brides to experience greater peace during their wedding and learn to use yoga as a tool for staying centered and calm beyond the wedding day.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
The most challenging part of my business is the logistics—finding a space suitable for a class, and making sure that my class meets the needs of students of varying levels and ages. I try to manage as much of the logistics as possible so brides don’t have to worry about another thing!
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Do yoga! At least find some way to stay physically, mentally and spiritually healthy during your wedding planning process and beyond. Whether it’s yoga, running, prayer, music, hiking, or meditation, do something that helps you stay balanced and whole.
Where do you find inspiration or motivation?
I find inspiration in the carefree joy of children, in musical harmony and in the beauty of nature. Those things bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart!
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
When I’m away from work, I like to cook vegetarian food, spend time with friends and family, paint, play music, and of course, do yoga!
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I also work in the nonprofit sector helping children and youth succeed in life. And that I love peanut butter and chocolate anything!
Thank you, Bekah, for answering our questions! If you’d like to learn more about Ceremony Yoga, please visit www.ceremonyyoga.com.