For our FP Movement we’ve collaborated with Solow to create a line of fashionable and fun yoga pieces. With the launch of this collection, we get to know one of Solow’s ambassadors: Briohny Smyth. Her inspiration behind yoga is truly moving.
Briohny was introduced to yoga in Thailand in 1999. Very much a part of the entertainment industry from a young age, she struggled with Bulimia for 10 years. Briohny found yoga as a way to make time for herself and feel serenity in her life. Upon exploring various kinds of Hatha Yoga, she discovered inversions and arm balances, adding both physical and mental strength to her life.
Why did you start yoga?
I lived so deeply in my insecurities as a teenager that I believed the negative thoughts in my mind. I became so engrossed in my self-hatred that I only thought about myself. The Yoga Practice helped me get out of my head. The simple action of sitting and breathing saved my life. I realized that if I could focus on my breath for 5 minutes, then I was free from my insecurities for those 5 minutes. Five minutes of breathing slowly turned into 90 minutes of conscious breath linked with movement. I will never rid myself of negative thoughts, but now I can at least choose how I react to them… thanks to Yoga.
How does it stimulate and inspire you?
Most of us find Yoga as a way to move our bodies. Whether we start practicing in a Yoga studio, gym, the beach or a patch of green grass, we are lucky that Yoga is in our lives. Although there are many more facets to Yoga than just Asana, I have constantly seen this Yogasana Practice change people’s lives for good. And slowly but surely, the practice starts to show in how you breathe, eat, live, and connect with others.
My Yoga Practice inspires me every time I step onto my mat. Through a few Vinyasas or even just a seated meditation, I am reminded of the beauty around me. Life in the big city (or small city) can get you wrapped up in all sorts of distractions that pull your attention away from the present moment. Yoga reminds me to stop and appreciate what is around me; my family, friends, and fellow Yogis.
What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
I love the Yoga Practice as a whole, but there are definitely some poses that I favor over others. Handstand is a favorite, but nothing feels better than a sweaty Savasana. Traditionally, the asana was practiced as a way to be able to sit comfortably in meditation. Life these days is a little more “on the go”, so Savasana is an amazing opportunity to release ALL of your tension and just be completely present.