Bad Yogi September Spotlight: Gabrielle Smith
You know those friends who you can ALWAYS count on to be there to be there for you; provide advice when you ask; and just listen when that’s all that’s necessary? That’s Gabrielle. Gabrielle joined the PB Program Members Only Group at the launch of PB Resolution, and the group has been a bit more supportive ever since. Gabrielle is always there to root someone on, or give that added bump of motivation needed for someone to get their yoga or strength training on.
Without further ado, let’s get to know the one, the only, Gabrielle Smith!
Q. What is your full name?
Gabrielle DeAnne Rhenea Smith
(pronounced like “Dionne” Warwick and “Renee”)
Q. What country/state are you from?
I am from Dallas, Texas, but I migrated just thirty miles west to Fort Worth, Texas where I have lived for about 12 years.
Q. How would your partner/closest friend describe you?
My husband would say that I am very loyal, very disciplined, and definitely a bit of a foodie.
Q. How do you find motivation when it feels like you have NONE?
My motivation mostly comes from my family. I think about my family and I can always make one more dinner, do one more workout, one more load of laundry . . .
Q. What do you think your purpose is?
To find joy in the blessing that is life, and create balance and stability within my family.
Q. Do you feel like you’re living it?
Q. If all good was “health food” & there were no negative health impacts, what would you eat every day of your life?
Ice cream, for sure. I almost said chocolate, but I could have chocolate in my ice cream and cover both bases.
Q.Chair pose for 1 minute or plank for 1 minute?
Plank, for sure. I love planks.
Q. What’s one fact that may surprise people, or that not many people know about you?
I am kind of an open book, so this one is pretty hard. I think some people might be surprised to learn that I did not get my drivers license until I was 23, and I failed the test the first time. When I took the test, parallel parking was required prior to the road test, and I panicked. I parallel park like a pro now! Lol.
Q. What do you wish you would see more of in the world?
I wish people would be more authentic. We are all human, we all have our flaws and faults, but the beauty and richness of life comes from learning from those things and accepting ourselves, but still moving forward. I feel that people feel pressured to put out these false versions of themselves in order to appear perfect or successful, but some failures and struggles are part of true success, for sure.
Q. What do you love/appreciate most about the Bad Yogi Community?
Honestly, the authenticity. That I can love yoga, but I can also love strength training. And a good cheeseburger, and chocolate… and not be judged for any of it.
Q. Why Yoga?
For me, the question is why not yoga? It has helped me to stretch my body and my mind. It helps me clear my head and master those mom acrobatics—like giving the kid a juice box behind the driver’s seat at a red light, or walking out of the grocery store with two kids and six grocery bags and not falling flat on my face. Seriously, though, yoga keeps me still when I need to be still, stretches me when I need stretching, and gives me awareness to know when I need either, or both.