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Meet Trailblazer Linette Bullock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linette Bullock.

Linette, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I played sports and had a regular training schedule growing up. I decided to look for something slow-paced for recovery and came across an old Yoga video. At the time, I underestimated the practice and all it represented. In fact, I didn’t know what Yoga was and thought it was mere stretching. What an awakening that was! I would not have guessed, I’d consider myself a lifelong student sometime in the future.

There was a time when I didn’t believe the practice was for me. In a practice where you should feel you belong, I did not find belonging. I began to notice the lack of diversity in studios and among instructors. Prices were through the roof! There was a sense of competition in classes I attended and found it hard to normalize and accept it. Ten years later, as an Instructor, I still think about what led me to feel that way and use those feelings to guide my teaching. Yoga is for everyone. This is what guides every decision I make. If it doesn’t support my intention to make wellness tools accessible to all, it has no place in my long term plan.

Mainstream media makes it difficult to empower the everyday athlete. In food commercials, motor oil is said to be used in place of pancake syrup. Glue is added to milk to enhance the consistency. Burger buns are photoshopped to remove wrinkles. The fitness industry is no different. Photos are grossly photoshopped to create a persona. This has led to invasive cosmetic procedures and many not feeling comfortable in their own skin. BosYogi is about celebrating where you are today… no matter what. Everyone is capable of doing something amazing and weight, cultural background and income bracket have nothing to do with it. I help the everyday athlete find and channel that power.

Once I started teaching, I learned that others felt the same way! They felt their body types made it impossible to practice, were affected by the lack of diversity, or simply knew nothing about the practice because it was not available in their community growing up. There is a lack of wellness tools available in low-income communities and it shouldn’t be that way. Again, Yoga is for everyone.

Looking to the future, I plan to teach all types of fitness disciplines. Yoga is more than movement and that’s what makes it special. The qualities you practice on and off the mat help shape your character. They promote unity, kindness and a deep sense of love of self and others. The world needs a little more love!

I help people live their healthiest lives and I am happy to do meaningful work. Wellness equals impact. I am honored to be a part of the wellness journeys my students embark on and look forward to reaching people from all walks of life!

Has it been a smooth road?
No, I knew because I was heavier than some of my students I’d have to prove my place to gain their trust. I opt to flow with my students as much as possible to show them at my size, I am able to do everything I instruct them to do with a smile on my face. This has shaped my teaching style.

Another challenge was reaching out to different venues to teach. I was rejected plenty of times but I’ve learned the worst someone can say is no. I celebrate my wins and learn from my losses. If you view your roadblocks as room to find new opportunities, you’ll be unstoppable.

We often hesitate to pursue our passions because of the lack of time, money and resources. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, think about what you can do with what you do have. Mindset is everything.

We’d love to hear more about BosYogi.
I teach flow based yoga classes all around the city and help make wellness tools accessible to everyone. I am proud of a four-week challenge I designed for new students. It teaches 10-12 fundamental poses, combining breath and movement, helping students apply them into sequences, and allowing them to explore their bodies. I challenge my students in the first session by saying by the end of our session you’ll learn 10-12 poses with proper alignment. They all look at me like I’m crazy! In the end, they find they’ve learned them and it builds a sense of confidence in themselves as well as trust in me as an instructor. I’d say my true drive for diversity by helping students truly customize their practice sets me apart. Do you want to flow to some metal today? Sure! Whatever brings you to a place of self-awareness and joyful practice is alright with me!

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I’d say in general, men have been viewed as trusted leaders in the past. Women have had to work twice as hard to be respected in their fields. I see a lot of change in this regard. I am fortunate enough to know other amazing ladies killing it in the fitness industry. The future is female!

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