This Yogi Will Teach You How To Love Your Body No Matter What!

Brigitte Kouba has made it her mission to inspire women of all shapes and sizes to love their bodies and become stronger!


Gigi Yogini

Brigitte Kouba, also known as Gigi Yogini, is on a mission:  to inspire women of every age, shape and size to love their bodies.  An LA-based yoga teacher, ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and a regular contributing writer for MindBodyGreen, she also leads retreats in Costa Rica, where she encourages women to nurture themselves in beautiful surroundings and scenery.  Here, Brigitte answers our Proust Fitness Questionnaire and tells us how she works out and who is her greatest inspiration!

What kind of fitness/exercise do you do now regularly?

I really love to live an active lifestyle. So I do cross training twice a week, hike with friends, walk my dog and practice yoga.

What new sport/exercise would you like to do in this lifetime?

I’ve always been an athlete and I’d love to start doing beach volleyball again. I live close to the courts and it’s a fun thing to do with friends.

What is your idea of a perfectly ‘fit and healthy’ day?

Rising early. Walking the dog. Taking a yoga class. Eating lunch with friends. Going to the spa for a steam shower. Hiking at sunset. Going to sleep early.

What is your biggest fitness and well-being obstacle ever?

I’ve broken a lot of bones and recovering from injury is always a battle. Most recently, I severely sprained my ankle and didn’t take the time I needed to recover and now I’m dealing with chronic pain.

What is your greatest motivation to get out the door and moving?

I like to sign up for morning classes the night before so there’s a financial motive in addition to making fitness plans with friends.

What is your all-time greatest fitness-related achievement?

I hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite and back in a day. That was fun. And I successfully ran a half marathon even though I never really considered myself to be a runner.

What would you say to people who have not yet discovered the mental and physical benefits of a regular fitness regime?

Our bodies were made to move and you deserve to see what you’re made of.

What is the best fitness/well-being advice you’ve ever received?

Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent.

Who has inspired fitness in you? And how will you inspire others to be fit this year?

My mom has always been an inspiration. She’s the one who introduced me to yoga and used to host a fitness group of her best friends at our house every week. She showed me that it can be a way of life rather than a chore. Because of her inspiration, I try to set the example for others by doing the same.

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