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Name: Christa Fairbrother (Bee Content Yoga)

Christa Fairbrother began on her path to teaching yoga as a farrier, shoeing horses in a hunched-over position for hours on end each day. She took a yoga class to help with her back, and ended up integrating the practice into her daily routine. Later, despite significant health conflicts, she continued her practice and found that it helped her maintain a relatively pain-free life. She then decided to further explore yoga. She joined a teacher training program, not knowing if she would actually become a teacher or not. Now, Fairbrother uses her experience to teach yoga especially catered to those with various health challenges. Her programs include both private sessions and group classes, with a focus on aquatic practice.

Years in Tampa Bay

14

Hustle (job)

Yoga Instructor.

What do you do?  

I provide private sessions and group aqua yoga classes, especially for people living with arthritis.

Why do you do it?

I had arthritis for more than 20 years before my diagnosis and had a hard time reconciling everything I'd achieved with all my joint damage. I gave my lifelong yoga practice the credit, so now I help other people use the tools of yoga to manage their health. Aqua yoga is my focus because it is kind to people's joints and is so accessible. It's an easy way to start a yoga practice, it allows people who've lost a land practice to continue, and it challenges people with an active land practice to explore their bodies in new ways.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

After having two kids and experiencing some health challenges I wanted to go back to working but there weren't a lot of part-time options in my field. I decided, after 20 years of a continuous yoga practice, it was time to take it to the next level and enrolled in yoga teacher training. I love what I do now.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

That aqua yoga is only for seniors. It's a huge balance challenge, builds body awareness, and relieves stress – which everyone needs. It's also super supportive and relaxing for pregnant women.

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

Balancing work, family, and my health. I love Wonder Woman but I have to keep myself a little more humble.

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

It's all about connection.

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