YOGA.com: You're inspiring so many people, including over half a million of followers on your Instagram account. What/who inspires YOU?
Kerri: So many people inspire me. I’m inspired by my followers who try my challenges every month. I love seeing all kinds of people from all over the world with different backgrounds, different fitness types try something new. It really encourages me when I see people who just try even though they have never done yoga or have never exercised. Its inspiring to watch people start their journey of self discovery.
YOGA.com: Do you see yourself as the celebrity "beach yoga girl"? What other identities are important in your life?
Kerri: I definitely don’t see myself as a celebrity. I am just a normal Mom and wife who teaches yoga and has half a million people watching on Instagram :). I started Instagram for myself - to inspire myself to practice more advanced asana and to relight the passion I have for art. I love photography and creating beautiful moments on film. I also love to teach so it came quite natural with the platform of Instagram to blend the two. I try not to really think about my “identity” and what that means because if I limit myself in terms of an identity then I feel like I can't grow. The most important identity that I can have is love. To be able to be recognized by love is more valuble that anything else in this world. I strive to share the message of hope and love that was give to me by the grace of God.
YOGA.com: If you were to decide on the three things you find most important in yoga practice, what would it be?
Kerri: The 3 most important things in my yoga practice is:
1. Acceptance - accept where you are today
2. Gratitude - be grateful where you are today
3. Dedication - dedicate yourself to overall wellness
YOGA.com: Do you ever diet?
Kerri: No, I don’t diet. I do occasionally fast, but I never diet.
YOGA.com: What is your general attitude towards dieting, yoga, and body image?
Kerri: I don’t like diets because they are temporary. I like to tell people to make diet changes. I think if people tried to take out just one unhealthy thing they eat out of their diet every 6 months, in a few years they would completely change their eating habits in a healthy way. Most people including myself suffer from having a distorted body image. Focusing on the outward appearance is futile. I have learned to look within for the answers to the reasons I am unhappy with the outside image. This by far has been the most helpful thing I have done to change how I view my body.
YOGA.com: Do you have a favorite recipe you can share?
Kerri: I don’t cook so I really don’t have any!
YOGA.com: How do you balance work and family time?
Kerri: I set limits with my time on my phone and computer. I have one day a week that I don’t work at all that is strictly for rest and pleasure. We also have one tech-free home evenings where we turn off all our electronics for the night and play games or go get ice cream. It’s a great way to connect without the distractions of the phone or computers.
YOGA.com: What is the biggest challenge that your beginner yoga students are having when they come to class, and how do you approach it?
Kerri: The biggest challenge for a beginner is getting them to realize that everyone was once a beginner and it’s okay! They need to know with time it gets easier and better! Enjoy the journey!
YOGA.com: What are your biggest challenges and plans right now?
Kerri: Biggest challenge is being able to find time to respond to all the emails and phone calls. I personally go through all my email but there is no way that I can respond to them all in a timely manner. My plans are to continue to do what I love which is to teach and hopefully travel a bit more teaching workshops.
You can follow Kerri on Instagram @beachyogagirl.