Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi! Is that weird? I feel like I should say hi when someone asks me to introduce myself. 

My name is Bridget and I'm a yoga teacher and the co-founder of the New Jersey Yoga Collective, which is a lifestyle guide for wellness and happiness in my amazing local community. More importantly than that stuff - I am Sadie and Patrick's mom (5-year-old twins). I used to be a lawyer, but I decided to give that up when my kids were born. I didn't love it and I knew I wanted to be fully present for my children - who are now my best friends. I'm being serious about that. We hang out all the time. 
I'm the oldest of four kids and I am really proud of my siblings for how incredible they all are. We have a connection to each other and our parents that I think is pretty rare; their support has undoubtedly influenced so much of who I am and how I live. 
Some people call me an "influencer" or "trendsetter" but I don't necessarily align with those words. I try to just live my life in a way that makes me happy every day. My favorite thing to do is laugh, so I focus my energy on people, places and things that bring joy and humor into my life. 
Who would you say is your #1 inspiration?
The person I know I can be. I know a lot of amazing people in this world, but the best advice I ever received was to be completely and unapologetically authentic. So I'm continuously inspired by my highest self. I'm not there everyday, but I catch glimmers of who she is and what she is all about. And I like her a lot.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Stop worrying so much about what everyone else thinks. Seriously. Do you, girl. 
What’s your dream job?
I don't think I have a dream job. I like to create, collaborate, inspire and be inspired. I work best in a room full of energetic people who are willing to put ideas up, have them shot down, laugh about it and keep churning out the goods until we ALL have something great. There really isn't one "job" that fits that description, except maybe a writer for Saturday Night Live? And I'm not that funny 🙂
My partner and I founded the NJ Yoga Collective and the VibeWell Yoga Festival (shameless plug - October 14, 2018 in Asbury Park!) because we like everyday to be different. Or as she says "we wear a lot of hats." I always laugh because the only thing I actually like to wear a lot of is stretch pants. Luckily teaching yoga and running the NJYC is a perfect fit for an athlesiure work ensemble. 
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Sure, all the time. But you know what? The hardest person, with the most doubts, is usually me. Human beings are uniquely positioned to make a decision, question it, get angry, get nervous and get excited in five seconds flat. Our brains are a tough place to live, right? And I know how it makes me feel. Terrible. Not good enough. So my personal practice and mantra is always "I am enough." 
I tell myself that every single day. I think everyone should.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Lift each other UP. 
Show up for each other. 
Don't ever be afraid to support other women. Go to their classes, listen to their talks, show up for their events. Tell the women in your life that they are awesome and that you are proud of them. Somewhere along the line, we all got REALLY competitive and fearful that good things for one woman meant fewer things for others. That's just not true. If we all agree to show up and offer our best, most honest selves, we will collectively grow and succeed. 
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I live near the beach in NJ, so I'll have to say the water. It calms and centers me. It reminds me that we can always wipe the slate clean. I picture the ocean washing over sand, leaving behind a beautiful sheen, totally untouched. Even if it is only for a second, the sand is perfect. You can see your reflection. I appreciate those moments so much. It's a reminder that we aren't stuck; there are always opportunities to transform.
What do you love most about yourself?
That I'm not afraid to make mistakes.
Do you have a favorite photo of yourself?

This one. Every time I look at it, I feel like I am telling myself to "shoot for the stars." I know that is cheesy and cliche, but I really do think it. 
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I surround myself with people who love life. I am a true believer that your vibe attracts your tribe...or as my dad used to say "you are who you hang out with." So I choose friendships that support my intention to do and be a little bit better everyday. 
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I was in a Kodak commercial when I was 6 years old. Oh! and if they haven't known me long, most people are really surprised to find out that I used to be a lawyer.

More About Bridget

Bridget Riepl is the NJ Yoga Collective’s Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships, a mom, a yoga teacher, a former lawyer, a writer, a moderately decent cook, a really good baker, a seeker of fantastic coffee and a firm believer in the power of positive thinking.

Bridget was born and raised in New Jersey and cannot imagine calling anywhere else “home.”

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