Fitness Files: Rebecca Weible, founder of Yo Yoga

Rebecca Weible is the founder of Yo Yoga! in New York City. Although her teaching style focuses heavily on alignment and even-breathing, she never loses the elements of fun and humor during her classes. Rebecca is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as an experienced teacher due to the combination of her extensive training and hours taught. Yo Yoga! is the only studio in NYC to have its own private roof deck and is also the first studio in New York state to offer weekly Sound Off Experience yoga and meditation classes. Now that is pretty cool! Continue reading the Fitness Files interview below to learn more about Rebecca and how you can take a class if you are in the New York area!

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

Rebecca Weible (RW): As a child and teenager I was always active and involved in extracurriculars. I grew up at the beach so I don't even remember learning how to swim, just that I loved swimming and being in the water. I took dance classes from the age of 3 until I was 18, played basketball and softball, ran and rode horses and, of course, a bike. Once I went to college, I was less involved in organized sports but still craved movement and activity which is when I became more involved in fitness and yoga which I found I enjoyed more. So it's always been a part of my life and I realized what a priority it was for me once I was in college and more in charge of my own schedule.

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?

RW: I love cold-pressed juices. Sometimes I am just not in the mood for a salad so it's a great way to add raw fruits and veggies into my day. I also try to keep dry, roasted nuts around for a quick, healthy snack - perfect for eating before I have to teach to keep hunger at bay until its time for a meal.

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 

RW: Meditation. I try not to get hung up on the amount of time I dedicate to it each day - some days its easy to sit for 20 or 30 minutes and sometimes it's more about having a mindful meal or taking a few moments to close my eyes and take 3-5 deep, aware breaths. Spending a few moments or just a few minutes once a day can make a really big difference in stress level or putting things into perspective. 

NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites?

RW: Yoga is great for toning, flexibility, and strength and is hands down my favorite form of movement. However, I find that cardio helps to burn off fat and keep me lean. Spin class is my favorite cardio - the loud music keeps me motivated and the interval training prevents me from getting bored.

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