(photo credit Anna Kim photography)
Desi Bartlett M.S., CPT, has been teaching health and wellness for over 20 years. Her innovative approach to teaching is to tap into one’s inner joy and let movement be an outer expression of that state. Originally from Chicago, she has earned a degree in Kinesiology, a minor in dance and her Master’s degree in Corporate Fitness. Desi holds advanced certifications in Yoga, Personal Training, Pre & Post Natal Fitness and Group Fitness. She is also a continuing education provider through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Council for Personal Trainers and Yoga Alliance. In 2018, Desi has begun working at the Head of Yoga Programming for Manduka.
What do I do best?
I stay committed to the dream of my life. Even when I make mistakes I get right back on track and learn from them so that I can continue to grow.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Persistence is my special gift. I have been in the field of health and wellness for over 20 years. I am very lucky that I discovered my passion for the field in college, and never looked back. Since then I have owned a fitness studio in Cabo San Lucas, worked as a group fitness director for Equinox, worked as the product director of fitness and yoga for Gaiam, created 10 DVD's (my first opportunity was given to me by Liz Vaccariello who was at Prevention at the time),created pre and post natal digital content for Beachbody, led teacher trainings, and now I am writing a book.The inner fire is strong.
What are my aspirations?
My aspiration is to create a legacy of health and fitness for women that can be enjoyed for many years; through books, videos and products.
My biggest success?
My children are strong, healthy, happy individuals and providing a healthy and home for them with my husband is my greatest success.
Most challenging decision?
I am originally from Chicago and I lived in Cabo San Lucas Mexico for 5 years. I was on a plane from Chicago to Cabo on 9/11/01 and I made the decision after the attacks on the United States to come back to my home country. I had a dream in my heart to be of service and I felt that I could do that better from the US.
A quote by Thoreau:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."- Henry David Thoreau
My favorite people and role models?
My children. I think that anyone with kids will tell you that they are the greatest of all teachers. They live in the moment, they are fully expressed, and they laugh when they fall. They are my pint size gurus.
Additionally I love the works of Maya Angelou. I don't think that you have to study yoga to embody the principles of the practice, and she did so with grace and strength.
Lanikai Beach in Hawaii (like the Ziggy Marley song)
My favorite products?
I really dig my manduka yoga mat. It feels like sacred space.
My current passions?
The list is long but it all has a common core, the joy of movement and sharing this with my family and families everywhere. I feel like that is an ongoing passion that expresses itself in slightly different ways each year. This year I am leading pre and post natal yoga teacher trainings and writing a book on the topic. I am pretty excited about it!