Gigi Yogini (Brigitte Kouba) is a yoga teacher and wellness leader who has been teaching classes, leading trainings and hosting retreats across the globe for nearly a decade. A passionate advocate for body positivity and women’s empowerment, Gigi is dedicated to sharing yoga as a tool for courage, balance and self-love. From large and lively classes at YogaWorks in Santa Monica, to intimate offerings at her private Modern Sacred Studio in West Los Angeles, Gigi’s teaching invites women to embrace joy, confidence and the full expression of their potential. Named one of Athleta’s “100 Women to Watch in Wellness,” Gigi has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra Magazine, LA Yoga Magazine, Yoga International and more. Gigi calls L.A. home, where she enjoys hiking the mountains with her boy/girl twin babes and vibing with her badass tribe of women. Learn more at GigiYogini.com.
What do I do best?
As a yoga teacher, I consciously connect with each of my students. I make eye contact, remember names, create opportunities to get to know them, and try to make everyone feel seen. My yoga classes are much more than just exercise. It’s community building.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Above all else, courage has gotten me to where I am today. I keep showing up and doing the work, even if it’s hard or scary.
What are my aspirations?
I am constantly striving to self-actualize and become the best version of myself that I can be. To me that means being a great mother and role model for my twins, a loving a supportive wife, a caring family member, loyal friend, and a force of good in the world.
My Biggest Success?
I feel proud to look at my life as a long list of accomplishments. The fact that I feel happy and content in the present moment is a great success.
My Most Challenging Moment?
When I was pregnant with my twins, I decided to leave my full time job (and salary) because I knew that I wanted to be home for my kids while they were little and I wanted to use my “free time” doing work that felt meaningful.
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo - I bow to the wisdom of my inner teacher
My Favorite People/Role Models?
OPRAH - I love the fact that she has overcome so much and has created an empire while helping others succeed
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Costa Rica and Hawaii are two of my favorite places on earth. I love the warm water, tropical jungle vibes, and loving culture.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I love burning Palo Santo. It’s sweeter than sage and helps clear energy in a space.
My Current Passions?
I am deeply involved in the Modern Sacred Circle movement of teaching women how to lead circles of their own.