Bentley Fazi: YA Classes Teacher Highlight

July 19, 2023 0 Comments

In the YA Classes Teacher Highlights section, we feature and interview one of our amazing instructors so our members and readers can get to know them. This highlight is a teacher from Bentley Fazi.

Bentley is a yoga teacher and wellness influencer in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been practicing yoga since 2015, and the following year she dared to teach. Yoga became her path to discovering her truth. His guidance, love and sheer power paved the way for her to discover who she really was.

A few years ago, yoga became an unexpected but necessary linchpin in Bentley’s life and laid the foundation for who she is today.

Bentley Fuzzy shares his yoga journey:

“I took my first yoga class in 2015 after a friend talked (okay, dragged) me into it. I found myself in a 75 minute hot flow of energy! For my FIRST class! Needless to say, I left soaked, completely confused, but very intrigued.”

It was like a spark went off in me and I couldn’t wait to go back to experience it all again.

Bentley fell madly in love with the practice and started going four or five times a week. A year and a half later, she quit her job, enrolled in yoga teacher training, and the rest is history. As part of the LGBTQIA+ community, she combines her love and desire for all people to live their truth in both her yoga practice and teachings, on and off the mats.

Want to learn more about this incredible teacher? Read on.

Meet your YA class teacher: Bentley Fazi

We sat down with this powerhouse yoga teacher for a Q+A session for YA Classes members and YouAligned readers to learn more about her.

YA: What is your favorite self-care practice that you can’t live without?

BentleyBentley: My favorite self-care practice that I can’t live without is sunscreen! It’s so important to me that I spend a few minutes outside in the sun every day. The feeling of fresh air, warmth on the skin instantly improves mood and cheerfulness!

Whether it’s taking my pup for a walk, starting my day outside with a cup of coffee, or taking a mid-day break to get some fresh air, getting outside and soaking up the sun is very important to me.

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YA: What is your go-to song or genre of music when teaching (or practicing)?

Bentley: I really enjoy both the calm, meditative practice and the fun, upbeat, energetic style of the class. When I teach, my playlist is an eclectic mix of songs, moods, and genres to get you connected to your body and movement.

I like to focus on a song with a good beat and rhythm so you can feel deep in your body and connect to the cadence of the song. I like to mix covers of songs mixed with some EDM (house, electro, etc.) as well as classic rock, pop, 80’s, oldies and reggae. I told you before – my yoga playlists are eclectic!

YA: What is your favorite motivational quote?

Bentley: “The answer is always no unless you ask.” Have the courage to speak up. Tell yourself “I CAN do this” even if you think you can’t. Be brave enough to forge your own path, step outside of your comfort zone, create a life that makes sense to you, take risks even if you fail along the way. Take the chance.

YA: What is your favorite yoga pose? Least favorite?

Bentley: My favorite yoga pose is Flying Monkey and my least favorite is Utkasana (Furious Chair Pose).

Touch the unexpected with Bentley

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Life is a journey, and along the way we will inevitably experience changes and unexpected turns. Join Bentley in this online yoga class from YA Classes as she guides you through a luscious slow yoga practice with unexpected transitions, unique variations on the poses you know and love, and a beautiful message of empowerment.

YA: Where is your favorite place in the world that you have ever been and why?

Bentley 2Bentley: My favorite place in the world is Italy. My father was born in Italy, and I was incredibly lucky to spend many summers there with my family as a child.

I went last summer with my partner and we had such an amazing time that we are going again this year! I could eat pasta every day of my life. For me, between the incredible food and wine, the romantic atmosphere, the lively energy and the beautiful language, there is nothing more you could ask for.

Ya.A.: What is the most confusing moment for you, in studies or in life?

Bentley: I’m a pretty goofy person all around, but one of my most embarrassing moments early in my teaching career was in front of a rather large class and when I chose the next pose I wanted to say “move forward” and I was clear as day , yelled “FAST forward.”

I paused, looked around (while my entire class was teetering on Warrior 3) and asked, “Did I just say what I was thinking?” Everyone looked at me, laughed and fell out of their poses. It was a funny reminder to express myself more clearly.

Ya.A.: What is your #1 tip for maintaining a positive mindset?

Bentley 3Bentley: Stay open and flexible! Life always throws us curve balls, challenges and changes, especially when we least expect it. If you choose to look at your current situation and assess it without reacting, it will help you move through life and overcome these challenges while staying grounded and calm.

Know that everything is temporary, all highs have lows, but remember that you have the tools and the ability to do it to choose how you react, how you show up and how you live your life.

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What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Bentley: I’m a dual water sign (Pisces, Sun and Cancer, Moon) and I (not shockingly) LOVE water.

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I am an experienced open water scuba diver and certified sailor, and if I could find a way to truly live IN the water, I would.

YA: Aside from your own, what is your favorite class or teacher at YA Classes?

Bentley: I absolutely love all of Courtney Fox and Ashton August’s classes!

Want to chat more with Bentley Fazi?

Bentley is a proud mother of a pit bull dog and advocates for her Leo pit bull mix. She is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher. She frequently collaborates with the ToeSox and serves as the social media and community manager for Alo.

Connect with Bentley on social media and train with her today at YA Classes!

Take an online yoga class with Bentley Fazi

Bentley Fazi’s classes incorporate elements of patience and acceptance, as well as elements of creativity and challenge, encouraging her students to explore outside their comfort zones. Check out her online yoga classes at YA Classes! Not yet a member of YA Classes? You can try it for free for 14 days.

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