In this episode, Bailey interviews Bridget Riepl, the founder of the NJ Yoga Collective and the VibeWell Yoga Festivals. She made the drastic decision to quit her law career to focus on yoga and achieve the freedom she always wanted.


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How honest are you with yourself? Bridget Riepl proposes that knowing what it is that you want to feel is what allows you to align your path and fuel that passion that will help you get there. In her case, the ultimate feeling she wanted to pursue was freedom. She realized early on that her law career wouldn’t get her to where she wanted to be, and this allowed her to pivot her life entirely.

Bridget focused on being a yoga teacher, and her great timing and eye for unresolved needs allowed her to become very successful at it. She was honest with herself and she advises everyone to do the same. That honesty is what will allow you to identify what you really want out of life. After this, you can start looking for the path that will get you there. And through it all, remember to find the bright spots and let in the light that will guide you towards your path. 


Key Takeaways

  • The importance of having different experiences to achieve your goals and live a full life.
  • Yoga as a great practice that allows you to explore your more creative side.
  • Holding onto the past to avoid moving forward.
  • You can design the blueprint of your life and decide where you want to go next.
  • How seeing beyond the grind and identifying what you want can help you find your path.
  • It’s important to take the time to try and find the bright spots in life and imagine what’s possible.
  • Finding the highest thing you value and setting a path that aligns with that.
  • Honesty is what allows you to take the leap and avoid getting stuck.


About Bridget Riepl

Bridget Riepl is a certified yoga instructor who founded the NJ Yoga Collective as well as the VibeWell Yoga Festivals. She is also a Community Relations Specialist for Yoga International. She wants to promote yoga and create connections among yoga communities, helping others achieve their dreams. 


In this episode we covered:

  • (00:00) Welcome to The Mindrise Podcast.
  • (04:05) Bridget’s upbringing and the influence it had on her decision to transform her life.
  • (11:44) The difficulty of accepting it’s time for a change after realizing things are not going as you wanted. 
  • (13:37) The many things to love about yoga and how it can spark your creative side. 
  • (16:36) The need of “going back to normal” when in reality, “going back” doesn’t exist in life. 
  • (20:40) How the pandemic has changed how we see relationships and connect with others. 
  • (26:01) The importance of having a safety net and how it helped Bridget make her decision to give up law to teach yoga. 
  • (27:56) Bridget’s motivation to create the NJ Yoga Collective. 
  • (32:33) The challenges of being a founder or entrepreneur and how it differs from life as an employee. 
  • (39:13) Designing your life according to what you want to feel.


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