Kori Ruth1.) Tell us about yourself:

I was born & raised in Covington, KY, where I lived with my parents and my younger brother, Dillon. I graduated from Cincinnati State in December with an Associates of Art & Associates of Pre-Business Administration. I was always a pretty active person. I played all kinds of sports as a kid (even though I was not really any good haha). The only sport that really stuck was soccer and I played that throughout high school. However, my real passion was fashion and beauty. From the ages of 17-21 I only wore high heels, full makeup & hair, always all of the time. Eventually I found yoga, bought my first pair of tights and Nikes and never looked back (Don’t get me wrong, I still love makeup, hair, and clothes!). Now, when I’m not at the studio, I spend time with my best friend/cousin, Stacey, do yoga, go rock climbing, basically anything active.

2.) Tell us one thing we don’t know about you:

When I was 19 I worked at a really upscale hair salon. We were on a reality show, Split Ends. Think of Wife Swap but in a hair salon setting. It was pretty crazy! We were the highest rated episode in all of their seasons.

3.) What is the number one most played song(s) on your iTunes currently?

I don’t think that I can pick just one! Music is one of my favorite parts of class and life. Right now I’m listening to “Sentiment” and “Wasteland” by VERITE, “Coffee”, “Could I Be”, & “H.S.K.T.” by Sylvan Esso, and anything by Laura Welsh — Anything on New Music Tuesday on Spotify.

4.) When you were planning your future career, did you ever see yourself working in fitness?

Haha. Not. At. All. Referencing back to question number one.. I was a little diva. I wanted to be a fashion designer. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this is where I would be at 25. Life is so cool in that you can plan so hard for something but then you end up on a completely different path.

5.) Give us three words someone else would use to describe you.

Genuine, Optimistic, Silly

6.) What is your favorite part about teaching class? About taking class?

Teaching class: I love to really just connect with the students. It’s an amazing job that I can go in and help people better themselves and get healthy. It’s really awesome when I say something and you can see that it just really clicks with a student and they get it.

About taking class: Taking class is still my time for myself. I injured my left hamstring a few months ago so now taking class is really about being where I am and watching my practice progress.

7.) If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Can I pick multiple people? My family and friends.

8.) Your favorite Yoga Alive memory?

I graduated from the first Yoga Alive Teacher Training class of 2013. I would say my favorite memory would be that entire experience, from the first weekend to graduation. I met so many amazing people and learned from the greatest instructors. It was an amazing experience! I wish I could go back.

9.) How has yoga changed your life?

Wow yoga has changed my life in so many ways! I started yoga looking for a workout, however I found so much more. I’m in the best shape of my life, stronger than I’ve ever been. The mental benefits are endless. I used to always be so stressed out and so negative. Yoga has helped me to change my outlook on life. I try to find the best in every situation. There is no real reason to focus on anything negative. It doesn’t do anything for you!

10.) What is your favorite yoga pose?

I have so many and they change all of the time! I love dancers pose, seated head to knee, revolved head to knee, pigeon, any backbend.

11.) Best advice you’ve ever received.

Life is way too short not to be happy.