Yoga “Self Discovery”

Did you know that the average person has over 50,000 negative thoughts in our head in a day?  Yep that’s 50,000.  Stop and think, how many times did you say – I can’t, I won’t, I shouldn’t, no, and not.  All of these are negative words.  If you change the way you speak, you can change the way you think.

Freud said we are all born with open minds and as we grow older we close them.

Through the practice of yoga I want to help open the minds of the people, and bring them to their fullest potential.  Yoga is about mind, body and soul. It’s about the mental and emotional strength, it bonds the physical and emotional together.

I started yoga because I,like everyone else wanted to lose weight.  What I was not ready for; was the journey of self discovery I was about to embark.  I did not fall in love with yoga right away, I fell off the yoga train many times.  That was until I finally took a yoga class at my local college and I met my instructor Ms Lynn.  She was kind and patient and very inspiring.  She taught the traditional philosophy, the reasoning behind each pose, and the importance of full breathing without proper breathing, yoga is not fun nor truly beneficial.  I always left class with the most euphoric high and feeling like I could conquer the world bit by little bit.

Fun Fact:  We only use 20% of our lung capacity,

yoga teaches you to use your entire lung.

Through all my trials and tribulations of life, yoga has been something I can count on daily, whether it be 5 minutes or 2 hours, morning, afternoon, or evening, sad or angry. I know that when done I will feel whole again.  Thus inspiring me to want to be a teacher, helper, assistant, friend, motivator.  I want to motivate everyone to try yoga, not only will you transform your body, but your mind and soul as well.  Yoga is for everyone, mother, daughter, father,son, friend, foe, addict, recovering addict.  Yoga does not discriminate, nor do I, If you want to learn, then I want to teach.

We sometimes get lost in the world and feel as though we have no place to go, but through yoga, you discover, you have been in your place the whole time.  Its you that matters and no one else, you are your own hero, your own king/queen. You are what matters and when you balance yourself, you shine and so does the world around you.

“We must be the change,we wish to see in the World”

-Mahtama Gandhi”-

Mahatama Gandhi was right, we must be that change, and I’m starting by sharing my knowledge of yoga to each and every one of you.  And if I can inspire a small change in one person, then my journey of conquering the world has began.

My wish is to become certified at It’s yoga Thailand.  I’m not entirely sure why I have chosen this particular school, I went through all the schools and they all seem wonderful, however It’s yoga Thailand stuck out the most.  Their information, reviews and the quick and kind correspondence makes me more and more excited everyday to attend. What a better way to learn Ashtanga yoga then in a traditional land.


2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Brandi Bentley

If you liked this article and want them to win a free yoga teacher training, then make sure to vote for her by leaving a comment (scroll all the way to the bottom), and sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter. Each comment, Facebook, and Twitter share counts as one vote and you can do all three!

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  1. Nicky Valeika says:

    all i can say is you make me wanna do yoga. right now. :) good luck!

  2. Jen says:

    Good Luck Brandi! You will be amazing at this!

  3. eileen swartz says:

    Brandi Bentley is a good person inside and out. she’s freindly to all. I think she would be good at whatever she puts her mind to and if she wants to go forth with this yoga training teacher then i will support her all the way. GO Brandi

  4. Jeanne Forbis says:

    Supporting you in your quest. Best of luck.

  5. tiffani says:

    Brandi I wish you the best you deserve this, i know you’ve worked so hard and dedicated so much time to yoga. you inspire me to help others, thank you.

  6. Laurie says:

    Good luck! Hope it all works out!

  7. Kerry says:

    Best of luck Brandi.

  8. Ann says:

    Best of Luck Brandi! You will be an inspiration to many!

  9. Jeanna says:

    GOOD LUCK! =)

  10. Tomas says:

    Good Luck! You definitely deserve to win.

  11. Monica says:

    love you B! you are the PERFECT fit! come to austin and teach a workshop!!!!!

  12. Jan Bobier says:

    Good Luck, Brandi! Your positive attitude will take you far!

  13. Sierra K says:

    Brandi is an amazing woman and would be a very inspirational Yoga Teacher.

  14. Becky says:

    Good luck Brandi! You’re such a driven, goal-oriented, ambitious person. Your talents amaze me! You should be very proud of all your accomplishments!! You’ll be a great yoga instructor…just wish you lived in my town and were my personal trainer. Best Wishes to you!!

  15. Hunter says:

    i really like it and im saying that becouse yoga is really awsome and i think u teach it the best. i hope u will win soo u can share this amazing gift that u have with everyone that wants to relax and enjoy life. good luck :)

  16. Jenny says:

    Wow Brandi!

  17. emma says:

    good luck beautiful lady!!

  18. Judi says:

    My feeling and strongest impression of you on our first meeting was your spiritual depth and kindness. With your passion, I know you will be successful! I wish you only the best as you follow your heart. -j<3

  19. Lauren says:

    Brandi truly embodies humanity at it’s best. Her love for all she does, every person she meets, is apparent in every aspect of her life. Never in my life have I been more inspired or persuaded of the human spirit and it’s ability to succeed. Brandi has lost and suffered but continuously found the meaning of true happiness I know that she will not only change lives but change hearts and change minds. Dear girl, you’ve already won in my mind.

  20. Beth Cook says:

    I whole-heartedly believe in the power of the mind. To heal, to rekindle and to supply ourselves with the nutrition of positive thinking. I can see the bounty in Brandi, that could be spread to many people through Yoga. I send you all my Goodness to use for your trip to Thailand!

  21. Eileen says:

    As a good friend says” Follow your Dreams”. You will go far in your endeavors!! Much love…..

  22. Nicole Nemeth says:

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  23. shelly says:

    Good luck Brandi!

  24. Latoshia says:

    Good luck!

  25. mandi says:

    good luck brandi!

  26. Angie says:

    Brandi deserves to be a part of this wonderful opportunity for the yoga scholarship. I’ve known Brandi since childhood and she has overcome many things in her life and she continues to grow and share. I believe this is the perfect opportunity for her to continue her journey and make it complete. Great job on the video Brandi and continue to let that positive energy flow!

  27. Brenda DeKay says:

    Great video Brandi, Good Luck to you!!! Your mom would be proud!

  28. Cathy says:

    Brandi…this submission is truly amazing, good luck!!! Your an inspiration!!! Go for it!!!! Love you!! Smiles :)

  29. london says:

    very nice positions , looks like a alot of funnn :) good luck Brandi :)

  30. shirley says:

    You are the best, I support you always for following your PASSION,,, Love & Miss YOU,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Shirley

  31. alix johnson says:

    Brandi! Wow I am so unbelievably proud of you! After knowing you for about ten years you’ve grown so much and have done amazing things! When u want something girl u make sure u get it! I know you can do this! Goodluck! I love you o so much!

  32. Betty says:

    Brandi, good luck!! You have accomplished so much!!! Take care and I hope you get it!!

  33. Erika says:

    Good luck Brandi!

  34. Kara says:

    Good Luck Brandi!!!

  35. Dawn says:

    Glad to see you going after something you really want! Good luck Brandi! I never thought I would say I liked yoga but the results are awesome!

  36. Abby says:


  37. Chris says:

    Good Luck!

  38. Michelle says:

    I vote for you!!!

  39. Krysta albaugh says:

    Good luck doll

  40. Chrissy Courtney says:

    Good luck, Brandi. You got my vote!

  41. Kelli says:

    My vote is for Brandi!

  42. Linda Deming says:

    Well done Brandi, you look great. Good Luck!

  43. Kim Burnett says:

    Way to go Brandi!! I hope you get this. Makes me want to go take a yoga class :)

  44. Annette Lauritsen says:

    I want my vote for Brandi to get counted. Brandi is such an uplifting person who wants all to find their passion and happiness. I can’t think of anyone who would be more fitting to teach and I know that she would take this role seriously. Go Brandi! You are so beautiful!!! Hopefully I can get a lesson in when I am in NE next. Good luck girl.

  45. Alex says:

    GOOD LUCK!! I hope you get it. You deserve it :)

  46. Julie Strong says:

    Wishing you luck Brandi :-)

  47. Kim Black says:

    YOU ARE AMAZING!! Great job on the video. Good Luck!

  48. Jodi Heiser says:

    I am so inspired by you Brandi. I have always wanted to take a yoga class but haven’t yet. Reading your essay has encouraged me to try it out, and I have found a place in Lincoln (very close to my house- bonus) that offers free lessons on Sundays for a trial. I’m excited!


  49. Sarah says:

    Good Luck!

  50. Sabrina says:

    GOOD LUCK!!!!! 😉

  51. Emily says:

    Good luck to you Brandi!

  52. jakjak says:

    You have my vote. Your happiness is truly inspiring.

  53. kayla says:

    good luck!

  54. Tena Black says:

    Good Luck!!!! Hope it all goes well!!!

  55. claire says:

    You have my vote! Good luck!

  56. Derrick says:

    good luck Brandi

  57. Kanani says:

    Go Brandi

  58. Brianna Bedard says:

    Brandi, your essay is awesome! I’m so happy that yoga and meditation has helped you become an even better person (which I didn’t think was even possible). Keep it up girl!

  59. Rob Hamilton says:

    May the road you are travelling on bring you to peace and happiness! You have my vote.

  60. Tina W says:

    Wow that was amazing and you look incredible. I agree with some of the other posts, you make me want to try Yoga. Good luck you will be the best instructor ever!!!!!!

  61. Kelly Mierau says:

    Go Brandi!!! I hope you get this!!! You deserve it cause you work hard for everything that you do!!! Good luck Girl!!! much love!

  62. Thomas Mawhiney says:

    I hope you win, that was incredibly inspiring and you rock!

  63. Pat Reinoehl says:

    Awesome, Brandi! Best wishes!

  64. Katrina KS says:

    Good luck, Brandi!

  65. Crystal says:

    Good luck, Brandi!

  66. Lindsay W says:

    You seem truly inspired Brandi!! Congratulations and good luck!! I think you would be amazing at this! : )

  67. sandra katrales says:

    good luck lady, you deserve some goodness!!!! miss you

  68. Tina B says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!!

  69. Leandra says:

    Best of luck Brandi!!

  70. Kelly hudson says:

    Brandy, ur amazing u deserve this chance of a lifetime. You are a very special person to me, love ya!

  71. Brooke Newsam says:

    I vote for Brandi cuz she’s wonderful and I want her to win!!

  72. Angie Navratil says:

    Hi Brandi, Good luck with everything you do. I believe in you and what you are doing for yourself and others.

  73. Dawn says:

    Good Luck, Brandi K!!

  74. Eileen says:

    You’re family is so proud of you!! You Go Girl!

  75. Heath Wilson says:

    Excellent article, good luck Brandi.

  76. kayla says:

    That’s truly amazing best wishes to u and u deserve it

  77. Carol says:

    Blessed be Brandi! <3

  78. Charlene Hanzlik says:


  79. Pam says:

    Hope you get this!!! Good luck.

  80. Vickie says:

    Good Luck Brandi!

  81. Wendy says:

    Following your dream! Love it!! Best of wishes:)

  82. Brittany says:

    I love ya Brandi!

  83. Stephanie Kocian says:

    I hope you win Brandi!! And I will be expecting a lesson or 2 when you get back!!

  84. Janelle says:

    That’s awsome Brandi!!! I have always been interested in yoga but this makes ready to take the step into doing it!!! Good luck!!!

  85. Madisen Crone says:

    I seriously want to do yoga now because of all of this!!!:) it’s a great video and a great essay!!!:) it’s a great way to get people like me to do this!! Good luck Brandi:)

  86. Trudy Nelson says:

    Hope you get this Brandi..Good Luck

  87. Whitney says:

    Good Luck!

  88. Michelle says:

    Best of luck girl!

  89. Joy says:

    Hope this helps!

  90. Tiffany says:

    You go girl! You are gonna make it there no matter what!

  91. nancyruda says:

    Hope you get to go. Sounds fun

  92. Cece says:

    You’re awesome Brandi! Good luck! 😉

  93. Becky says:

    Go Brandi!

  94. Kim Black says:

    Great video! Good Luck!!

  95. Joy says:

    Here is another!

  96. Kerry wiles says:

    Good luck

  97. Stephanie says:


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