Learn about a local yogi who helps the community connect through yoga, nutrition, style, and other health and wellness channels.
Cincy Chic: What is Movement by Kori Ruth?
Kori Ruth, Founder of Movement by Kori Ruth: Movement by Kori Ruth is my personal brand as a Yoga Teacher, and the platform through which I seek to connect with my community via yoga, nutrition, style, and other health and wellness channels.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Ruth: Over the last two years I have undergone some major changes in my personal and professional life. Throughout this transition period I found myself connecting deeper and deeper with not only my own yoga practice, but with nutrition, volunteerism, and many other health and wellness avenues. This deep connection has served as my inspiration for all the work I do, and I wanted a way to both share my connections, and offer inspiration for others to find their own,
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Movement by Kori Ruth?
Ruth: Me! I manage and operate the website, Facebook, and Instagram pages for Movement by Kori Ruth. Website and social media creation/management has always been a passion of mine and it is one facet of my career that I continue to pursue alongside of yoga. Along my journey, I have collaborated with some amazing people who continue to inspire and propel me towards success.
Cincy Chic: When did you launch Movement by Kori Ruth?
Ruth: Officially, the website and social media pages launched in July of 2017. Unofficially, I have been working towards this my entire life, but it wasn’t until the fall of 2016 that Movement by Kori Ruth became its own brand and my full time passion and pursuit.
Cincy Chic: Where do you hold your classes?
Ruth: In January of 2017, I entered a partnership with the incredible team at Real Human Performance (RHP) and I currently offer a full schedule of yoga classes there 9 times per week. It was the team members, the mindset, passion, and commitment to serving our community that made my partnership with RHP an easy choice for me.
Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer?
Ruth: First and foremost, I am a yoga teacher and I lead the REAL Yoga program at RHP, which includes yoga classes accessible to all levels. Whether you are a first-time yoga student, or are looking to advance your practice, I work closely with my students to ensure that they find success in every one of my classes they attend. I carry multiple certifications, so from time to time you might see me subbing one of our high-energy REAL F-EX classes and (coming soon!) you will be able to find me on the bike in one of our REAL Cycle classes.
Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the path that led you to launch your own fitness studio?
Ruth: A few years ago I was teaching at another space where I would lead anywhere from 20 to 50+ students at a time, however I was not being authentic to myself. I was being told what to teach and how to teach it. My students were getting a “great workout” but none of them were really learning anything, and they weren’t connecting with the practice. I realized that by allowing myself to be confined to these guidelines that I was cheating my students, and also cheating myself.
After leaving that space, I began a journey to reconnect with who I wanted to be as a teacher, a student, an employee, a business owner, and an individual. Whilst in the process of opening my own studio, I connected with the team at Real Human Performance, and it was clear that together we could accomplish something far greater for the community than either of us could do alone. I transitioned my plans from opening a studio into creating the REAL Yoga program with RHP. From that point to now, Movement by Kori Ruth has grown exponentially, RHP continues to expand, and I continue to reconnect with who I am as a yoga teacher.
Cincy Chic: What makes Movement by Kori Ruth unique?
Ruth: What sets Movement By Kori Ruth apart is expectations. Which for me is only two things; to try and to breath. In class, you’re not expected to do a headstand or even touch the floor, but you are expected to try. In my class it is the effort that will lead you to success, and with that effort I guarantee that every one of my students leave successful. The second, is to breath. Breathing is the foundation of yoga, movement, and of life. I expect my students to breath because it is the easiest way for them to remind themselves that they are both present, and alive.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2018?
Ruth: I am so excited for all of the things to come in 2018! With the help of my RHP colleague, Jen Wright, I was able to launch a Mindful Yoga Therapy (MYT) program at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center at the beginning of this year. Inside of this program I teach MYT practices (breathing techniques, yoga asana, yoga nidra, meditation, and gratitude) to the female youth population to help them manage their stress. I am looking forward to continuing more MYT programs and reaching more populations this year. At RHP we are also looking forward to expanding our service offerings to include a new REAL Cycle program, which will launch later this year.
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Ruth: Readers can keep up with me at www.koriruth.com or follow along with my Movement by Kori Instagram and Facebook as well as the Real Human Performance website, Instagram, and Facebook.