About Britta

Dancing for the Canyon

Life is a poem, live out the metaphors.” Britta

 Brittanië “Britta” Stumpp is a mother, wife, dancer, yogi, graphic designer, teacher, and writer. She teaches belly dance, prenatal belly dance, samba fusion, and yoga in the Northern Utah area. “Like” her Facebook Page .

Britta has a Bachelor’s degree from WSU in English – Creative Writing and an Integrated Studies B.A. She also studied with the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University with an emphasis on Yoga Philosophy.

As a child, Britta’s mother and grandmother put her in many dance classes, like ballet, jazz, and tap, but she suffered from chronic asthma which made it difficult to keep up. In junior high, she decided to seek the advice of natural healers and was finally able to manage her asthma in a satisfying way. She found the great healing art of Yoga in 1996 at The Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple and has integrated it into her life ever since.

She discovered the man she refers to as her “Yoda,” Joseph Campbellin early college and has been an avid collector of folk stories, myths and allegories ever since.  As a researcher, and ardent student of myth, Britta is what she calls a self-professed “Dreamkeeper.”

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are public myths.” ~Joseph Campbell

In college, she decided to take a few world dance classes. While studying Middle Eastern or “belly dance” in particular, Britta became obsessed  with the sacred wisdom of ritual movement and the amazing healing it brings. Dance has become a huge part of Britta’s life. Since 2006, Britta has devoted nearly every moment of her free time to the study of cultural dance and comparative mythology. She has maintained a deep curiosity for different cultural beliefs around the world all her life.

After many years of using Yoga to heal, focus and meditate, Britta entered the Registered Yoga Teacher training in 2011 and she studied Yoga Philosophy at Oregon State University in 2013. She continues to use pranic intelligence (the vital life force of breath) and yogic principles daily.

Britta also began writing Poetry at a young age to make sense of the world. She later pursued a Creative Writing emphasis under the tutelage of Brad L. Roghaar, Dr. Victoria Ramirez and Ron Deeter at WSU.

She lives in Ogden, Utah with her son and her husband, Adrian Stumpp, who is also a writer.

Britta is available for private tutoring in yoga, samba, belly dance or prenatal dance. She is also available for performance within reasonable notice. Prices vary on the occasion.

To schedule, email her at brittabandit@gmail.com

 

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Fluid Flow Dance & Yoga

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FLUID FLOW
This class combines gentle yoga stretches, fluid, flowing dance movements, and guided meditation. Great for circulating the body’s energies to create balance, stability and vitality.

Beginners welcome. Children 12+ are also welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one and water.

Cost is $25 a month or $7 drop-in. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to UUCO.

Every Thursday at 12 pm to 1:15 pm at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden 705 23rd Street, Ogden UT.

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Britta is also available for private tutoring. To schedule, email her via Contact.

Dance

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Since 2006, Britta has studied Middle Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance, Latin, West African dance, and the African diaspora dances of the Caribbean and Brazil, namely Samba and Orixa movement, Polynesian and Turkish Roman “Gypsy” dance.

Britta is a student of African and Tribal Fusion belly dance instructor, Deja Mitchell, and the Afro-Brazilian group, Samba Fogo.  She has also studied Afro-Brazilian dance with the creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique,  Rosangela Silvestre, and the Portland based Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban group Axé Didé, African dance with Ibou N’gom, Wyoma, and Maputo Mensa, and belly dance with Zoe Jakes, Amy Sigil of Unmata, Rachel Brice, Ashley Lopez, Sadie Marquardt, Zuhra Zakiyah (Candace Baker), Emilie “Leyla” Le laCheur and various others.

She has been a student of Yoga for several years and in 2011 entered the Registered Yoga Teacher practice at Borrowed Earth Emporium. Calling upon similarities in these various dance traditions, and the healing arts, she helped co-develop Women’s Vitality Dance with one of her teachers, Tamara Anderson.

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Britta’s teaching focus is always about connection to self and having fun.

Britta is available for private tutoring in yoga, samba, belly dance or prenatal dance. She is also available for performance within reasonable notice. Prices vary on the occasion.

To schedule, email her Contact.

Yoga

Britta first came into contact with Hatha Yoga and Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of Devotion) when she was 16 years old, in 1996 at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, while it was still just a cabin. She fell in love with Bhakti Yoga and the asanas of the Hatha practice. She dove into studies of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Lotus Sutras and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She read the Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda and Be Here Now by Ram Dass. Yoga has been a monumental part of her life for over 20 years now.

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After many years of using Yoga to heal, focus and meditate, Britta entered the Registered Yoga Teacher training in 2011 at Borrowed Earth Emporium.

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and she studied Yoga Philosophy with Stuart Sarbacker, at Oregon State University in 2013. She continues to use pranic intelligence (the vital life force of breath) and yogic principles daily.

She has since delved into Tantra practices, Kundalini Yoga and the study of the Chakra System. Yoga as Union is a daily part of Britta’s life in all of her endeavors.

Blog

Union

I taste the roof of my mouth tongue pressed to the crinkled folds eyes rolled upward and inward spine on fire with electricity scent of geraniums in my nostrils life force filling my lungs brain swimming in a buzz of activity a channel reaching to the cosmos awake, burning alive, empty bountiful, entire containing nothing …