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 Vitality Flow 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.

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.

In 2010, Britta met a fire fox of a woman through mutual interests named Tamara Herrin. Having spent much of her life in Hawaii, Tamara brought a treasure trove of disciplines to the table: Qigong, Yoga, Nia, and 5 Rhythms dance. She and Britta co-developed Women’s Vitality Movement using Qigong, dance and yoga shortly after. Qigong has become a part of Britta’s daily practice and lifestyle.

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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Vitality Flow

Qigong

VITALITY FLOW
This class combines Qigong with breath work, flowing serpentine movements, and gentle yoga stretches. Great for circulating the body’s energies to create balance, stability and vitality. Britta helped co-develop Women’s Vitality Movement with her teacher and mentor, Tamara Herrin in 2011, and then began teaching it on her own in 2013.

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

Every Thursday night at 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm at Rejuvenation Yoga at 380 E. 2000 N. North Ogden, UT 84414. Sign up: https://rejuvenationyoga.punchpass.com/classes

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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.

Qigong

In 2010, Britta met a fire fox of a woman through mutual interests named Tamara Herrin. Having spent much of her life in Hawaii, Tamara brought a treasure trove of disciplines to the table: Qigong, Yoga, Nia, and 5 Rhythms dance.

Through Tamara, Britta was exposed to ecstatic/trance dance, sacred rhythms and Qigong. In 2011, they created a class together called Women’s Vitality Movement, incorporating Qigong, dance and Yoga. Britta currently teaches her own version of this class, Vitality Flow, now at Rejuvenation Yoga.

Over time, Britta became very interested in the healing benefits of Qigong even more for it’s strength and fluidity. She has since continued her studies of YOQI and Qigong with Marisa Cranfill, Lee Holden and Mimi Kuo-Deemer.

Qigong has become a part of Britta’s daily practice and lifestyle. Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is a Chinese energy cultivation practice with roots in Daoist beliefs and traditions.  Qigong works with the principle of “xing ming shuang xiu” – meaning “the spirit and body are equally refined and cultivated.”  Integrating dynamic and static movements, deep breathing and visualization techniques, qigong is designed to bring the qi, or life force, into the body and encourage it to flow without blockage. The practices are highly beneficial to the organs and meridians, which in Chinese medicine are believed to reflect our mental and emotional states. Active movements in qigong, sometimes known as “Daoist yoga” tend to be slow, circular, repetitive, graceful and flowing – like wind and water. They loosen the joints, strengthen the tendons and muscles, improve circulation, and relax the nervous system. Meditative and breathing practices work strongly with intention and visualization, and are perceived as ways to “enter tranquility,” or rujin.  Complementing Daoist ideas such as naturalism, humility, and effortless action (wuwei), qigong practices ultimately work toward creating greater balance and harmony, and an overall sense of health, vitality and wellbeing. 

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.