Interview

Claire Fountain

Better known by followers as CBQuality, Claire is the founder and creator of Trill Yoga and Built and Bendy. This yogi feels that Yoga is a way for everybody to get back to their true selves.

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississipi, Claire Fountain was first introduced to the concept of Yoga in the 1990s, as she witnessed her aunt practicing poses in her living room. At the time, Claire did not recognize what it was. After realizing through her high school years that Yoga was a helpful tool to calm anxiety, Claire followed the practice and eventually started to break down its somewhat inaccessible stereotype.

Better known by followers as CBQuality, Claire is the founder and creator of Trill Yoga and Built and Bendy. The name “Trill” is the combination of the words true and real; heavily influenced by music, fashion and culture, this yogi feels that Yoga is a way for everybody to get back to their true selves.

Claire’s fearless, confident self-image inspires her 225k followers, who also appreciate her non-traditional and entirely candid approach to yoga and health in general. Equally inspired by this wonder woman, we took some time to ask Claire about how she incorporates Yoga with travel, and what inspires her individualized approach to the practice.

Yoga teaches you to be in the present, and there is no better way to travel than to be present.

BWB: Where are some of your favorite places to travel? Has your yoga been influenced by them at all?

I love London, the Caribbean Islands, and Asia (specifically, China and Japan). Everywhere I go, I learn something new about life and myself…all of which I can bring back to yoga. Yoga teaches you to be in the present, and there is no better way to travel than to be present. Life is really about collecting all those beautiful moments.

I always bring a good lip balm, hand cream and face mist…and of course, drinking plenty of water the entire time you’re traveling is important.

BWB: What are your favorite beauty and wellness products that you always carry with you when you travel?

When flying, everything is about hydration and moisturizing. I always bring a good lip balm, hand cream and face mist…and of course, drinking plenty of water the entire time you’re traveling is important.

Here are my favorite products: For lips, Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm (Cowshed) or Keihl’s Lip Balm; for hands, Tata Harper Rejuvenating Hand Cream; for face, Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System.

BWB: Any tips to travel well and keep your healthy routines?

Being healthy is a lifestyle choice and a mindset… so if you carry that with you, you will continue to make decisions that reflect that intention. Even sleeping super late in a big, cozy, hotel bed is wellness if your body needs rest and rejuvenation. If you crave activity, get active walking around and exploring a city or hit up a local gym or fitness class. Many hotels are now offering yoga or wellness classes at no cost, and don’t require you to even leave the building.

Eat the local food, find green things and plants if you can, and always drink water. Avoid too many stimulants and sugars if you want to feel the best, and take melatonin if jet lag has you feeling rough.*

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BWB: You are also really fashionable when it comes to fitness. Do you have any favorite brands you love to wear?

Thank you. Everything I wear makes me look like I just came from PE…but that’s ok because active wear has come a long way, and major brands are getting more into the androgynous, street wear shapes I gravitate towards.

Manduka has a new line that includes my favorite pants, maybe ever. Nike, Adidas and Puma all have great pieces, and I wear a lot of Michi, Alala, and Alo Yoga mixed with solid color basics.

*consult with a doctor before taking supplement, even something naturally occurring in the body like melatonin.

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