BYSF Featured Yogi: Noelle Thomas

By Change Is Good
Posted in Our Blog, on October 10, 2017


I am unemployed right now. My last job I was working as a supply chain management, so inventory management.

Right now I am working on a couple of things.

The main is a fashion startup that sells clothes to people in the caribbean. It’s called Green Apple, we buy clothes in the US and then sell them to the Caribbean because they don’t have the same access to stores as we do. Less people have been traveling to the states to buy clothes because of the immigration rhetoric, so we found there is a need. It is through an ecommerce website platform and soon we are going to be doing a pop-up shop in Kingston Jamaica. My mom and I split up the buying online and in person from stores like Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, and Dillards.

Fun Fact About You?

Right now I am working on a screen play.

When I was living in Atlanta after I graduated I was involved with Church group that did a lot of cool things with the kids in the community. Every Christmas we had to do some version of a Christmas Plays. So I made up the idea to have a Christmas play like American Idol where different biblical characters sang Christmas songs and competed. It ended with Jesus being born. That’s when I discovered I enjoy writing plays.

From there I started writing short stories about funny things that happened to me, and then I graduated to writing a real scripts. With the one I am currently working on my goal is to have it completed by January so that I can move on to some other projects.

What is your nickname?  

My parents named my Noelle so I wouldn’t have any Nicknames. I am Jamaican and as a culture we aren’t very into nicknames.

What makes you laugh the most?

Cartoons for sure! And stupid funny movies like Bay Watch.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

I was just at Karaoke literally on Saturday! I’ve sang “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down, “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette, any of the Little Mermaid songs!

My husband and I go to Pandora Karaoke frequently because the drinks are cheap and it’s something fun to do!

What is your favorite restaurant?

I really like Azuzar for drinks! And The Fine Moose, a Champagne and Pizza place on Nob Hill.

If you had a Saturday full of free time, what would you do?

Yoga of course. Definitely some chilling in the park with greenery and maybe Champagne, or a hike. Something outdoorsy but it has to involve Champagne and cheese.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

One time I went skiing when I didn’t know how to ski so that got complicated. A golf cart, or one of those snow carts had to pick me up and take me to the bottom.

Also, I was a part of a group in college that did naked runs we would see how long you could go naked! Some people got arrested for public indencey becays they were running in the middle of the day. I like to run at night so that no one would see!

What was your first job?

In high school I worked at the library re-shelving books. Also, as a Target cashier, but I got fired because I was moving too slow.  

My first job out of college I worked at urban development program that built a trail through Atlanta.

What's your favorite family tradition?

Every December my family has a huge caroling party at our house where all of our friends and family comes over and sings!

My family is also really big scrabble players and sometimes it gets a little bit heated.

We also play a Jamaican card game called Kalookie its a long card game compared to gin rummy. You have to have around 12 people to play and it takes about 4 hours, so it definitely is a commitment!

What three things do you think of the most each day?

  1. Health and wellness, like eating right and getting enough exercise.
  2. Right now a lot about politics. Like in public policy. I want to change to the political conversation and maybe run for office one.
  3. My own personal development. Especially like what comes next. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books that talk about changing trajectory.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I started practicing in 2010. Monique took me to my first Bikram studio in Atlanta for about 5 years. When I moved here I didn’t really go to yoga and then Monique showed me BYSF!

Favorite Pose:

Camel! A lot. I really like the back bends.

Pose I want to improve:

My Warrior poses. I feel like I am constantly trying to strengthen my legs and those do the trick.

Why Baptiste Yoga?  

I love the heat because it opens you up in ways that would not be possible otherwise. As well as the flowing! I like that there is a standard series that everyone follows, but teachers are able to kinda create their own flow as well.