Exclusive Interview: "Temptation Island" Single Brittney Rose On Love And Yoga

27-year-old Brittney Rose is making her reality show debut on Temptation Island and she is a single who is ready to mingle! We recently sat down with Brittney Rose for an exclusive interview where she discussed her love of yoga and the clarity it gave her in a sometimes tumultuous reality show setting.

Don't let her easy going attitude fool you, she's honest, playful, and speaks her mind when necessary. Brittney makes a living running a yoga retreat and actively practices a natural lifestyle. Her goal is to find "the one" while staying true to her holistic approach while on the island.

Temptation Island takes four committed couples who are testing their relationship to a beautiful island oasis where they're joined by 24 other beautiful singles meant to shake things up. As a single Brittney, certainly stirs up some fun. Follow Brittney's Instagram  and Twitter to get a better feel for her lifestyle and read more to learn about her time on the island.

TheThings (TH): You live a very yoga-centric, natural lifestyle. How does that spill over to all aspects of your life?

Brittney Rose (BR): I love the physical aspect of yoga, but as time goes by I believe in yoga more and more as a lifestyle, and not just something you do on the mat. Yoga is awareness, it’s mindfulness, which is something I take into account in all areas of my daily life. I’ve actually been practicing less asana (the physical part of yoga most westerners are familiar with) recently than I have in the past 10 years. However, I’ve been doing a lot of inner work and asking a lot of questions like: How do I show up in the world? How do I treat other people and how can I make a positive difference? How do I speak to and treat myself? Where can I become more educated? This is all yoga. It’s important that we remember that to practice yoga on a mat does not necessarily make you a yogi. We should all be questioning more: How do you show up in the world?

TH: What led you to lead a healthier lifestyle? What is your background?

BR: I didn’t grow up in a super conscious house when it came to physical health. When I was around 20 years old, I started having seizures and dealt with some other pretty concerning health “opportunities”. At the time it was very easy to go down the “why me” path, but in hindsight, every episode I had, really shifted me as a human being, in the most positive way. Because doctors couldn’t figure out why I was having seizures, finding true health and wholeness was left up to me. That began my journey into discovering what exactly true health and wellness is. Epilepsy has been one of my greatest teachers and healers, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for it. It brought me to yoga, to living foods and a vibrant, nourishing diet. It’s strengthened my self-care and relationship with myself. It brought me curiosity about so many things: not just the foods I put in my body, but also the thoughts I allow into my mind, the experiences and people I surround myself with and the entire way that I live my life. It brought me to me. Health is happiness and self-love.

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TH: What urged you to audition for Temptation Island? What was your plan going on the show?

BR: I didn’t audition actually. My old roommate was asked to be on the show, and without telling me, she gave them my Instagram information and I received a message soon after. I just kind of went with the flow, and did a few interviews. Before I knew it, they had cast me and sent me all the paperwork. At that point, I had a moment where I was on the fence, having never really watched reality TV or done anything like this before. At the end of the day, I decided to just go for it, get out of my comfort zone a little bit.

TH: Going on Temptation Island as a single must be interesting. How was it being a single amongst all the other singles and the couples on the show?

BR: Being a single and living with all of the other single women was… interesting, to say the least. I’m a very empathetic person and so I pick up other people’s energies and emotions without even really trying. That made it a bit challenging to live with such varying personalities for such an extended amount of time. It was inevitable that buttons would be pressed and eventually tension would rise. I did my best to be easy on others and not take things too personally. I’m also not really into partying and drinking and a lot of the other women love to do that. I did take part, I’m not saying I didn’t, it’s just not my usual favored environment to be in. At times, I found it hard to find some peace and quiet from that energy. I did a lot of yoga to counter that and connected with nature as much as I could. It was fascinating to observe the way people act in that kind of situation.

TH: What did you learn from Temptation Island? Would you do it again?

BR: I learned so much! It really was like a human experiment. I learned a lot about myself and how strong I am. I learned a lot about others and how we all have past trauma in some way, shape or form. There’s a lot of projection that happens in everyday life, and so it’s important to remember that we never truly know what someone is dealing with or going through. No one is perfect, but I have massive respect for the people that never give up in learning and the desire to better themselves. I would definitely do it again, but I think I’d go in with a different set of tools.

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TH: Did you act any differently on camera versus how you are in real life? Do you have any reality show secrets for us?

BR: At first, being on camera was a little bit hard because it’s like, right in your face. I was shy in the beginning and felt a little awkward, but after a few days it got a lot easier and felt more natural. So, no, I don’t think I really acted differently on camera than I do in real life. Other than one thing- I made a large effort to give my cast mates the benefit of the doubt and not react from a negative place. If it’s being filmed, it’s just not really something you can take back and I didn’t want to be insensitive or disrespectful to anyone. That only went so far because there were definitely one or two personalities that deserved to have some boundaries set.

TH: Do you have any interest in doing any other reality shows? If so, which ones? What are some of your favorite reality shows?

BR: Funny thing is, I hadn’t watched any reality TV before filming Temptation Island, so I don’t have a favorite! Since I got home, I’ve caught a few episodes of the newest Bachelor season. All I can say is, it’s oh so very interesting, especially now that I have some behind the scenes experience. I’m open to doing more reality TV, but it would depend on the show for sure.

TH: Do you still talk to anyone from the show? Did you form any real connections?

BR: I do still keep in touch with some of the cast from the show. The bond was very circumstantial and special because we were all in this unique experience together. I did form some real connections, but you’ll have to keep watching the show to see what I mean.

TH: Now that you’re done with Temptation Island is over, what’s next for you?

BR: It’s my dream to help people, as I know exactly what it's like to feel lost in this world. I’m so inspired by the amount of messages I’ve been receiving from fans of the show that just want help and guidance on how to feel better or live a healthier life, mentally, spiritually and physically. I’m in the midst of planning some really special retreats with some equally gifted teachers and leaders. I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned with more people.

TH: Do you have any advice for anyone looking for love on tv?

BR: Go into the experience with a true open heart and mind, and do your best to stay connected to your intuition and gut feeling the whole time. Finding love in the world of reality tv is definitely possible, but so many outcomes are equally as possible. It is an unusual situation to place yourself in, and sometimes not so favorable personalities can be attracted to it based on some of the more shallow aspects that come with being on tv, like fame. As long as you stay true to yourself, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Thank you so much, Brittney! Great advice! We can't wait to see how the rest of your time on the island plays out.  Temptation Island airs Tuesday nights on the USA Network.

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