Teacher Spotlight: Grace
This month at YogaTherapies, as our teaching tribe continues to blossom and grow, we’re rolling out our first 'Teacher Feature’ , allowing you to get to know a little more about the people who lead your practice!
Having taught classes at YogaTherapies for well over a year and a half now, Grace has recently joined our ranks as a full time member of staff and we couldn’t be happier to have her. Read on for a quick-fire interview with our very own Amazing Grace!
Let’s start with a brief background…
G: From studying photography at university, and working in various internally successful ecommerce studios over eight years, I began practicing yoga when i was 23, and it quickly became a huge part of my life.
Tell us a little about your teaching style?
G: I teach a dynamic style vinyasa which draws inspiration from forest yoga and ashtanga styles. Focusing on combining breath work, and movement to flow through a sequence which will balance between challenging you, but simultaneously teaching you to soften into the practice.
Who/what fuels your inspiration?
G: I love attending workshops and classes with various teachers as I love trying out different styles of practice and teaching. I think there is so much to learn from everyone on this path and that’s what really inspires me. The fact that I’m always the student in this practice I find so humbling. When I had first started my teacher training I attended a week long series of Shaman Vinyasa Kriya workshops at the Studio with Esther Lim, and I was blown away. She really opened my eyes to some of the more spiritual elements of the practice. Every time she comes back to Newcastle I try and make time for her workshops.
What brought you to yoga?
G: As a fairly active and competitive athlete in school, I first went along to a yoga practice with the impression that it was a difficult form of physical exercise. Which it can be, but it wasn’t long before I started to notice the benefits to my wellbeing, mentally and physically, which really began to transform the beauty of this practice for me. It was no longer about the challenge of the handstand or a crazy arm balance, but about my own personal growth.
What is your proudest yoga moment to date?
G: Thats so hard! It’s been such a whirlwind, and my year and a half of training and teaching have all been amazing. I think from receiving my 200hr qualification to building my own weekly classes, assisting on and leading surf and yoga workshops to now being a full time manager on the Yoga Therapies team It’s all been huge for me. A very recent highlight has to be teaching a sold out workshop at the Sage in Gateshead teaching alongside an incredible musician was something I couldn’t believe I had the opportunity to be a part of. It’s been an incredible journey so far.
Favourite yoga posture and why?
G: It’s tough but it’s got to be Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, or Pigeon pose I think. When folding forward, I just love how secure and grounded I feel there as well as the release of the full pose. I also adore high energy poses like Urdhva Dhanurasana; Wheel pose, I love a heart opener!
When you’re not teaching, you are....
G: Taking photos, reading, practicing, or at the gym or surfing. I’m a bit of a music fan so I’ll always be at a gig or watching bands with my friends.
One line of advice for beginners:
G: Enjoy it, and just be open to where a class or your practice can take it. It’s never where or what you expect and I think that’s a really important part of it.
Where/when can students find you teaching? (class times/days/locations)
G: I teach in Gosforth at the Mala on Monday’s at 6:30pm; this is an energising vinyasa class aimed at intermediate level students. Then on Tuesday evening’s I’m at the Den in the City Centre at 7pm for a Vinyasa class suitable for all levels. I also teach at the Den on Saturday’s at 12:15pm. I teach at the Heaton Studio on Thursday’s at 7:30pm, which is an hour and 15 minutes, a dynamic vinyasa flow for intermediate levels. I always love seeing new faces at my classes, so come along and say hello!