When and how did you start practicing yoga?

I took my first yoga class in 2009. I was a dancer, gymnast and cheerleader in my younger years and could already feel the effects of years of training on my body.  I had heard that yoga was a safe way to retain my flexibility and to reduce my daily aches and pains.  I fell in love with yoga during a difficult time in life, my mat became my place of solace.

How has it helped you grow as a person?

Yoga has calmed my mind, which has a tendency to run rampant.  Learning to breathe through stressful situations has become my biggest ally.  The lessons I learn on my mat have transferred to my life in ways I could never have imagined.

What should students expect from your class?

My classes are sequenced with my best intentions to help my students grow both on and off the mat.  The union of breath with the physical asana is an essential part of what I offer each and every class.  I love to teach challenging poses intertwined with the ancient teachings, as an opportunity for growth and self-inquiry.

Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?

I love the challenge of the powerful flow classes and the stillness of the deep stretch classes.  I see the need for both in my life and I like to switch it up while being true to what my body and mind need at any given time.

What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?

Yoga is a part of my everyday life; I love all aspects of the practice and always enjoy learning new methods and styles.  I work full time for the Cheatham Nutrition and Cognition Lab doing research on memory and brain development in kids and adults.  My dharma is to merge my loves of science and yoga by conducting research on yoga and its effects on the brain.

Grace’s class was so creative and playful – it was really unlike any other class I had taken. Thank you for having me – I’ll be back!

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