Having just moved to San Francisco for a new job in 1998, Grace was just looking one day for something to do. She wasn't looking to change her life or find fulfillment, but that's exactly what happened when she had the good fortune to find a Bikram Yoga class at Global Yoga, owned by renowned Senior Bikram Yoga teacher Mary Jarvis. She was hooked, and her life immediately took a new direction. Grace practiced whenever she could, and after nearly 20 years as a healthcare executive, she left the traditional corporate healthcare world to become a certified Bikram Yoga teacher in 2003. More...
She wasn't necessarily athletically inclined, but was an avocational dancer. The Bikram series replicated for her all that she loved about dance: the mindful movement of her body in a deliberately choreographed manner. But it gave her an opportunity to do it with a quiet mind … not outwardly expressive like dance, but inwardly calming like meditation.
Grace teaches with compassion. She loves teaching Bikram Yoga because she loves practicing Bikram Yoga.
"We all have a *something*… bad knees, back pain, arthritis, excess weight, inflexibility, diabetes, heart disease, and/or stressful jobs, just to name a few. Just come for your first class. We all start somewhere. Don't force yourself into a posture, and never allow yourself to feel suffering or self-criticism. Instead, practice with patience and consistency. Your body will open up when it is ready. This practice is life-changing, microscopically and infinitesimally! I want to expose as many people to this method of yoga so that they too can experience its euphoric physical and mental health benefits. Everyone can practice this series. I've taught students with cerebral palsy, rods in their spines and artificial knees, hips and shoulders.
My students often tell me that I’m great at motivating them. In fact, with all their hard work and dedication, it is they who motivate me, and for that I am always grateful."
Grace opened and operated Bikram Yoga Cedar Knolls (NJ) in 2007, but sold it and moved back to her hometown of Manchester in 2015 to care for an aging parent. She is delighted to be back! Close