About Alaina

I like to think that yoga found me, as opposed to myself discovering yoga. Although, that could lead down a very dangerous road (the chocolate found me…I promise). My first yoga class was in high school, taken as a P.E. credit. I had signed up not knowing exactly what to expect, but with the idea that anything would be better than “Team Sports” knowing that I’d get hit in the face sooner or later with a basketball and/or dodgeball. Note: this was an assumption based on experience. Sports weren’t really my thing…

Well, after stumbling upon this first experience with yoga, I was immediately hooked. I instantly fell in love with the challenge of finding both strength and grace in every movement I made. It was the first time I had felt so connected with my body, and, more importantly, how strong it was and the vast potential it had to offer. As a teenage girl struggling with feeling awkward in her own skin (as most young girls do) it was a liberating, exciting and beautiful discovery.

About three years later, I decided to enroll in Yoga Work’s 200-hour teacher training program in Seattle. I had been practicing on and off at various studios, and was still enamored with the way yoga made me feel. I was like an addict. I wanted more. After receiving my certification in June of 2007, I began teaching at Mieko’s Fitness, and remained an instructor there for a little over two years. Since then I’ve taught at Hot Yoga of Mill Creek, Twist Vinyasa Yoga in Edmonds and UniverseCity Yoga in Seattle.

I’ve also journeyed to Rishikesh, India in March of 2010 and received my 300-hour certification from Sattva Yoga. The focus of my training in India was much more meditation-based, and I feel it balanced out the more physical and anatomical focus I had previously received. It was an eye-opening, enlightening and joyful experience to visit such an incredibly beautiful place. I hope to return again someday.

For the time being, I have stepped away from my role as an instructor and no longer teach public classes. I’m at a transition point in my life where I feel it’s best to focus on being a yoga student. I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and currently work and live in San Francisco. I’m loving where I am on my path right now, and excited to share my thoughts, yoga news and updates with you along the way.

We’re all beginners at heart, and I’m eager to continue my yoga practice and learn from all it has to offer. I hope your path is full of laughter, gratitude and all things that make your heart sing, whether that includes yoga or not. Enjoy yourself. Eat chocolate. And most of all, have fun.

Cheers,

Alaina G.

Photography by Kelsey Fleetwood.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ReadersHeaven
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 06:26:40

    Hi, nice to meet you !

    Reply

  2. jennifer
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 20:36:48

    alaina! i love your sites’s new look!

    Reply

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