As a lifelong athlete, I grew up in a big family in Mpls-St.Paul, Minnesota, playing multiple sports until I tore my Achilles’ tendon in 2005. Forced to find a new way to move and stay fit, I discovered Yoga and eventually moved to NYC in 2008 where I discovered a slew of elite teachers who passed along their traditions and teachings.
What I gained through a regular practice was so much more than I anticipated as my consciousness bloomed beyond physical poses and cool sequences. Like so many of us, the physicality and ‘the workout’ I devoured in classes kept bringing me back to the mat. But it’s the timeless teachings and traditions of Yoga that has kept me fascinated and filled with passion.
Most importantly, my practice has helped me find and develop a kinder, gentler and more compassionate approach to my being and those around me. It asks me to face, accept and embrace my most authentic self, including all of my imperfections, and learn to live in a better way.
Soon the time came for me to go further. I became a certified instructor in New York City in 2014 and taught full time at a variety of respected studios for 5 years. In 2017, I branched out to begin teaching in a warmer climate during the Winter months in San Pancho, Mexico to both a local and expat community dominated by healers from around the World. It was here that I also trained in Gentle Yoga, which has helped me offer the benefits of practice to all bodies and ages which has been very rewarding and keeps challenging me as a teacher. I also offer regular ‘mini wellness retreats’ called Self-Care Sundays, which you can read about in my EVENTS page.
At the moment, I find myself in love with small town life and have traded NYC for Telluride, Colorado during Summer/Fall seasons, where you can practice with me at local studios and the public library, or enjoy a thai massage.
Yoga is for everyone, and every body. You don’t need to be in shape, or flexible to attend class or book a private session. All you have to do is show up with a beginner’s mind and give it a try.
RYT 200 Hour Certification – The Yoga Project, NY (dba Brooklyn Yoga Project) 2014
75 Hour Advanced Kula-Style Teacher Training w/ Schuyler Grant & Nikki Vilella – Kula Yoga Project, NYC 2016
30 Hour Iyengar Style Teacher Mentorship w/ Nikki Costello 2017
Gentle Yoga Training w/ Mary Bolton - San Francisco, Mexico 2018
Advanced Adjustments w/ Wayne Krasner, Mexico 2019
Therapeutic Thai Massage Certification - Thai Massage School of Chiangmai 2018
Gretchen’s athleticism, spirituality and strength flow gracefully through every class. A natural teacher, Gretchen calmly encourages, appropriately challenges, and positively inspires every student. Gretchen personalizes instruction in a way that makes all participants feel valued for who they are and what they are able to do in the studio. Perhaps most importantly, Gretchen is a wonderful person. Kindness, generosity and care radiate from her being - allowing all practitioners to feel valued, respected and loved. – Jim B.
Gretchen has the unique ability to get the best and most out of you in part because she is candid and honest in her teaching, incorporating into classes her personal experiences in a novel way. She is authentic in every sense and this pushes you to really ‘let go’. Her classes are always different and challenging yet engaging and as a bonus the music is perfectly suited to each sequence of movement. – Natacha & Anthony W.
Gretchen’s classes are that magical/sought after balance of physical challenge and higher-level thinking/stimulation. She always works hard to ensure that everyone feels welcomed, and is engaged at whatever place they’re tuning in from that day. Always encouraging, always good-natured, always a great class. – Milou G.
Gretchen is calm and measured in her instruction, always managing to create the perfect pace of movement. Not only does she provide an incredible workout, but she also encourages me to let go of insecurities and focus on my practice. She finds the humanity in yoga, whether she’s sharing a personal anecdote to help ground us, reading a carefully chosen passage to inspire us, or using her magic hands to make clear and personalized adjustments. – Mae F.