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 as a way to gain strength and develop flexibility.
What I gained through regular practice was so much more than I‘d imagined and it bloomed beyond just the physical poses and cool sequences. It awakened in me a curiosity to explore all parts of my being - my present self as result of my past habits, patterns and relationships. I began the journey that so many of us do when we study and observe ourselves with consciousness. Going back to my practice, no matter where I might be, allows me to face, see and embrace my most authentic self and work to be my best self to those around me.
In 2008 I moved to NYC to find a new career path, transitioning away from business operations and event management. My yoga practice provided me a much needed respite from the chaos of city life and after 10 years practice with some of the country’s elite teachers, I received my 200 hour training with Brooklyn Yoga Project, and 75 advanced training hours with Kula Yoga Project in NYC.
After five years of teaching full-time in the City, I needed to live closer to nature and began spending winters on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in a small beach town, where I also received Gentle Yoga training and certification from the School of Chiang Mai in Therapeutic Thai Massage.
My path continued to evolve and I felt the call to ground myself, and am filled with gratitude to find a new community in Telluride, Colorado. I enjoy discovering the beauty of Mountain life with my fella and our rescue pups, Chiva and Rosita.
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, NY 2016
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.