I first discovered yoga in 2005 while recovering from surgery after a major injury that ended my athletic career. After months of rest, I had to get back in shape and needed to find a different approach to fitness that didn’t involve pushing my body beyond its limits. I was craving balance and a healthier lifestyle. What I found through yoga turned out to be so much more.
With each class, I learned more about how my body and mind were connected, and realized my thoughts were directly impacting my physical health, relationships, goals, and overall well-being. Once I acknowledged that connection, I was able to allow myself the time and space to change and grow without requiring perfection. The transformative nature of yoga allowed me to relieve myself of long-held guilt, grief, stress and tension with each trip to my mat, and in turn I was able to generate more joy, happiness, peace and acceptance in my life.
I teach Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Gentle and Yin styles of yoga, and I enjoy weaving dharma throughout to offer you spiritual considerations that extendinto your everyday life. I receive regular training and inspiration from my teachers and mentors, including Schuyler Grant, Nikki Vilella, Elena Brower, David Regelin, Ally Bogard, Nikki Costello, Amanda Harding, and Ossi Raveh.
Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, I've been living in Brooklyn, NY since 2008. I spend Winters teaching yoga and offering massage in Mexico, where I prioritize spending time in Nature, immersing myself in the community and continue to travel my own spiritual path. Living my yoga is my passion, and I look forward to joining ours.
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
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.