Grace is a yogi, energetic healing bodyworker, and 24-year Air Force Veteran who has realized her soul purpose is to give back to the community and offer those who would seek to, the opportunity to raise their own vibration and find their healing path.
She is a lifelong learner and continues to seek out opportunities to expand her knowledge and the offerings at Nadi Om Wellness in an effort to help those who would choose this path.
My journey into the fascinating world of yoga started in October 2019. I spent 21 years in the military, serving in various locations around the world and being physically active for many years. I was forced to retire from active duty after discovering a chronic illness that prohibited me from participating in high-impact exercises. A long time Martial Artist, I studied Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu, Shotokan Karate, and Bushido Karate. Since retirement, I was not exercising as much as I was accustomed to. I decided to seek out holistic wellness activities that would help me become physically and mentally fit. After some online research, I discovered Nadi Om Wellness in Ocala, FL, offering five free yoga classes to veterans and first responders. I reached out to Nadi Om Wellness by email to inquire about yoga lessons and my intention to find a low impact exercise regimen that would still challenge me and keep me physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. After participating in my first yoga session at Nadi Om Wellness, I was hooked and wanted to learn more. After a few months of practicing yoga at the studio and falling in love with yoga’s holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing, I decided to enroll in the Nadi Om Elemental Yoga Teacher training in January 2020. I became a certified yoga teacher in January 2021.
Serving others has always been a big part of my life. I passionately served my local communities as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, United States Marine, United States Army Soldier, Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist and now as a Certified Yoga Teacher. My goal is to share yoga with anyone interested in learning more about themselves and improving their overall health and wellbeing. I have always been drawn to the creativity of expression in movement, specifically, the sequenced movement patterns in the martial arts called forms. There are many similarities of movement and breathing in yoga and the martial arts. I sincerely hope that as a male yoga teacher, more men, as well as those who feel they cannot do yoga due to “lack of flexibility”, will be willing to give yoga a try and reap the many physical, mental, and emotional benefits from practice.
George is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).
My first experience with “yoga” was in 2016 when my daughter purchased six (6) classes for each of us at a studio in Longwood, Florida. At that time I didn’t even know the basic poses in yoga or any of the underlying philosophy of yoga.
I didn’t really practice yoga again until 2018 when a friend encouraged me to attend some classes in Ocala. Those classes eventually led me to take yoga teacher training with I Love My Body Yoga. It was through that teacher training I gained a better understanding of the mental and spiritual elements of yoga. Although we do not always understand the paths we are shown in life, they lead us in the direction we need to take.
I continued to practice yoga, but my thirst for more knowledge and a better understanding of yoga was not yet fulfilled (I doubt it ever will be).
My life’s direction next guided me to Nadi Om Wellness at a point they were beginning to offer Yoga Teacher Training with an extremely robust curriculum of not only many of the philosophical aspects of yoga, but also an in depth instruction in anatomy and many of the other elements that are critical to the teaching (and learning) of yoga.
I spent my career in the legal industry and in management roles. I often wonder had I known about yoga and practiced yoga during my career, would things have been different during that phase of my life. Perhaps. But, then I realize yoga is actually within all of us already. It is that Divine piece within each of us that makes us all spiritual beings and part of the One.
My hope would be that I might have an opportunity to share the full elements of yoga (physical, mental and spiritual) with students in my teaching of yoga.