Gabrielle Douglas (Gabby), RYT-500
Gabrielle (Gabby) has been practicing yoga and meditation for 18 years and teaching both for 8 years. She studied ballet as a child and teen, and when she found yoga, it felt like a natural transition from the fluidity and movement of dance. Due to chronic pain in her body from the repetitive movements required of her in her 17-year hairstyling career, she realized she had to make a positive change for herself and chose to teach yoga full time. She obtained her 200-hour certification in Vajra Yoga and Meditation with Jill Satterfield in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and in New York City.
Through accumulating many hours of study with various teachers and styles of yoga, and also through teaching group and private classes, workshops, and retreats, she has developed a well rounded style of her own. Gabby has mostly studied Hatha, Iyengar, Vajra, Anusara and Restorative Yoga. Her education focused on alignment within each asana/pose, and how to mindfully unite body and breath. She feels most comfortable teaching classes at a slower pace, saying “in this way we can find our alignment and mindful breath and fulfill each pose before moving on to the next.” Her classes have been described as grounding, strengthening, challenging, meditative and relaxing.
In addition to having a ballet, yoga and meditation background, Gabrielle has also been a songwriter and musician for 23 years. She has toured throughout the United States and many parts of Europe with the band she plays in with her husband, The Cush. She is very passionate about playing, writing and recording music, and loves to help people experience positive energy through the power of music.
Yoga keeps Gabrielle grounded and tuned in to both herself and life around her. Practicing yoga helps her feel more peaceful with life, and she enjoys helping others find their inner peace as well. She dedicates much of her time to helping people learn the benefits of yoga, and the experience gives back to her in so many incredible ways. She feels driven to share this knowledge with anyone who wants to learn!
A note from Gabby: "Yoga always brings me back to an abundance of love, compassion and gratitude, and I experience more clarity and strength in my body and mind. I feel gratitude to have the opportunity to teach yoga. I'm inspired by other people's practice everyday. It is a blessing!”