Thank you for being here.
My name is Hannah Sahara Grace. Here is a little about what Yoga has taught me…
My practice on the mat began when I was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis when I was 13 years old, depressed, angry and rebellious – but the real journey began post-spinal fusion surgery at age 18 when I jumped into my Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver B.C. Canada. Six beautiful months of falling in love with the integration of these powerful teaching’s and wholesome practices. The optimism of yoga and meditation gifted me the space to break down my walls of debilitating limiting beliefs. I had a growing fire in my belly to help others feel a part of community and family – and to be active in their own health and liberation. Teaching yoga was not something I expected myself to deeply enjoy when I chose to study it.
Through dedication and discipline I managed to stay and breathe into the uncomfortable postures when I wanted to do nothing but leave or move, to “sit in my shit”, as my Yin teacher says, (emotional, mental crap arising from opening up the physical body), I fell in love with the physical dance of asana (yoga postures), the emotional support I began to craft for myself, and the spiritual practice of Oneness it showed me.
Opening myself to my fears of speaking to classes of 30 or more was not easy, but in sharing my own yoga practice with my classes, I found I could hold beautiful space and facilitate others through the breath into the very belly of their emotions. I began to witness these students, all ages, shapes, sizes, beliefs, stand in their self love and compassion towards their own unique experiences on the mat. I fall deeply into joy when I witness humans being human. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to stand at the front of class, and see breath guiding bodies. Total presence.
My Yoga classes are a spicy, sultry mix of sweating, laughter, deep breaths, sighs, and soul-speak. My values as a yoga teacher are deeply rooted in connection and Sangha: community. I wish for these students to feel support for themselves and between one another in the process of unraveling, coming undone, and also to embrace who we are, feel liberated in our lives and healthy in our bodies.