Featured Teacher: Jasmine Astra-elle Grace

Why do you practice?
I practice yoga for health, self-acceptance, compassion, devotion, and clarity of mind. I practice so I can teach from experience and I practice so that I may know my own true nature.

Inspirations?
As a leader you constantly have to find ways to be inspired. I find my inspiration on my yoga mat, in nature, spending time with my daughter, painting, music, reading a good book, watching a good movie, reading inspirational quotes and poetry, perusing pinterest, cooking with fresh quality foods, and being with friends. I guess I find inspiration in everything – I love life for all of it!

Who do you admire?
My family, especially my husband Jeremy Grace and daughter, Ella Grace. My business partners, Marcia Miller, Linda Oshins, & Martha Marcom. My friends and my students.

Who have you trained with?
Maty Ezraty, Richard Freeman, Tim Miller, Matthew Darling, Cyndi Lee, Loren and Camille Roche, Doug Keller, Rodney Yee, Marcia Miller, Linda Oshins, Martha Marcom, Joanie Delph, Linda Chun, Taylor Hunt, and Hari Karin Khalsa.

What style do you teach?
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Meditation, Art & Yoga, Slow Burn Candlelight Yoga, Business of Yoga, Yoga for Runners.

Do you own any animals?
Yes, a stray, tiger striped, grey cat who showed up at our door. We named him Shadow. He is pure love and knows Reiki. 

What’s on your playlist right now?
I love music: Trance Dance, Sting, Crowded House, Amos Lee, Snatam Kaur, Rolling Stones, Black Keys, and Adele!

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
My Manduka Black Mat.

What style influences your teaching?
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Cyndi Lee’s Om Vinyasa.

Favorite yoga pose?
Urdhva Danurasana (Wheel)

Favorite quote?

Our thoughts create our world -- Buddha

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
I don’t watch much TV. By choice we don’t have cable/TV. I do like a good secret spy movie though!

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Jasmine Astra-elle Grace. I often tell people I married my husband for his last name not his good looks! That always gets a smile.

Your favorite item of clothing?
Lululemon Yoga Pants, of course – they are the best and last for a long time.

What did you want to be when you were little?
A healer/doctor.

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
A horse or a snake. Different animals for different periods in my life. The horse is a symbol of strength, loyalty and perseverance. The snake represents transformation and change.

Backpacking or a luxury hotel?
Both, with no attachment to either. Just accept and enjoy what is. I recently went to Kripalu and stayed in a dorm with 20 others and it was fun.

What words best describe you?
Catalyst. Inclusive. Collaborative. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Spiritual.

Fun fact about you?
I collect mortars and pestles.

Why do you teach?
I teach to inspire a daily yoga and meditation practice and to help people feel more alive in their own body! I want us all to be more “awake” on and off the mat. I see yoga as a way to heal -- inside and out by helping us soften into accepting who we are, right here, right now.

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