GILLIAN...WITH A G
I have been studying yoga and meditation for over 12 years. Since my first time on the mat at 17 years old, these practices have brought me deep peace and self-acceptance in the face of all manner of body-image struggles, depression, and life's general ups and downs. Practicing to me feels like coming home.
I am a 500-hour Certified/Registered Yoga Teacher with additional certifications in kids' & teens yoga, yin yoga, Balanced Athlete(R), and mindfulness meditation. I focus on creating safe, accessible, and empowering classes that provide whatever space the student needs in that moment, from strong vinyasa flow to grounding restorative sequences.
In January 2021, I graduated from the 2019-21 Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, studying with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach to hone my meditation teaching skills and bring this powerful practice to as many people as I can.
My intention is for my students to leave class feeling stronger and better equipped to handle the ups and downs of daily life with a little more steadiness and ease. Teaching mindfulness has been a dream of mine since my first class, and it is an honor to bring these practices to others.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of the teachers who have guided me along my path. Jacqui Bonwell, David Vendetti, Bill MacDonald, Jen Palmer, Sue Bonanno, Johnny Gillespie, Kate Robinson, Nicole Clark - incredibly talented yoga teachers who created the foundation for my teaching. Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Carla Brennan, for sending me out into the world well-armed with the medicine of mindfulness. Deep, deep bow.
Outside of yoga, I hold a Bachelor's degree in English from Converse College, and a Master's of Liberal Arts in Food Studies & Food Policy from Boston University. I am a wife, dogmom of a sweet and stubborn Westie named Amelia, an avid traveler, and a card-carrying introvert.
CERTIFIED MINDFULNESS MEDITATION TEACHER
Graduate of the 2019-2021 Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program under direction of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
500-HOUR REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER
300-hour certification from Jacqui Bonwell & the Sacred Seeds Yoga School
200-hour certification from Universal Power Yoga with Jen Palmer, Sue Bonanna, and Bill MacDonald
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS &
RESTORATIVE SEQUENCING TRAINING
Teacher: Nicole Clark
10-hour training for specialized slow flow & restorative sequencing
RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Teachers: Kate Robinson, Nicole Clark
24-hour training with emphasis on trauma-informed teaching
BALL ROLLING & SELF-MASSAGE
Teacher: David Vendetti, E-RYT 500
BALANCED ATHLETE(R) LEVEL I COACH
Teacher: Johnny Gillespie, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, ERYT 500
CERTIFIED YIN YOGA TEACHER
Teacher: Sagel Urlacher, E-RYT 200
24-hour training focused on yin/meridian sequencing and mindfulness meditation
REIKI I (SHODEN)
Teacher: Elise Brenner, Brenner Reiki Healing
HEALING TRAUMA THROUGH YOGA
Teacher: David Emerson
Online training on the Trauma Center's Trauma-Sensitive Yoga methodology based in clinical psychological theories and neuroscience
CERTIFIED KIDS YOGA INSTRUCTOR (AGES 3-18)
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Classes for ages 3-11, pre-teen, and teen