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Raina Gradford

Soulshine Yoga

I have always been connected to the idea of liberation through movement. I first started studying yoga in 2001. I found yoga to be a great complement to my background as a dancer. I loved connecting my breath with movement, and the sense of calm I experienced after each class.

Dancers spend hours of training to get their bodies to move in a very specific way that is precise and aligned, so their bodies can tell a story with movement. In yoga, we are exploring different positions with our bodies and a story starts to emerge. Yoga brings attention to what's going on in the body physically and mentally. When we begin to focus on our breath we learn to quiet the mind. This quiet stillness allows us to notice and become aware of how we actually feel. This internal awareness is powerful and healing. Once we know what's going on in our bodies we can then figure out what’s needed to make them feel whole. I think this idea of feeling good/whole is at the root of why we do things. We all crave the feeling of joy, peace, and serenity. Once I was able to make that connection between feeling good/whole and doing yoga I knew I needed to share that knowledge with others.

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Practice Yoga Studio in the Spring of 2016. I am currently completing my 300-hour teacher training program. I teach several classes in the Austin area. I teach various styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yoga for athletes, with a focus on alignment.

My goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone so they can use it as a tool to connect to their true power source which comes from within. I want to build a diverse yoga community that embraces, encompasses, and uplifts all people and all cultures

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