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IMG_7880Gaynell has been teaching Vinyasa yoga and Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) in Indianapolis and Cozumel, Mexico in English and Spanish since 2009. In addition to her Irvington Wellness Center classes, she currently teaches two Y12SR classes at Tara Treatment Center. She has also taught ‘Opening Yoga to Everyone’, an adaptive yoga practice for people with physical disabilities at Pilates Indy.

  • Her experience and certifications include:
    • 200 hour and 500 hour certifications as a Vinyasa yoga teacher with Rolf Gates in 2009 and 2014.
    • Level 1 and 2 training at Mind Body Solutions with Matthew Sanford to teach “Opening Yoga to Everyone”, adaptive yoga for people with physical disabilities,
    • Yoga of Twelve Step Recovery (Y12SR) Intensive and Y12SR Leader Training with the program’s founder, Nikki Myers.
    • Completed a year-long course of study at Spirit Rock Meditation Center to teach mindfulness yoga and meditation consisting ofs 10-day silent retreats with study, teleconferences and daily personal practice between retreats. Her teachers there included Phillip Moffitt, Will Kabat-Zinn, Ann Cushman, and Pascal Auclair,
    • Assistant to Rolf Gates and Nikki Myers since 2010 at the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conference at the Esalen Institute. Assistant to Rolf Gates at the same conference at Kripalu.
    • She has completed the first module of the Warriors at Ease training to teach yoga to people in the military.
    • Intensives with Sean Corn, Marsha Pappas, Todd Norian, and Laurie Blakney (Iyengar yoga),

”Yoga is much more than a physical practice and its ultimate purpose is to still the mind. Yoga has been a constant that has sustained me through the stresses of body, mind and spirit in my life. It continues to be an amazing journey of growth. I am humbled by the opportunity to teach and see the gifts of yoga come alive in students: the light in the eyes, calmness of mind, vibrancy in the body, and the experiential realizations of the connection of body, breath, mind and spirit in the present moment that can be used in everyday life. I love helping create not just a class, but a community. I teach a themed practice that imparts an embodied experience of yogic and spiritual principles, for example, being in the present moment with whatever is happening, watching, and then responding with skill and compassion.”

“I have no ideal student since I truly believe yoga can be of benefit to everyone, although not everyone may embrace it. I have had the privilege of seeing the most amazing transformation in the most unlikely of bodies and minds.”

Gaynell has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 2007 and gratefully receives teachings from Geshe Jinpa Sonam at the Indiana Buddhist Center. She has had the precious privilege of four times receiving teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the US and India.

She is the mother of three grown children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She and her husband Ken live in Irvington.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and practiced as a community organizer, addictions counselor, medical social worker, training and technical assistance coordinator for Legal Services Corporation and a program coordinator for parenting programs. She has owned her own landscaping business, Growing Connection, for over twenty-six years. She has also been a scuba instructor.

“The pose is what we are doing. Yoga is how we are being in the pose and in our lives.” Rolf Gates

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Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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