Gloria attended her first yoga class in 1969. She remembers attempting to wrangle her legs into the lotus position. She couldn’t begin to get into the pose, so she wrote off yoga as an activity for people far more flexible. Fast forward about 40 years. After the first six months of regular practice, her chronic shoulder pain went away. She was thrilled to see her progress in strength, flexibility and balance as well as mindfulness. She became a true disciple and now practices daily, enjoying the inner peace and calm she experiences and applying the lessons that she learns both on and off the mat.
Gloria has been a teacher and practitioner of art and art history for over 40 years and a salsa dancer and instructor for over 15 years. She retired from teaching in June of 2015 and enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training at Hothouse in Iowa City. She received her yoga certification in April of 2016 studying under Maureen Mondanaro and Darcy Lefebure. The lesson she has learned through her career in teaching art and dance is that when you teach, it deepens your level of understanding. Gloria is, first and foremost, a student of yoga and always enjoys learning more, especially from her students.
She is so grateful to be able to share her yoga journey. Each practice, to her, is like a microcosm of life. It is never easy, but it is always wonderful.