Updated: May 10
1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you?
I’m a wife, mother, writer, yoga teacher/therapist. I think all of my life experiences enables me to teach from a place of compassion and love for the vicissitudes of the human experience. I try to teach forgiveness, compassion and love for the self is the only way to have true forgiveness, compassion and love for others. My motto to my students is self-care is not self-indulgence.
2- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
I got an MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from Emerson College where I was humbled and then rebuilt back up to believe in myself as a writer. In spite of the successes of graduate school and the publication of my first novel, I couldn’t outrun the shadow that had always followed me, my depression. In 2012 the depression I had tried to outrun got the better of me and I was hospitalized in the psychiatric hospital after a full breakdown. After being released from the hospital, it was my yoga practice, along with the full support of family, friends, therapist, psychiatrist that I was able to make my way out. My own healing was what propelled me to do the first 200 hour teacher training. It was what took me down the road to become a certified yoga therapist because I know how this practice can help one to heal. It is what defines me as a teacher/therapist.
3- Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are?
I always say that I didn’t choose this field, so much as it chose me, much like writing. I had taught writing and now I teach yoga. The one commonality is teaching, but also my own love of learning. If I hadn’t gone down the yoga path I would have gotten my PhD. As far as role models, other than my mom, they are not just ones in the field of yoga but rather people I encounter who live life in a way with a purpose, meaning and trying to add to the greater good.
4- What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy?
The word legacy is so loaded. I’m not one who worries about such things as legacy since at one point in my life getting out of bed was an accomplishment. If I were to answer this question, I guess I would hope to be known as a person who helped others see the best of themselves, to feel the best about themselves, hopefully starting with my own son.
5- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
From a global level we can all engage to protect and to improve the planet from global warming, but also from all of the inequities laid bare by this crisis. With that said I believe the small acts and changes we each make can make a greater distance than some big dramatic act.
6- In less than a minute, without sounding like a used car salesperson, tell us where to find you and what is the next big thing that everyone should be anticipating from you?
You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Medium under Yuliana Kim-Grant. In NYC I teach for Equinox at various locations. I have also started a yoga therapy private practice in NYC called Yoga Therapeutics. I have finished my second novel and will see how the market place responds to it.
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