RYT 500 | Teacher
Europa Grace (they/them) is a mixed-race black, queer, non-binary trans person, currently living in San Francisco (Ramayatush Ohlone, Yelamu Territory), originally from Albany, NY. Since 2012, they have been a teacher of the healing practice of yoga and meditation – which, to Europa is not just a physical practice but an opportunity to breathe oneself into existence, a journey to retrieve the soul. They are an E-RYT 500 teacher trainer at Yoga Garden as a part of 200 and 300 hour training.
After working as a Holistic Wellness Coach at a mental health recovery center, Europa started facilitating social justice and yoga workshops during a year-long internship at the Kripalu Center in 2014, and went on to manage and teach in 200hr teacher training. What better place to unpack our most deeply ingrained beliefs than within a philosophy that centers self-inquiry and compassion?
As Yoga Garden’s Cultural Competency Consultant, they work closely with students, teachers and management to dismantle oppression collectively within the organization. Europa is also a spoken word poet, cellist, movement and installation artist. Europa insists on transforming the impact of systemic and personal trauma in order to generate long lasting change through alternative education, experimental performance and collective care.
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