Sheryl Grunde, RYT
Sheryl has embraced yoga as a way of life. She has a gift for helping people to feel comfortable and relaxed, and a way of describing breath and movement that is easy to follow. Her students love her gentle voice, her keen eye for alignment and the creative flow of her classes. She has been teaching yoga since 2000, and deepening into her own practice since 1996. Sheryl is also a practitioner of Thai Massage and a doula, helping women to relax and breathe through labor as they birth their babies.
Sheryl was greatly inspired at the age of 19 by her first yoga teacher, Arturo Galvez, who taught at UCSD, where she received an undergraduate degree in Human Development. From him she learned alignment and adjustments based in the Iyengar tradition. After graduation, she journeyed to India to spend a couple of months studying with Iyengar teacher Diwaker in Rishikesh, India, who opened her mind and body to the amazing power of breath. She returned to the U.S. and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Ananda’s Expanding Light in Nevada City, CA. She began to teach classes in San Diego, while attending the School of Healing Arts and becoming trained as a massage therapist. She studied anatomy of yoga in a series of workshops with Roger Cole, M.D., senior Iyengar teacher. In Ashland, she completed a 200 hour Anusara Training with Hanneli Francis, and a Level one Hakomi Training as well. Since 2008, Sheryl has had at least 200 hours of training with D’vorah Swarzman in Thai Massage, sometimes called “lazy man’s yoga,” because of the many shared aspects of the practices.
Sheryl’s classes are grounded in the power of breath to transform, and through all of the movements, students are reminded to remain focused on the breath. “We come here to breathe,” she says. She has a deep understanding of how bodies move, and how to help people relax, so that her students come away feeling refreshed, challenged, and newly conscious of their strength. She guides her classes through a seamless series of movements that awaken core strength, heart opening breath, and confidence. She pauses to explain, demonstrate and make sure that her students understand how the movements are connected, how to access strength they didn’t know they had, and how to release what they were not aware they were holding on to. She loves to come around and make hands on adjustments, so that her students can feel the opportunity for new direction in their movement.
Sheryl has a love for people and life, and hopes to inspire that love in others. She is a truth seeker, and lives life with an open heart.