Gillian St. Clair on Yoga, Ditching the Electronics & Overcoming Fears on a Yoga Retreat
November 23, 2015
Finding an inspiring yoga retreat guide isn’t always easy, so when we found Gillian St. Clair we decided to have her lead yearly retreats to epic destinations.
You’re guiding the Jungle Life Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica. Why retreat to Costa Rica?
I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica. My home base is Nashville so whenever given the opportunity to be near water I’m ready!
We’re excited to experience the Osa, home to the Corcovado National Park. What makes this region so special and why are you excited to you here?
I’m most excited about the wildlife and being near the ocean. I just want to drop my electronics and open my eyes the beauty that will surround us.
What does “adventure” mean to you?
To me, adventure means trying something new or something that scares you a bit. I am super afraid of underwater creatures, which means I will be in the water as much as possible, to get over my silly fear and pretend to be a badass.
This retreat is quite #offthebeaten mat and includes surf lessons and multiple excursions. What are you most excited about?
I’m mostly excited about ditching the electronics!
How do you encourage your students to get out of their comfort zones?
I actually ask people to get comfortable first. You can’t play the edge if you’ve never explored your boundaries. Exploration leads to great conversations and away we go!
What got you interested in both teaching and practicing yoga? What’s your mission as a teacher?
I’ve always been a mover. I danced as a kid and found yoga pretty early in life. I, of course, felt the physical attachment that fed my movement’s needs, but it took away the feeling of competition or the need to please others. I could practice yoga for myself and that was incredibly freeing.
The reason I teach yoga is because I’ve found ways to take pain away. How can you not share that with others?
What does the practice mean to you?
The name of my yoga studio is Steadfast and True Yoga. I believe a practice should be that – consistent and honest.
Can you describe the AcroYoga that you plan on teaching on retreat?
We will start super basic with static postures and then start linking postures together into creative flows. In the evenings, therapeutic movement will restore everyone.
Besides yoga, what are you passionate about?
I’m pretty boring, I mostly like to train through yoga, AcroYoga, and CrossFit (which makes me more diligent in my yoga practice). Both my husband and daughter are big movers as well so whatever we do we are moving and playing.
Who inspires you?
My family. My teachers.
Would you mind sharing your favorite quote?
“When you don’t know what to do, turn around and give.”