Nomadic from birth being raised by traveling minster, seriously with my older siblings, two cats and a dove, we traveled all over Europe and the US listening to my mother teach (I would say preach but she didn’t, she taught.) It’s funny how “traveling” “sitting” and “listening” have become such a huge part of my adult life. The sitting and listening part took me a long time to come to terms with.
I started my asana practice in 1999. I came from a life of dancing (ballet & contemporary) didn’t know how much I relied on the physical to take care of my emotional state until the day I quit dance. I had no knowledge of where I was storing all my feelings (my life) until then. So when I took my first Ashtanga yoga class I felt completely clear again, it was magic! I felt whole.
After coming back from India, I opened Steadfast and True Yoga in Nashville TN in August 2010. I wanted to create a studio and space that holds tightly to values of right action and less distraction, to create healthy reactions. I wanted to create an extended family. I succeeded. Steadfast is constantly growing and evolving, but it has been and will continue to be an amazing journey for me.
I am very passionate about truth and integrity and ask for that in my yoga classes. I ask the yogi to seek the knowledge of breath and asana before the fluidity and vinyasa. Having said that, I teach very strong alignment based Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha classes. When you come to my class know that you are safe and supported in the journey we take together. It’s important to understand that everything in yoga is attainable although its process that needs to explored.
I ask the students to focus on what their true needs are and let go of wants. That way they (we) can stop being so needy and stop wanting what isn’t ours. “Contentment before bliss, peace is in the middle.” I think I’m funny and love when people laugh at my jokes. I adore and thank the universe daily for my husband Jason and our daughter Sydelle.
Gillian St. Clair