ABOUT GILLIAN: I have been practicing yoga since 2007 and teaching since 2012. I found yoga at exactly the right time, when I was undergoing major shifts in my life. It was a time defined by intense stress, emotion and grief. My yoga practice sustained me through this time and I am grateful for the benefits to my mental and emotional health, in addition to the physical self, then and now, years later.
In 2019, I became certified as a Grief Yoga Instructor in order to learn, practice and offer this important modality in the community, recognizing the importance of feeling and expressing emotions related to losses we experience.
I am drawn to energy work and specifically, Reiki, a Japanese healing art, as both an alternative and integrative healing protocol; meaning it works well alone and also alongside conventional therapies. I have been attuned to Reiki I and II since 2011/2012.
I have been in love with the rich ethereal vibrations of the gong since I first heard the gong played in a NYC yoga class. Wow! I have been playing the gong in classes and workshops since 2013 and have been certified in Gong Therapy, a one-on-one personalized practice since 2018.
I have been studying herbalism off and on since 2010, in the Ayurvedic tradition, Southern folk medicine tradition and Western herbalism. I am certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (150 hours), Family Herbalist (Southern Folk tradition, from the Appalachian Center for Natural Health) and am also a practicing herbal apprentice with Grassroots Herbalism, a global herbal community.
I live in Tuscaloosa, AL with my wonderful husband, Chris (an all-around super-duper human being) and our scrumptious fur-baby, Momo. I am pursuing my MSW degree as a graduate student at UA in the School of Social Work and have earned my MBA from Rutgers University.