#92: Excelling with Grace - all about yoga, health and performance with Jeff Grace
Published on January, 30th 2018
By Greg Wells
This week we do a deep dive into yoga, mental health, and building a career that is in alignment with your health and dreams with Jeff Grace. Here’s a little more about Jeff in his won words:
I began practicing yoga in 2001. I was attracted to it because of both the physical and psychological benefits you can gain from developing a personal practice. Yoga has helped me to improve both my performance in several sporting pursuits and my overall wellness.
I am trained in vinyasa (flow), hatha, yin, restorative and advanced therapeutic yoga practices. I also have 20 years of experience in the coaching profession. During that time I have developed a unique and proven teaching methodology that has help many people achieve their athletic goals at every level.
I have now applied that methodology to what and how I teach people while on the yoga mat. Throughout my life I have dealt with many health challenges which have included athletic injuries such as shoulder tendinitis, several bone breaks, multiple concussions and a herniated disc.
My most significant and life altering injury was due to a car accident that happened in 2010. The injuries I sustained in the accident led me to eventually need spinal surgery. After my spinal surgery my medical team and I used yoga as part of my rehabilitation.
Incredibly in five months we were able to reach our goal of getting of becoming healthy enough to take my 200-hour yoga teacher training.
I have also been challenged with a mental illness. In 2001 I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. Since that time I have been able to develop and use a wellness plan that has been very successful. A big part of that plan is my personal yoga practice. Although I still suffer the symptoms of this illness they have become a lot less significant. A huge contributing factor in my wellness has been the mindfulness practices involved in yoga and my improved body awareness, which allows me to have a greater understanding of how my symptoms effective not only my emotions, but my physical wellbeing.
Because of these experiences I have gained a huge insight on how to apply a yoga practice in a way that helps promote wellness both physically and psychologically.
You can learn more about Jeff and his work at his website http://www.excelwithgrace.ca/.
Here are a few of the videos Jeff created for listeners of this podcast:
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