Just as the tracks for a train give it direction, stability, and guidance, such is the practice of yoga for Gabrielle. Meeting Amy Pearce-Hayden in 2006 was pivotal in Gabrielle’s journey along the yogic path. Amy’s guidance and instruction of yogic philosophy and a deep physical practice allowed Gabrielle to see why she was so drawn to the practice. She developed an awareness of the body that years of athletics and a degree in an exercise-related field could not offer. The idea of the physical body being a metaphor for the emotional body became so apparent. As her physical practice deepened, she found not only physical release, but also the willingness to be more open emotionally–and the ability to be more comfortable with who she was. Her gain in physical strength propelled an emotional strength that Gabrielle hadn’t even realized she was seeking. Gabrielle enrolled in the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program at TheYogaScape in 2006 and four years later traveled the path of the 500-Hour Teacher Training with certification in 2011. She sees this as a truly life-altering experience; one where she had filled her toolbox with all she needs to find peace and happiness in everyday life–to stay connected to Spirit. Gabrielle’s intention as a yoga teacher is to share her experience with others, and to remain open, so that through her expression others may discover something new about themselves. Gabrielle is Senior Faculty at TheYogaScape.
Gabrielle Semel, RYT 500