Instructor Profile: Paula Edwards

What do you hope to share and what can people expect during your classes at Goorus?

I hope to share that yoga is just a conspiracy to spread love. It is an ongoing practice that is unique and beautiful to each practitioner and the sooner one can embrace their own expression of each pose, the sooner they can deepen their own practices. I wish for my students to become more interested in how a posefeels--not how it looks.

I try to hold and create a safe place so each practitioner can have the experience that they are meant to have while practicing a challenging and balanced flow.

What are your 3 favorite yoga poses?

Ardha chandrasana/Half Moon Pose: It reminds me of life...trying to create stability out of instability...to expand in every direction and to shed light on darkness.

Virabhadrasana III/Warrior III: Again, I love the challenge of balancing while also cultivating awareness of all the nuances of this pose. The variations are endless!

Corpse Pose/Savasana: I think of the final resting pose as a metamorphosis for yogis. One may look like they are resting peacefully, but just like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly the practitioner is transforming.

I don’t have just one “bliss pose,” but I love the entire Surya Namaskar B (Sun Salutations) sequence, linking my breath to the movements and getting lost in the rhythm and the flow.

What bit of advice/yoga instruction do you find yourself sharing most with your students?

1) The harder you are on anything the quicker you wear it out, and 2) you can take care of anything without touching it.

Paula teaches Balanced Flow on Monday mornings at 9 and Fusion Flow on Saturdays at 8:30am; both are Level 2/3 classes.  If you haven’t yet tried Paula’s classes at Goorus, we encourage you to do so!

Gretchen Lightfoot

A Yoga Alliance RYT-500, Gretchen trained with Carmen Fitzgibbon, Thomas Taubman, and Gigi Snyder of YogaWorks in Los Angeles. Gretchen’s teaching experience includes YogaWorks, Neutrogena, Fancy Feet Dance Studio, the Palisades Library, the Palisades Rec Center, and one-on-one work with a number of private clients throughout LA.

Gretchen’s classes vary in style. Her weekday morning classes run from a balanced, all-level flow to a chilled-out yin practice, to an Iyengar-style wall practice. Sunday morning flow tends to be a little more energetic (expect music). Regardless of the style, Gretchen encourages practitioners to listen to their bodies and modify where needed.