Professional Experience + Teaching Style

Gretchen Wood Lakshmi, E-CYT, CPYT
Sampoorna Yoga | Kundalini Yoga | Sacred Sound Healing

Sat Nam + Namaste

If you’re craving a deeper, richer life experience but aren’t sure how to begin the journey, let me help you find your own path by inviting you to connect to the deepest levels of your highest Self.

You are your own best healer.

It’s my job to facilitate your expansion and personal growth. I’ll guide you towards your own personal path of healing and teach you methods that help to overcome the anxiety + depression that take up residence within us after abuse, trauma, and any other deeply rooted pain.

There is great wisdom in the body and the natural world.

As a healer, part of my work is to give you the space to open up to a deeper sense of who you are within. We do this work together – I give you the tools and then hold the space while you move inward. This work is not easy, and it can require time and patience, on both our parts, but I assure you that it IS worthwhile and absolutely life-changing.
We do this through a number of practices:
✧ Yoga + Meditation
(Classes and Private Sessions)
ღ Wellness Guidance
∞ Chakra Work
♫ Sacred Sound Healing with Crystal + Tibetan Bowls
△ Tarot Readings – Accessing the Subconscious

Certifications, Training, and Experience

I’ve been privileged to teach yoga for over 10 years, have obtained over 15 years of experience working in the health + wellness industry, and have maintained a personal yoga practice for over 20 years. Sharing the essence of yoga + inviting healing are my heart’s greatest passions.
200-hr Hatha Yoga Shiromani | Leela Mata Foundation for Enlightenment
Kundalini Prenatal Yoga Instructor | as taught by Yogi Bhajan
☉ Trauma Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga
☉ Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
☉ Yoga Teacher’s Master Summit 2017
I’ve logged over 5,000 hours of hands-on teaching time, both in class settings and through one-on-one private yoga + meditation sessions.

Personal Teaching Style

My yoga teacher training certificates are based on both hatha + kundalini yoga styles, so my classes often blend the two together.
My hatha roots are in the Sampoorna tradition born out of Swami Sivananda’s teachings brought to the west by Swami Vishnu Devananda. I received my 200-hr YTT at an ashram tucked away in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. My guru, Leela Mata, and other teachers at the ashram studied directly under Swami Vishnu Devananda.
My teaching style incorporates meditation (samadhi), energy work (chakras), chanting (mantra), the physical postures (asana), and breathwork (pranayama) practices. When we practice, we are looking to increase our vitality + energy while calming the mind + making room to connect with our radiant light bodies.