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Yogi Tones Featured Yoga Teacher – Macy Graham

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha

Which studio?

hungryoga.com and Hungryoga at Ascent Therapy Clinic

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In my yoga room at home.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

It’s comfortable and convenient.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Yoga brings awareness to my every day off the mat. It has allowed me to eat slowly and mindfully. I’m able to take deep breaths in challenging situations. I practice cleanliness, discipline, compassion, and living in the moment in my every day life. I’m better able to protect my energy, set strong boundaries, and follow my heart in my life because of the yoga practice.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

I’d go skydiving with my husband.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I started teaching right after I received my certification in my hometown Atwood, Kansas. The local massage therapist let me teach donation based classed there for a few months. It was the perfect opportunity to jump into teaching with my training so fresh. I loved it.

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Dancer

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Yoga was the tool that pulled me out of a major depression, binge eating, and coping with alcohol. My darkness has truly became my light, and I’m so inspired to guide people along their own journey towards self-realization and creating a lifestyle they love.

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Bali

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

Well people fart in my classes all the time… hahaha! So I get embarrassed for them. As a teacher I remember being really embarrassed to speak my voice in teacher training.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

Just do it. Give it a chance. Try different styles of yoga and see which one speaks to you. Also, find your teacher. Having a strong connection with your teacher is everything!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Izzy Bizu “White Tiger”

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

Helping people out of pain. I run a wellness program out of a physical therapy clinic so most of my private yoga clients are going through rehab or transitioning out of it. Seeing them feel relief after every session is pure joy. I also love teaching online and have created the Beginner’s Yoga Online Course and the Chair Yoga Online Course on hungryoga.com. It’s been awesome connecting with people around the world, and even back in my hometown. Through my private coaching programs I help women stop binge eating by teaching them mindfulness and the practice of slowing down. It’s all such beautiful work.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me at http://www.hungryoga.com, and on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube under @hungryoga.

Anything else you would like to add?

Yoga is something that I take off the mat. It has allowed me to let go of things that no longer serve me. The practice of yoga is how I re-learned how to be myself, and how I stay connected to my purpose. The deeper meaning behind @hungryoga is that “hungry” and “yoga” really do share my “y” or my “WHY”. The reason why I even have this account, this brand, this movement, is to help people to stay hungry for life. I have lived the struggle of hating on my body and not trusting my decisions around food. I have been in that shitty job that doesn’t allow freedom. I have felt like the victim to the reality I was creating. I have also done a complete 180 in my life where now I absolutely LOVE food and trust myself fully around the decision to eat whatever I want. I ADORE my job as a yoga teacher, mind body eating coach, and lifestyle designer. I HAVE the freedom I always desired. My “why” runs so deep within me to help other women do and feel the way they want to feel, and live the way they want to live. @hungryoga is my dharma.


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