Hello! My name is Grace Higginbotham and I want to thank you for getting to know me. I was raised Atlanta, Georgia, but have lived in several places; from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Asheville, North Carolina and now here in Nashville, Tennessee. I am a Health and Wellness graduate from UNC Asheville with a passion for living my best life and encouraging others to do the same. I live in East Nashville with my fiancé and our sweet pup. I love to practice yoga, laugh, have a fun time, travel and read about almost everything.
Although, I was introduced to yoga as a child by my mother, it wasn’t until I was 19 when I truly brought yoga into my life. At 21, I moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where I found my university and a true yoga practice waiting for me. I began to take classes regularly at Asheville Community Yoga Center and it changed my life. (Being a non-profit studio and offering donation-based classes, this made it FAR more affordable to me and my student budget.)
Early, in 2013 I decided to enroll in Asheville Community Yoga’s Student Immersion program. This experience not only brought me closer to the teachers at the center, but sparked the thought of becoming a yoga teacher for the first time. I felt called to action and the feeling wouldn’t go away. So, in January of 2014 I decided to enroll in ACY’s 250 Teacher Training program. My teachers included Michael Greenfield, the executive director of the center, Amber Acheson, Mado Hesselink and Kelly Gilmore; along with some other amazing guest teachers.
These incredible individuals brought their extensive yoga knowledge and wove it all beautifully into a vastly comprehensive program. We focused primarily on the Hatha yoga tradition, but also emphasized the Spirit of Service (Karma yoga) and Spirit of Devotion (Bhakti yoga). After 7 months of training, practicing and sharing in such an awesome experience, I was introduced to a totally new “Me.” Now, I make an effort to get on the mat everyday, even if that means simply to sit and be present.
My passion for holistic wellness education and my connection with my yogic path guides each practice as I accompany students on a nurturing journey of Self discovery. I am constantly in awe of how yoga can change our lives. It is beautiful what the body, mind and soul can do when we open them up to live and move freely. When I am on the mat, I resonate to my core with my teachers from Asheville Community Yoga Center and their mission of 'Freedom through Service'. I hope to serve my friends, family and community through my love of yoga, my insatiable appetite for movement and my drive to leave them feeling empowered within their bodies.
Peace and Love to All,