Hello! My name is Grace Higginbotham. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but have lived in several places; from Alabama to North Carolina and now Nashville, Tennessee. I am a Health and Wellness graduate from UNC Asheville with a passion for living and encouraging others to do the same. I love to practice yoga, laugh, travel, and read about almost everything.
I was introduced to yoga as a child by my mother, but it wasn’t until I was 19 when I truly brought yoga into my life for some honest soul searching. At 21, I moved to Asheville, North Carolina where I found my university and a true yoga practice waiting for me. I started taking classes regularly at Asheville Community Yoga Center and it changed my life.
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 studio; but sparked my initial drive of becoming a yoga teacher. 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 teachers brought their extensive yoga knowledge and wove all of it into a beautiful and 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 every day. 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 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,