INTERVIEW WITH: LINE GRANTHAM
Can you tell us about your background?
Before having kids, I was working in the corporate world in management. So let’s just skip that part.
I come from an athletic and dance background. I’ve always been very active and back in my younger days, I even had the opportunity of traveling around the world with Club Med for three years, as an aerobics instructor.
What brought you to yoga?
About 5 years ago, I felt like something was missing in my fitness program and wanted to give yoga a try.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I literally fell in love with the practice. At first, the physical aspect of yoga was very appealing to me but then I realized other amazing benefits: How to slow down, be more present and find peace & calm amidst the demands and pressure of every day life. I couldn’t stop talking about it so I decided to become a teacher in order to share my enthusiasm and passion with others.
And becoming a teacher made me want to be a student forever.
What do you love most about teaching?
When I teach, it’s like I’m doing something that matters and there’s no better feeling than knowing you are maybe impacting people in a positive way.
What is your favorite pose?
Trikonasana for sure. It just feels so good everywhere in my body.
What should students expect from you?
A French accent! Joke aside, students can expect positive energy, enthusiasm and a dynamic & well balanced sequence, accompanied by an inspiring musical playlist.
On a side note, music has played a huge part in my life growing up; My parents would always dance in the living room, I danced for years, my two brothers and I all played an instrument and even had a little band at some point. I find music to be very powerful, moving and inspiring. Hence, it’ll always be part of my classes.
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings?
It’s so individual for every student. My hope is that they feel this sense of balance when leaving my classes. Hopefully each one can pull something out that makes them feel positive and inspired throughout the rest of the day.
Proudest yoga moment?
When I was finally able to hold side plank for more than 5 seconds! This pose was my arch nemesis from the beginning.
Most embarrassing yoga moment?
My teaching career is still very young and I already have a few. Let’s just say that the French will do that to you; I’m constantly adding an “h” where it shouldn’t be.
“When the breath wanders, the mind is also unsteady. But when the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still.”
Some of the present teachers at Vayusha have played a big role in my journey so far. They have inspired me in so many different ways. I will forever be grateful to them.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
Be patient with yourself and strive for progression, not perfection. Once you experience the positive impact and benefits a regular yoga practice can have on your life, you’ll be hooked!