Name: Ally Grubba
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Didn’t everyone at some point in time want to be a marine biologist?!
List three words that describe you:
Positive, Passionate, Thoughtful
Tell us about your first experience with yoga:
I discovered yoga about 5 years ago – I felt like a fish out of water the first time I got on my mat – and yet, at the same time, I felt like I was “home.” I was inflexible, weak, distracted, anxious, and somewhat directionless – over time, my yoga practice brought me flexibility, strength, presence, peace, and direction. I believe in the healing power of yoga – and one of the reasons I became an instructor was to share my story, and to inspire and empower others.
What is your favorite aspect of Yoga?
Unity through breath.
What is the most challenging aspect of yoga, for you personally?
Staying out of my head and getting out of my own way!
How have you seen your practice change/impact your life?
Too many ways to count – the most profound changes I have experienced are: presence, patience, forgiveness, and self-acceptance.
Why do you love teaching at Cleveland Yoga, and what is your favorite aspect of teaching?
Witnessing students have breakthroughs on their mat – physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Tell us about a memorable/favorite moment teaching yoga:
The most recent moment was teaching yoga with Amy on the rooftop of the Ernst & Young building downtown. There were many moments I forgot I was in Cleveland!
Do you teach yoga full time? If not, what other things do you do for fun/work?
I wish! I work full-time for State Farm Insurance. My current position allows me to work from home which allows for flexibility to teach/practice! I also enjoy spending time with family & friends, traveling, cooking, football season, and connecting with others:).
If you had one piece of advice for a beginner yogi, what would you say?
If you had no restrictions (money, responsibilities etc.), what would you with the next 12 months?
I would travel the world!
What is your favorite song to sing aloud to when you are alone in your car?
“All I Want For Christmas” by Mariah Carey – all year long, on repeat.
Who inspires you to be your greatest self?
My amazing parents!
What is your your favorite quote:
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.” – Ralph Waldo Emerso