Judy McClain, Director
Judy McClain founded Grace Yoga in 2009 to answer a call from the community for classical yoga studies. She has been teaching seven classes a week for seven years at Grace, has precepted six groups of teacher trainees, and never has her life felt so fresh and unordinary. Judy teaches through the grace of her guru, Sri Dharma Mittra (dharmayogacenter.com), and continues her studies with Dharma in NYC. A devotional yogi, Judy lives in the Grace ashram. She wakes each morning to teach classes that are collusions of language and form, spirit and body, love and muscle.
Judy was elected Best Yoga Instructor in Newport County by readers of Newport Life Magazine.
Grace Yoga has won a Best of RI Monthly award.
Priscilla Szneke integrates 30 years’ experience as a nurse and epidemiologist with her commitment to meditation and yoga. Mindfulness, the art of interacting fully and intentionally with the present moment, is a central part of her practice and teachings. She’s on the Grace Teacher Training faculty. Her website is Seventh Element: The Art and Science of Mindful Living.
Amy found the joy of yoga in her 40’s, as a relief from increasing stiffness and pain in her joints. Through the development of her physical practice came a deep body awareness, and in time she found the wonders of connection to her inner self on a much deeper level. Daily life and relationships became peaceful and fulfilling as never before, as she studied classical yoga teachings. Amy completed the Grace School Teacher Training in 2014, and continues at Grace in fulfillment of her dream of sharing her joy with others.
Lisa Kodzis In the fall of 2006 Lisa began her formal study with Sri Dharma Mittra; the following year she went on to study in Dharma’s 500hr teacher training program. Lisa continues to practice Dharma Mittra Yoga in New York City whenever she can. She teaches in Westerly, at the Heart of Avondale, and with her husband is the co-owner of Paddle Surf RI. Lisa has completed the 200-hr program at Grace and brings her joyful and devotional spirit to her classes here.
Kate attended her first yoga class in Antigua in 2006. Noticing the lightness and ease in her body, she was instantly hooked. She came upon Jivamukti Yoga in 2008 and has been studying the practice since. Jivamukti incorporated radical activism that she hadn’t heard discussed in other classes, so it was an obvious choice in 2012 to attend the 300hr teacher training. Kate is very grateful to have found Grace Yoga, where she is deeply encouraged and inspired by the community on the path of yoga.
Sue Dunbar has been practicing yoga since 1997 and is a member of the first graduating class of Grace School of Yoga, 2009. She has a deep appreciation for all styles of yoga, including vinyasa, mindfulness, and yin. Most recently, back problems led her to explore the healing qualities of restorative yoga. Sue seeks to make yoga accessible to all students and provides a safe environment to investigate movement and breath. She is also a language arts teacher in Newport.
Eliza Richmond is a storyteller, avid adventurer, and yoga teacher best known for integrating the science of Ayurveda with the elements of yogic practice asana, pranayama, mudra, chanting, and meditation. Eliza earned a bachelor’s degree in yoga studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She served on the faculty at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Canyon Ranch, and taught for the last two years in the Bay Area. Eliza’s mission is to serve as a guide helping students reveal their individual inner truths, and to cultivate a deep sense of peacefulness.
Pam Rand is a well-known and experienced Kripalu-trained yoga teacher from Narragansett, RI. She has been teaching 5 classes per week since her 200 hour certification in 1999. 300 additional hours of Kripalu training include Pranayama with Don and Amba Stapleton, Kundalini with Rebekkah Kronlage, Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, Vinyasa with Sean Corn, Ayurveda with Larissa Carlson and Scott Blossum and most recently, meditation with Sudhir. In addition to her regular yoga classes, Pam trademarked a program called Yoguides in 2005, which began as a professional development in the RI public schools and has since been adapted for the corporate setting. Yoguides are 10-minute segments of yoga-based activity. Each segment involves a breathing activity, a physical posture and a guided imagery. Pam is a Reiki Master.