Huma Gruaz

Huma Gruaz
500HR CERTIFIED | ADVANCED & CLINICAL YOGA THERAPY | YOGA & SOCIAL MINDFULNESS | 300 HOURS CE

Huma obtained her RYT 500 and YTRX 500-C certification studying with leading medical doctors, yoga therapists and visionary pioneers in the yoga world at Loyola Marymount University's Advanced Clinical Yoga Therapy Program (level 1, 2 and 3). This first and only university accredited program in Yoga Therapy in the United States integrates western medicine with 2000-year-old yoga tradition and has greatly influenced Huma’s teaching. Prior to this, she completed her 200 RYT certification with True Flow Yoga in Newport Beach.

Being a former competitive swimmer, Huma draws both from her experience as an elite athlete, her training as a yoga therapist, as well as her background as an artist to ensure her yoga classes address the physical and spiritual needs of her students. Huma’s continued studies in yoga therapy, safe alignment and her in-depth knowledge of anatomy allow her to approach her teaching with great knowledge and mindfulness.

Educated in Europe and America, Huma Gruaz is fluent in four languages, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a double major in Economics and Fine Arts, holds both an executive MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a fine art degree from the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Huma is also an award-winning branding and marketing expert (selected as top PR woman in 2014 and 2015, and Brand Marketer of the Year in 2010 by PRNews) and leverages her expertise in communications to give effective, concise and accessible cues in her yoga classes to optimize the benefits her students get from practicing yoga. Coming from a cut-throat corporate world, she understands first-hand the benefits and importance of the journey of wellness one experiences with yoga. She is passionate about teaching classes that inspire her students, and impact their life in a positive way, helping them fortify the connection between mind, body and spirit. She encourages her students to foster a deeper communication with their bodies to focus on an individualized and deeply spiritual practice rather than being concerned with an idealized pose.

Favorite Yoga Move: 

Warrior 2 – An important foundational pose that is a crucial element of my yoga practice as well as teaching. I love the inner strength and confidence that this pose cultivates along with the humility and willingness it signifies. While it is easily accessible, it also offers layers of challenges. It helps improve my stamina, endurance, balance and concentration while encouraging me look to at the horizon with no fear. Ultimately, we are all warriors in life, working towards looking at our future with conviction and strength regardless of any turbulences or unexpected changes that may come our way. When we are connected to our “purusha”- who we a really are - then we tap into the warrior within us.

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

Decreased stress levels, increased my mental acuity, improved my overall wellness; however, the physical benefits of yoga are secondary to its impact on me on a spiritual level. I am happier, more centered and more present in life.

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

Huma turned to yoga to manage the excruciating chronic pain in her jaw, insomnia as well stress due to demands of her corporate job as the founder and CEO of a national communications company. Once she experienced the healing powers of yoga, she decided to become a yoga teacher and help spread the benefits of yoga practice to those who are looking for alternative treatments for health issues or want to manage their stress.

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

Passionate, knowledgeable, anatomical, spiritual, challenging