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.