Words by Melissa McGavock
Photograpy by Eric Killingsworth
Meet Yoga lover, Gabrielle Kinser. She is the owner of the new Yoga studio in Granbury, Metamorphic Movement. Her teaching level is designated as E-500 CYT. She has taught over 4,000 classes and has over 5,000 teaching hours.
Gabrielle’s mission is to create a space that is for everyone and to break away from the yoga enthusiast stereotype. She explains, “Yoga as a culture has become way too inaccessible for too many people. The studio is a safe space for any person interested in learning and instant results are possible.”
Gabrielle further explains that her studio is “trauma conscious.” And there’s a very good reason for that. When she was 14 years old, she suffered from a blood clot near the temple of her head in her brain. It was a “freak incident” that required surgery. Gabrielle wasn’t expected to come out with many physical abilities left, including walking. The doctors expected her to suffer from long-term disability.
A couple years later, a cloudy, difficult couple of years, Gabrielle took her first yoga class at her half-sister’s father’s studio in Stephenville, Texas. She remembers her first class well, “It was pretty bad, my depth perception was poor… but moving my body after so long, my body and mind felt called to keep going..” She especially remembers the final resting pose, called Savasana.
“After 6 months or so, I started to see big changes… My hearing improved, my eyesight started to get better, I was able to start buttoning my clothes again, everything started coming back together and I thought, this is it.. I signed up for my first 200 hour teacher training.”
Gabrielle knew this was her calling and she knew eventually she would make a career out of yoga.
Practicing yoga regularly increases flexibility and balance, both physically and mentally. Literally translated, yoga means “to connect.” Gabrielle explains, “the issues are in the tissues,” meaning that many people may not realize how much stress and trauma their physical body holds onto, and it affects their everyday life. Mind and body practices that enhance awareness can be healing and also very challenging. It’s imperative to seek out an instructor that is qualified.
Gabrielle calls this “nervous system resetting.” The results include better physical and mental health, and improved memory and neuroplasticity. Becoming more aware of your body and connecting your mind helps to balance emotion which is one of the reasons why this practice is becoming more popular for treating trauma and stress. It helps one to feel more in control and more confident.
This is included in her complete, in-person yoga teacher training classes. “Teacher training is a lifestyle change, the more we learn about trauma and how it’s affecting our bodies… (through training) we live a more authentic life. We understand ourselves a bit more, we go through the yamas and niyamas, this is my favorite part of teaching.” She explains, “It’s the first two limbs of yoga, yamas signify restraint and niyamas, non-restraint.” We should think of it as a guideline of how to live with an “open heart” and how to better know when to let go.
Gabrielle’s mother passed away when she was a teen. She’s always imagined her mom as a butterfly, a creature that experiences metamorphosis and physically changes throughout its life requiring new goals to fulfill. The name of her yoga studio, Metamorphic Movement, came to her during meditation. When she talks about the name, she lights up with positive energy and excitement. At the young age of 23, Gabrielle Kinser has realized her dream and she’s ready to share it.
Book a Class! Yoga is available 7 days a week right here in Granbury.
“After six months or so, I started to see big changes… My hearing improved, my eyesight started to get better, I was able to start buttoning my clothes again, everything started coming back together and I thought, this is it.. I signed up for my first 200 hour teacher training.”
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