An interview with Gail Braverman
Native San Diegan, Gail Braverman, 71 years young, found A Gentle Way Yoga Center 14 years ago from a Massage Therapist referral. As a runner, she was always very athletic, so yoga was very different for her. She started with Lanita’s gentle classes and moved up to more active classes over time. Her favorite classes are Diane’s Brown Active classes.
Gail says, “A Gentle Way Yoga is a very warm and welcoming place with tremendous permission to listen to your own body and not do anything that isn’t right for you.” She says that attitude of acceptance, compassion, loving kindness and warmth is what makes this Center a true family.
She credits yoga for helping her and others through times of chaos, pain, suffering and loss. “Yoga is a ritual, something predictable and dependable no matter what’s going on in your life,” she says. She became a yoga teacher to give back the wonderful teachings that have been given to her. The classes here are led with “heart and soul”, she says.
Gail is a Marriage and Family Therapist, and she teaches yoga weekly at a synagogue. She loves doing workshops about the wisdom of the second half of life. She has three daughters, and five grandkids.
Gail says the message from Lanita and A Gentle Way Yoga is “be in any shape, size or age and feel welcomed. Lanita has served as a model of inspiration – being wholly who she is in a larger body and setting that example for others. She is influential in changing the thinking of what the image of yoga is and who can access it.”
We love you Gail!