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Gracia Gimse McKinley

My Spirit Community
Guiding Teacher and Co-Founder
Northfield, Minnesota, USA
Gracia radiates warmth and acceptance, acting as a mirror to reflect the pure goodness and beauty that exists at the core of your being. She teaches meditation and spiritual studies, always encouraging students to trust themselves as their own authority and rely on their own experience as the ultimate source of information. Her teacher trainings in meditation and inter-spiritual studies empower yoga teachers and other helping professionals to inspire and facilitate awakening in their students.

Gracia has traveled and studied in many countries. She was introduced to meditation at a Zen monastery in Japan when she was ten years old, and first studied Tai Chi with a master in Taiwan that same year. Yoga became an important part of her life after a silent yoga retreat in northern Thailand when she was fourteen. Gracia spent ten years in various trainings with the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, where she was ordained as Swami Vidyananda in 2013. She teaches in a variety of venues including yoga studios, conferences, and corporations. She and her husband, T McKinley, are the co-founders of My Spirit Community. www.myspiritcommunity.org