Gayla Downey

Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor

In 2018, Gayla (RYT-200) began her healing journey from alcohol and substance use disorders, which soon led her to the practice of yoga. Today she is the owner and operator of Grateful Heart Yoga, is a SheRecovers® Trauma informed Yoga teacher and certified ‘Yoga for All’ Yoga teacher. Gayla is also the local SheRecovers® Ambassador for the St. Louis region, she holds a weekly women’s recovery group every week at Birch Tree!

"What began as a goal to spend 5 minutes a day connecting breath with movement, has become my passion and purpose. Through mindful practice, over time, we can reclaim our bodies and ourselves." - Gayla