Yoga Teacher Interview Series: Caitlin Graham
I haven’t gotten to meet the lovely Caitlin Graham in person yet, but we got connected through one of my best friends, and Caitlin’s mat buddy, Megan Fitzmartin. I loved Caitlin’s approachable and fun-loving personality. Even though they were written, it shined brightly through her responses. Also, her dog is adorable. 🙂 I can’t wait to make it to one of Caitlin’s classes soon! Enjoy!
Caitlin Graham // Yoga Teacher at V Power
Tell me a little bit about yourself in a few sentences.
oh boy! Why is it that the “tell me about yourself” questions are always the hardest to answer?
Let’s see – I am a wellness enthusiast. My husband calls me the “Kitchen Witch” due to all the random ingredients I put in smoothies, soups, snacks, etc. I love my yoga practice. Whether it’s home or in a class, I always walk away feeling so empowered. I have the sweetest husband, Mike, and the best dog in the world, Clementine. My obsession with Clementine has reached an unhealthy level.
What type(s) of yoga do you teach?
I teach mostly Vinyasa flow classes.
Where did you do your teacher training?
Balanced Yoga, in Clintonville. At the time, the program was called “Balanced Yoga University”.
Where do you currently teach?
I currently teach at V Power Yoga, downtown, and I really enjoy teaching private classes with clients.
What do you hope your students take away from your classes?
It’s my goal for my students to walk feeling a sense of contentment and balance – like they can tackle anything in their day with a calm mind. If they feel like they have also gained some humor, that’s a big plus. I try not to take myself too seriously when I teach, and encourage others to find humor in everything as well.
What does “yoga” mean to you?
Yoga has become part of my identity, just as much as being blonde, or being female (or being too obsessed with my dog). I find I can be much more mindful off the mat, if I spend time on the mat. It centers me, it grounds me, and I feel the same sense of balance I hope to bring to my students.
How/when did you start practice yoga?
I took a yoga class in college, which, was basically an intro to a few select poses and I remember leaving the class and immediately going to run on the treadmill. It was all about the sweat for me then and I wasn’t feeling it because of my mindset at the time, I didn’t take another class until years later, at a silent auction, I won a 5-class package to a yoga studio. I was going through a breakup, and was looking for something to help me with the anxiety of it all. I started taking classes, and haven’t missed a week of classes since!
When/what made you decide you wanted to start teaching?
I would visit several studios around town, and started looking up to so many teachers in Columbus. I loved how they made me feel after class and always had the small thought in the back of my head of “I want to help people find this feeling”. So, I went to a few various info sessions, put it off for a while out of nerves, then one day just got up the courage to pull the trigger and sign up.
What is the most challenging part about being a teacher?
Showing up for the students when you aren’t mentally there. I want to lie and say other things don’t affect my teaching, but I’m human. When you have a group of people looking to you for energy and Zen, but you feel anything BUT energetic and Zen, it can be hard. On those days, I try to give more verbal queues than adjustments so I don’t transfer my negative energy – but almost always, the class lifts me up and I am right back to my balanced state afterwards. Students come to me for class, but I get just as much out of them as they do from me!
What is your favorite pose?
Pigeon, I could stay there all day. I see this as a good example of your yoga practice always evolving. When I started yoga, I loved flowing constantly. Now, the longer I can hold a pose the better.
What is your least favorite pose?
My least favorite is camel. Man… that pose gives me a feeling of anxiety every. single. time. It’s a pose that exposes your neck, which is innately against what the OG humans would do – and the resistance to do so is ingrained in us now. Poses like these can help us to breathe through uncomfortable times, and learn to deal with stress off the mat. I totally believe when you hate a pose, it means you should practice it more.
Also, I don’t like Eagle. My bod just is not made for that pose, and these hips don’t lie.
Who knows, maybe these will be my favorite poses in a few years.
Any last thoughts you want to share? A fun fact about you? 🙂
I love to travel. Practicing Yoga in Bali has been a big life highlight so far! My husband and I are on 20 countries and counting – I am always taking recommendations for places to visit. Also, this girl is my spirit animal.