As someone who suffered from depression and anxiety, I spent much of my time in my late teens and early twenties trying to achieve mental health through physical activity. Whether it was lifting weights, running, or taking a fitness class, I didn’t care as long as it got my body moving. While finishing my associates in arts I decided to take yoga classes for credit, which led me onto the path of eventually becoming a teacher.
With much effort over the years, as a student and teacher, I began to recognize that yoga was much more than physical work. It was a practice in connecting body and mind, eventually leading to deeper efforts such as meditation. On this search to discover the true nature of the Self, I learned that yoga wasn’t something to “be done” but rather a lifestyle to “be lived”. Read More About Grace
“It was like being introduced to the universe. I never understood the vastness that existed until I found yoga. It completely answered any question that I’ve ever had in this life.”Grace Duckworth
I have been practicing with Grace for several years. She has taught me to truly listen to my body, and to respect what it is telling me even if I don’t like it. I have learned so much about anatomy from Grace and how to make sure each asana is done correctly to avoid injuries. But most importantly, Grace’s compassionate, positive, peaceful energy radiates through every class and brings me back to my center. She taught me how to meditate, which has completely changed my life. The purpose for beginning my yoga journey was always to create a place to remember my purpose and practice being present. This is exactly the space Grace provides.
Grace is one of the most kind, genuine teachers I have ever encountered. My yoga/life practice has truly deepened physically, mentally and spiritually since I started taking her classes and workshops. Her knowledge of the practice and her ability to share that knowledge is incredible. I am always learning something I can take home with me. She brought a new light to what yoga is to me and I will always be grateful that she generously shares that light with us all.
"I started practicing yoga about 6 months ago and am so grateful for how much it has helped me. I have had a great deal of pain along the left side of my body for quite some time. I have attended a number of different classes at Hagoya Yoga Studio, at which Grace Duckworth is an instructor. Given the benefits my body was already experiencing and the fact that it helped to lessen the pain I had been feeling, I wondered if working with Grace could help me even more with my specific areas of pain. Grace was able to give me a short yoga routine that I could carry out each day for 15-20 minutes to focus on these areas. After only one month I feel so much relief on my left side I can hardly believe it. I was able to get temporary relief through a chiropractor and medication, but in working with Grace I feel as though I am getting consistent and sustained relief from pain that I have experienced for over 3 years. Thank you Grace!"
I really like Grace's style of teaching. She is so thorough when explaining the poses so I know what my body is supposed to be feeling. I feel like she wants me to succeed. I have since followed her around the city because I think she's the best yoga teach in Kansas City!