Dr. Kecia Brooks-Smith Lowe
Affiliate Purna Yoga Instructor (RYT 500)
I started to practice yoga in 1992 at the Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair in New Jersey.During that time I was doing my medical residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The yoga classes helped me to relax and maintain my sanity during that stressful period. I came home in September 1999 to start the Brooks-Smith Lowe Institute. I continued to practice yoga at home with DVD’s since there were no classes available in Grenada at the time. Eventually, however, I wanted to deepen my practice and to be able to introduce patients to the healthful practice of Yoga. I completed a 500 hour teacher training at The College of Purna Yoga in Bellevue Washington on 12th September 2009. I am now an Affiliate Purna Yoga Instructor at Spice Harmony Yoga Studio, which we founded in January 2011. It is a pleasure to introduce the practice and philosophy of yoga to residents of Grenada. I am hopeful that the practice will be embraced by people from all strata of our society. I aim to bring harmony to each heart and home in the island of Spice so that we can all live together in joy and peace.
Vinyasa Yoga Instructor (RYT 200)
I started practicing yoga consistently after graduating with my undergraduate degree in Studio Art in 2008. Once I moved to busy New York I found myself searching for a space to find or, perhaps better, create traquility. This desire, plus my need for pain management for a lower back problem lead me to the door of a yoga studio. In December 2009, I earned my certification to teach Vinyasa yoga from Yoga to the People, a studio run solely by student donations in New York. Before moving back to Grenada, I taught yoga to my fellow teachers at a charter school in Harlem, NY and incorporated it into many of my lessons from math to science to reading. My drive to teach yoga goes hand in hand with my passion for social justice and community development. For me, yoga is an incredible tool of transformation on an individual and collective level. It fosters strong, healthy, balanced people with the compassionate to love and support each other.
Kripalu Yoga Instructor (RYT 200)
My first experience with the practice of yoga was with George Henry at the old Teacher Training College in Tanteen, St. George Grenada in the mid 1980’s. That experience made me more eager to explore this ancient science. While visiting my wife in New Jersey in the summer of 1991 I started to attend an Iyengar Yoga Class at the Yoga and Meditation Center of Upper Montclair. My interest in yoga was heightened by this experience under the tutelage of Susan Morton Peck. I knew then that not only did I want to continue to practice yoga, but I also aspired to become a yoga teacher. That aspiration was manifested in July 2012 when I successfully completed a 200 hour Teacher Training course at the Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Yoga is love, compassion, and life. I look forward to sharing that with my students.