About Us

Our Mission Statement:

To help make the world a better place by providing inspirational instruction and education, motivating individuals to be healthy and fit in mind, body & spirit. 

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  
This is to have succeeded.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Our Logo: The Gratitude Lotus

“In darkness I emerge
To light I rise
With gratitude in stride.” 
 -Grace  Junek

Our logo is the combination of two significant symbols;  the lotus flower and the universal symbol for gratitude.  It is a metaphor for the Journey of Life.  The lotus flower reminds us of the path traveled from darkness into light, eventually blooming and gracing the world with its beauty.  However, it cannot be completed without the practice of gratitude -gratitude for all of the incredible lessons that helped it become enlightened along the way. The Gratitude Lotus inspires us to stay the course and never give up on that quest.

For it is living to our fullest potential and being our best selves, that we will be of greatest service to those around us and the world at large.

 

A Message From Grace:

There are three areas in my business: Classes, Workshops and the Workplace Wellness Program.

Classes: my goal is to inspire people to be their best “self” no matter their level of ability.  At its highest form, yoga is the poetry of the body and dance is the hidden language of the soul. I call it my ying yang: they are two sides of one coin.  The benefits of both these practices go beyond the physical.  They positively change and affect body, mind and spirit in countless ways. I work honing my skills to bring my personal best to each class, hoping to inspire the best in others.

Workshops: I like to develop different types of workshops. Some workshops are designed to educate and enrich people’s lives through accurate, in-depth information on a particular subject, while others are about creating unique experiences that keep the body fit and the spirit inspired. Others are developed to restore and heal the mind, body and soul.  All of them are professionally performed with love and humility.

Workplace Wellness Program: I am excited about bringing my Workplace Wellness Program to companies interested in their employee’s overall health and well-being. Healthy employees help create a more positive environment in the workplace. My goal is to create awareness and understanding plus demonstration of simple effective techniques people can use to help improve the quality of their work day.  The program combines essential principals from yoga, meditation and the practice of mindfulness to help create awareness and well-being in fast-paced, high-stress environments. I believe small shifts can make a big difference.

In addition, I am using my experience as a designer and my passion for fashion to create products and accessories that will keep you inspired and looking good. 😉 It will be located in the shop area of this website.  I am also writing a blog that will cover a wide range of topics related to mind, body and spirit.  Please feel free to comment on the blog-it would be great to hear from you. 

There are three thoughts that drive my work and define my life, that I want to share in everything I do…”love who you are,  believe in you, and never give up on your self.”  As we become better versions of ourselves, the world becomes a better place too…for everybody.

 

About Me:

Dancer, Designer, Yogi & Life Enthusiast

I was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ.  I am a first-generation American and grew up speaking three languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English) often in the same sentence. My family migrated from Portugal & Brazil.  During high school, I attended cosmetology school and was a licensed beautician by the time I graduated.  However, I decided to continue my education and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for four years. I had a successful and amazing career as an apparel designer for twenty plus years.  My professional design portfolio can be viewed online at: www.gracemarie.netDuring my career, I traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America and Asia.  In addition to my passion for designing and creating, I have always had a passion for music, dance & yoga.  For the sake of my family, I decided to turn my lifelong passions into my life’s work.  For the past seven years, I have been creating and conducting programs and workshops, as well as teaching a host of weekly classes.