This week we are excited to introduce you to Nadine Graves. Nadine is a yoga teacher living in Geneva and has a superb Instagram page called Nadine Graves Yoga that is filled with online yoga schedules, recipes and health living ideas.
Nadine is extremely passionate about showcasing a balanced and positive outlook in life and like any true yogi, the benefits yoga can bring to the individual. We felt that the beliefs she is projecting is something our community could really get behind and with the state of the world at the moment, would be appreciative for a daily dose of calm and balance.
Our EXCLUSIVE interview with Nadine is below, and make sure you check out Nadine’s website and follow her on Facebook here.
Hi Nadine, welcome to Sportside! It’s brilliant to have you onboard with us, and we can’t wait to see what an exciting partnership we could have in the future!
Many people may know you as Nadine Graves the yoga teacher, but are you able to tell our readers a little bit more about yourself and your background?
To keep it short, I’m half English and half Dutch (with Indonesian and Norwegian blood) and brought up in Geneva, Switzerland, where I’m still today. I did my final education in the UK, traveled to Argentina for my gap year to teach English and then got into St. Andrews, Scotland where I studied History of Art and Spanish.
I studied what I loved doing at the time not really knowing what I wanted to do! After Uni, I worked for the vice-president at Christie’s and then worked many years in the watch and jewellery world. I became a PA to CEO ‘s in various firms which I did until I was 36 years old. I discovered yoga 8 years ago during a yoga retreat and I got hooked. I did many trainings on the side and for 2 years now, I’ve decided to leave everything behind and teach full time.
As you said, you’ve been teaching for around 2 years? What made you take the leap to make it a full-time career?
I have been teaching for 4 years now but 2 years full-time. Someone asked me the same question last week, and for me the answer was that I couldn’t imagine my life different. I just had to do this. I had to take this leap. It was a “calling” in a way. It just felt right and for me the right time too to switch my career and do something I truly love and where I feel that I’m doing something with a true purpose !
Would you say that taking that leap has had a huge impact on your life for the better? It’s often incredibly daunting to make big life changes but those tend to be the most rewarding.
Indeed, it was very scary to leave behind a job I knew well and to leave behind the financial security ! But it just felt right. I was ready to take that leap. It was indeed not easy to leave the security of having a job but I wasn’t happy. I had no choice in a way. Either I stayed and stayed for the security and the monthly salary coming in each month or I take the risk to simply be happy.
Amazing. You are currently based in Geneva and teach at some fascinating venues including the World Trade Organisation?! You must meet some incredibly interesting people there and in your other classes. Would you say that the human interaction of teaching is something that is appealing to you?
Yes the human interaction gives me so much energy and makes my classes more meaningful! I work with all kinds of interesting people you might not maybe imagine doing yoga. Many CEO’s are doing yoga these days. I teach quite a few of them and I believe I help them enormously as they have a lot of social pressure, work pressure and daily stress.
Obviously we are still in the midst of the Covid-19, and people aren’t really able to go to their usual yoga classes. Undeterred, you have taken your classes online… Have you noticed that there has been more interest in the services that you offer, particularly online, due to the situation we all find ourselves in?
Yoga is really for everyone. I love healing and helping people deal with their stress aiming to evacuate this stress out of their body and their mind through breathing exercises and yoga postures. Yes Online works so well. I love teaching online. It really works better than I thought. I’m amazed. People love it! I reach out to people outside Geneva now and have clients in Dubai and in London. I’m really happy. I hope to grow even more and be able to help more future clients.
I suspected that would be the case, particularly as there are a lot of people who use yoga to destress, something that’s incredibly important at a time like this. You also offer prenatal classes and kids’ yoga – have you seen many mums to be or mums with young kids taking part together?
Yes I love teaching prenatal yoga. I had quite a few recently! Three of them gave birth during this Covid period. I was delighted to be part of their beautiful journey during pregnancy and becoming a mother. I teach about 8-10 ladies 3 x per week. It’s one of my favourite classes.
That must be something that really brightens up your day knowing that you can bring that tranquillity and calmness to your classes but you’re also able to mix it up to bring the family together?
I love teaching my students and I encourage my family and all the close ones around me to practice yoga and meditation! It truly changes your life. Especially during Covid-19, I was giving lessons online to my sister and co too. They were pretty happy! Yoga is part of me now. I try to encourage everyone to take care of their health and well-being.
That’s the attitude we love here at Sportside! Nadine, thank you so much for taking the time to have a quick chat with us today for our readers. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!