Gloria Latham worked as a licensed pharmacist for almost ten years before discovering true health through the practices of yoga and meditation. She is a Lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador, a frequent presenter at Yoga conferences and festivals worldwide, as well as Gaia TV, and is the founder of Semperviva Yoga Studios. She is best known for her week long transformational yoga immersions that help students powerfully break through barriers, and her high vibration Yoga Raves. She is the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at Semperviva International College of Yoga, and offers Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings and retreats in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Mexico.
Interview with Gloria
What style of yoga do you practice and teach?
The style of yoga I teach is based on the tradition of kundalini yoga and infused with elements from other styles. Although my passion is kundalini yoga, I’ve been blessed to study with many great teachers that I’ve hosted at Semperviva Yoga, where I’m the Director of Yoga Teacher Training. This has given me a real appreciation for the many different approaches that can deepen your experience with yoga. I’ve been lucky enough to study with Shiva Rea, Max Strom, Rod Stryker, Gurmukh, Nicki Doane, Michael Stone, Ana Forrest, Janet Stone, Seane Corn, and many others both in North America and India.
What can I expect from your classes on YI?
You can expect classes that will change how you feel almost instantly. The practices are designed to move your body to free your mind. Classes are energizing, uplifting, and cathartic. They are an incredible way to release tension. The movements are simple to follow but the benefits can be profound. One of the best things about these classes is that there are no poses to perfect or levels to achieve. You can simply lose yourself in the experience without falling into the trap of trying to force your body into a certain shape.
What’s on your mind these days yoga-wise?
Yoga is the ultimate in personal growth and development. Regardless of what style of yoga you practice or teach, the end goal is to unlock your kundalini energy, your untapped potential.
The simplicity of kundalini yoga allows you to do this quickly. My approach is an adapted style of kundalini yoga, combined with meditation and methods of self-inquiry to bring you back home to yourself so you can live your passion and your purpose.
While yoga is something to be shared in community, it is also a very private and personal experience. And I love that online classes help people bring yoga into their homes to create that personal experience. I use the term “kitchen kundalini” because I often teach live classes from my kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of your home, and bringing yoga into your home can change everything for you and your family.
What do you like to do outside of yoga?
On the top of the list is spending time with my family in our island home on the Greek Islands. For a short time each year, we settle into a very simple life in a tiny village by the sea. When I’m in Canada, I love to hike through trails on the Gulf Islands. I love to travel. I love the experience of getting lost in new places…losing myself so I can find myself. And I love to read. I always have several books on the go at once.