Mercedes C.A. Grant
Hello! I’m a Witch, writer, activist, community organizer, trauma & justice informed yoga teacher and liberatory healer-in-training. Student astrologer (Taurus Sun, Leo Moon, Cancer Rising), currently practicing on the island of the T’oq qaymexʷ in the traditional territory of the Klahoose, Tla’Amin, and Homalco First Nations, on Turtle Island, with ancestral roots in Ireland, Scotland and England.
I’m dedicated to creating and supporting dynamic, inclusive, educational spaces and opportunities that encourage healing and paradigm-shifting dialogue, while building safer, compassionate and supportive communities online and in real life.
I hold 500+ hours in traditional yogic education, focusing on substance abuse recovery and trauma recovery through a justice-informed lens. I’ve received certified training through Karma Teacher’s College, Shannon’s Cluff’s Lead with Love Mentorship, Yoga Outreach, the Beyond Addiction program with Gabor Mate and Sat Dharam Kaur, and intensive training with Yoga Veda in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.
In 2016, I created the online and in-person healing and training program, Re/Framing Addiction with Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.
I was first exposed to yoga by a psychologist who suggested it as a complementary therapy for clinical depression and an eating disorder in my late teens. There were no yoga studios near me at the time, so I rented books from the local library and set up a tiny space in the basement room of my parent’s home. It was about 2 feet by 5 feet. I would close the door, light candles and put on calming music. I didn’t know much about flowing through the poses, so I chose ones that interested me and practiced them. That time and space I devoted was easily the kindest action I was taking for myself. My parents were instructed not to interrupt me, and I could just be and feel or just lay in savasana and cry. As someone with a deep and complex history of trauma, yoga became a lifeline for me. However, it did take me many years before realizing the potential it held in healing patterns of substance abuse and pain in my own life.
In the past 5 years, I’ve dedicated my energy to learning and unlearning what it means to be in a white body, in all aspects of life, including the practice of yoga. I’m committed to ongoing education and training in anti-racism, unsettling whiteness, disability justice and healing/transformational justice movements.
It feels vital to my spiritual practice to lean into the discomfort of understanding the privilege I hold and to carry this burden with grace and humility. I have taken a step back from teaching in the same capacity as I have in the past. Instead, I feel grateful to be a part of a platform that prioritizes accessibility and giving back to the community. I will be donating half of all funds earned through Asana at Home to specific causes that feel relevant at the moment.
My training will continue with Michelle C. Johnson’s Skill in Action programs in 2022.
I’m so looking forward to creating and holding sacred, safe(er) space with you all.