Read About Gitte
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m from Sweden. I have been in America for 30 years now. Originally, I came here as an Au-Pair for a year but when I was offered a modeling contract in New York City, I took the opportunity to stay and work in America. After a while I got tired of the pace of big city life and moved to Key West, Florida. I lived right on the ocean and would jump in from my yard and catch lobsters to put straight on the grill. I would also feed Angelfish from the dock. The slow pace in Key West was just what I needed. After Key West, I came to San Francisco and met my (now) husband Matt. I manage and operate our family’s chiropractic clinic, Rivera Chiropractic Group, on El Camino Real right here in San Carlos.
When did you start doing yoga?
I started doing yoga when I lived in Key West. It was about 25 years ago that I took my first Bikram yoga class there. I still remember the small room, the carpet, and other unpleasant factors, but I loved the yoga. I was searching for something different than regular exercise—something deeper and something new. It took me three classes before I could stay in the room for the whole 90 minutes. I remember Bikram and his wife Rajashree came to the Key West where we got to practice with them for the day. I stuck with Bikram yoga and when I moved to San Francisco, and I found Regina’s studio on El Camino Real. That was about 22 years ago.
Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose?
I need a combination of classes to feel balanced, so you can say that I have three favorite classes. I love Val’s class for the strength building and endurance training effects. It is a great work out and a kick ass class. I love Bikram classes because they are centering and I like the detox part from sweating. Bikram classes are very meditative for me and I’m a better person when I do Bikram. Searching for something deeper, I discovered Brad’s meditation and sound healing classes and my husband and I have been going weekly. It was just what we needed! I love this class for how Brad presents and teaches it; he himself is a gift and I learn something new in every class. Plus, the sound of the crystal bowls is soothing and healing. It’s relaxing to tune into the sound; it calms your mind and puts you at ease. Eagle is my favorite pose because of how I feel. It works every joint. Doing eagle squeezes you out like a sponge.
What do you love about Yoga Health Center?
I love that there’s such a great variety of classes and for what you can achieve both physically and mentally if you do a combination of classes. The instructors are kind, engaging, and caring. There’s a great energy here and I of course have to mention how much I **LOVE** Regina’s chai tea!
Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
For a couple of years, I worked for a company demonstrating wireless tracking and surveillance equipment to the FBI, Secret Service, US Navy, and police. It got especially “fun” when I got to ride along for certain operations to demonstrate. I grew up on a farm in Sweden and I love to ride horses and I also love to garden. They both connect me with nature and they are both forgiving and not.
I have so many favorite quotes that I can’t pick a favorite. Besides, my favorite quotes change. Whenever I read, I find a great quote and that’s my favorite at that moment.