Dray Gardner is a Survivor, Protector, Light Bearer & Yoga Instructor, From the streets of South Central to the international stage, he has become one of the most sought after yoga instructors in the world. Forbes magazine, USA today and even Yoga Journal have featured his work, including his movement Silent Savasana; a pop-up yoga concept that attracts more than 500 people an event. Unlike most yogis, he didn’t choose yoga. Instead, after a back injury that left him paralyzed, yoga chose him. Through diligent and focused practice he slowly rebuilt his body, mind, and spirit. His mission in life is to teach people to fall deep in self-love, and help them truly understand their power. As our guest facilitator, this is a once in a life time chance to get up close, and personal, to learn, and grow next to one of the most dynamic yoga instructors in the game today.
Born to a family of musicians and raised in Southern California, Dray discovered yoga in 2006 when a doctor told him it was the only option if he wanted to heal himself from chronic back pain coupled with nerve and tissue damage, a result of years playing contact sports. It was on a cane that he walked into his first yoga class, and true to his nature Dray signed up for a 60-Day challenge. Yoga allowed his mind and body to have brand-new experiences, teaching him balance, discipline, focus, determination, strength, flexibility, and peace of mind through meditation. It was in learning the science behind yoga and how the practice supports every muscle, tendon, joint, and organ down to a cellular level that truly hooked Dray, leading him to what has become his life’s work and dharma.
In 2007, with the love and support of his family, Dray attended his first teacher training so that he could share the gift was given to him through the practice. Being an eternal student, he continued his quest for knowledge and personal growth by studying with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2011. It was there at the Dharma Center in New York that Dray’s commitment to yoga and living his truth was reaffirmed.