Andrea Sewitsky, Owner and Founder of Gratitude Hot Yoga Center, E-RYT 200hr, 500hr, Reiki Master Teacher
Andrea Sewitsky found her way to Yoga in 2008. She is a mother of three children and has always been a very active athlete. After overcoming Breast Cancer, she found herself drawn to a hot vinyasa class where she discovered that focusing on her breath calmed her body and slowed her racing thoughts. It was then that her path of yoga began.
Andrea teaches Kunga Yoga, which is an open style of mind and body yoga with focused teachings on service. She incorporates these teachings in her Gentle, Relax and Restore and Vinyasa Classes. She also enjoys offering meditation and stress reduction tools in all of her classes.
When teaching Children’s Yoga, Andrea likes to pull from her former days as a second grade teacher and incorporate lessons into her classes. These lessons may include themes such as: Healthy Eating, Respecting Others, Offering Kindness, or Good Manners. Along with teaching postures that help balance the nervous system, increase focus and concentration and build muscular strength, she also offers opportunities for children to build on their oral language skills and self- esteem.
Andrea opened a studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, “Gratitude Hot Yoga Center” in 2014. Her intention was to offer a safe space for all to practice. Her studio offers various styles of yoga in a variety of enviorments including non heated, warm and hot. She believes everyone can do yoga. She has lead many 200 hr. teacher trainings and trained many students in the Raleigh area.
Yoga truly is her passion. In October, 2017 Andrea developed a well rounded, yoga teacher training program called “Gratitude Yoga School.” This is a registered and approved 200 hr. school with Yoga Alliance. She plans on offering trainings soon throughout the nation.
Andrea also has a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology from Salisbury University. She holds a certificate in TRX and is certified in Kunga Yoga. She completed a 220-hour certification at Wilmington Yoga Center. Her training at Wilmington Yoga Center included several areas entailing the teachings of gentle, relax and restore, yin, prenatal, vinyasa and children’s yoga. In April, 2013, Andrea also completed an additional 60-hr, Level 2-3 Vinyasa certification with Jimmy Barkan. Last but not least, she earned additional certification hours by attending several workshops including Thai Yoga Massage and Fire & Earth flow practices. Andrea is an E-RYT 200hr,(Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher who has taught over 1000 hours). She has also completed her RYT 300hr. program through the teaching styles of Johnny Kest and LT Fitness and is a 500hrRYT with Yoga Alliance. She has earned her Reiki First & Second Degree Certification and is also a Reiki Master Teacher. Andrea runs teacher trainings and workshops throughout the nation with “Gratitude Yoga School”, a Registered Yoga Alliance approved yoga school. She has trained many 200hr level yoga teachers over the past three years and has lead several Reiki 1 and 2 Certifications at both Gratitude Hot Yoga Center in Raleigh, NC and Wilmington Yoga Center in Wilmington, NC.
Andrea offers gratitude for her primary teachers including Kristin Cooper-Gulak, Larry Hobbs, Katie Serino and Noelle Whittington. She has found her passion and considers it an honor to teach and practice yoga daily.