Howdy, y’all! I am Gretchen House.

And that is my little chihuahua mutt, Riley. Practicing with him is as close to goat yoga as I’ll probably ever get.

Gretchen and Riley

My life in the adult world of work began in manufacturing. I was a process engineer in a final assembly shop, information systems project manager, material manager, and eventually joined the “glamorous” life of management consulting.

Chronic lower back pain brought me to my first Iyengar yoga class in 2006. The alignment and precision of the practice appeal to my mechanical engineering background. I appreciate the systematic intelligence of Iyengar yoga and enjoy tremendous pain relief from my regular practice. I became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2014 and am currently certified at the Intermediate Junior 1 level.

In 2015, I became interested (some might say obsessed) with habits. After publishing my first workbook, Demystifying Home Yoga Practice, and sharing it with my students, I realized that no amount of teaching the techniques and benefits of yoga was going to get my students on their mats on a daily basis. They needed a yoga habit.

Now I am on a quest to understand the science behind the answers to three simple but powerful questions:

  • What is a habit?
  • Can we change old habits and make new ones?
  • How can we use habits to feel healthier and live happier?

I have embarked on a journey to learn the latest science behind human behavior. When I am not on my yoga mat, you will most likely find me in the psychology, sociology, or philosophy stacks of the Dallas Public Library. You can read some of what I have learned on my “brilliant but poorly written” blog and, hopefully, someday in my brilliant but poorly written book.

Thanks for stopping in at Stretch with Gretch.

Join me on my journey!