CEO & FOUNDER
Sam is the CEO and Founder of Yoga Fun Day and offers online yoga classes and yoga classes on the internet via the YogaShape Method which is an athletic fitness yoga to make you sweat. Sam has over 20 years of experience teaching yoga classes in California, Vermont, Florida, Washington State and Massachusetts. Her mission is to get people to get off the computer, unplug and unwind for a day and to connect with nature and to help build strong communities. We want people of all ages and abilities to discover the joy of yoga, movement and dance. We want people to move their bodies and discover healthy living in a fun and safe environment. Yoga Fun Day is for all ages and for all abilities.
HOW DID YOU COMBINE YOGA AND TECHNOLOGY?
Fitness and Yoga are a passion of mine and I have a unique dichotomy of tech and wellness. I have blended technology with my passion for Yoga and the Outdoors and am on a mission to bring yoga to all. I am offering all inclusive luxury pamper me yoga and hiking retreats next year in Vermont as well as offering the first Yoga Fun Cruise in March of 2020.
WHERE DID IT ALL START?
In 1996, as a student at the University of Vermont. Samantha Grout was certified as an AFAA group fitness instructor and started teaching fitness classes in the Burlington, Vermont area. After graduating from UVM with a Bachelor of Science and MBA Samantha turned down General Electric FMP program and worked as a self taught Web Designer for VTWEB and Hemming’s Motor News as a Web Designer and worked in hospitality at the prestigious Equinox Resort & Spa, A ROCK RESORT, and leading spa of the world where she worked all over the four star resort and taught fitness classes at The Equinox and in the surrounding area.
Samantha loved snowboarding, kickboxing, Kabox, skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling and West African dance and somehow from all of these activities in early 1999 she injured her low back. It was so painful that she couldn’t even get out of bed without crawling on all fours with shooting pain radiating in her low back. Determined to get better and resume her active lifestyle she ordered a VHS tape on “Yoga for Back Care” by Rodney Yee. After a few short workouts Samantha’s back pain disappeared and she was hooked for life on Yoga as nothing else had worked. She immediately got certified in Yoga. Thus, a lifelong journey with Yoga and YogaShape was born and the mindset and mantra that, “It isn’t Yoga it is Life.”
Not only is YogaShape designed for healing low back pain it also was created because Samantha noticed that all of her clients needed to stretch more, wanted to be more flexible, and they really wanted a good workout that targeted problem areas on the body.
Samantha then moved to Northern Vermont where she opened up her own Inn and Spa with a yoga and fitness studio. Thus, in 2001 YogaShape was officially launched in her studio in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Here she continued teaching and refining the YogaShape Method that combined her love of yoga, pilates, strength training, and dance that would allow her to pursue her active lifestyle and love of the outdoors.
Samantha’s Inn and Spa was featured in 2004 in Yankee Magazine’s Editor’s Choice section and YogaShape was featured in Yoga Journal in 2003. Samantha also ran, “Pamper Me Luxury Weekends” and “Outdoor Women’s Retreats” in her Northern Vermont Inn and Spa combining Yoga and Hiking, Yoga and Fly Fishing and Body & Soul Pamper Me Retreats for women.
After years of being in the cold and forty below winters way up near the Canadian border Samantha tossed her snow shovel and sold her snow blower and moved to sunny San Diego, CA where she was hired as the Spa Director at the Famous Hotel Del Coronado. Samantha oversaw the day-to-day operations of the spa and helped plan the brand new 22,00 sqft spa which is a Leading Spa of the World.
After the Del, Samantha continued on her journey and was a Medical Spa Director for one of Boston’s most progressive Dermatology and MOHS Surgery Centers and Cosmetic Spas as well as worked on the Senior Leadership team at Stratton Mountain Resort as a Human Resources Manager. She then transitioned back into technology and has worked at Microsoft in Seattle and spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley. She finally came back full circle and worked finally at General Electric building railroad software and worked for several high tech startups in Silicon Valley as well as was a co-founder of a startup in San Francisco. Sam is very active in the open source community and currently is the co-organizer of several big data and tech Meetups in Miami where she is currently an Engagement Manager at Amazon. She is also on the MariaDB foundation and has a passion for open source and promoting women in STEM. No matter where Samantha landed she was always teaching the YogaShape Method wherever she lived and traveled as her vision has always been to bring Yoga To All. That is why she created Yoga Fun Day. Samantha is on a mission to get people to get off the computer, get off the green screen, shut down the phones and come on out for a day of yoga, fitness, dance and movement in outdoor settings.
Sam is also a licensed medical aesthetician, a licensed massage therapist, and a certified yoga and group fitness instructor. Sam has experience as an instructor teaching Advanced Aesthetics and managed and ran her own boutique spa, inn, retreat center, and yoga/fitness studio.
Sam is a dynamic speaker and has spoke at New England Spa Association as well as International Spa Association seminars and conferences. Sam has also been featured in Yoga Journal for her women’s retreats featuring life coaching, yoga, fly fishing, and pamper-me spa weekends and will be offering yoga and hiking retreats in Vermont in the Summer of 2021.
Don’t miss this chance take a YogaShape class from Sam at Yoga Fun Day Gulfstream or join Sam on a cruise or all inclusive women’s yoga retreat in Vermont.
Please join us at a Yoga Fun Day happening as select beach towns across Florida. Come on out and experience an epic family friendly festival connecting the community, promoting the arts, spirituality and mindful living.