We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Grieco and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alicia, what do you want your legacy to be?
Throughout many chapters of my life I have often thought about what I would want to be remembered for. It’s apart of the human experience, self reflection. Asking yourself, how can I be a better person? For me, I would like to be remembered for being a HUMAN. Plain and simple as that may seem but if you really think about it being a human is very complicated. We are not one dimensional, we are multi dimensional, like a gemstone. We all are different and all have something to offer the world. I’ve always been the person (and those closest to me know this) to never contain a filter, even in times I should, pointing out the elephant in the room to be acknowledged. As brash and unbecoming as that may seem I’ve also always been the person there to help and walk side by side with to show that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark it may seem. Being the light for those around me when needed. I’m not a flawless person by any means of the word however I do believe that in everyone, there dwells a good human.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My Career has widely spanned across many fields like most. I’m a certified pastry chef, Yoga Instructor, and Reiki Master with a Business Management degree. All the while working at well known Architectural Firm in San Diego. Yes, you heard it here folks, I work fulltime and run my own business on top of it. Do I still bake? Yes, on occasion and only for fun. I found the hospitality industry draining and didn’t want to burn out only to be a memory like one of my idols Anthony Bourdain. Do I still teach Yoga and practice Reiki, yes, every weekend! I love it and after running my own yoga studio in La Jolla for 3 years and by some miracle surviving a 2 year pandemic thanks to all the support from our students and instructors I decided to downsize and really find some time for myself and still support the community. It’s all about time management and healthy boundaries. Lessons I’ve learned have been tough but well worth it. I’ve learned that working myself to death isn’t going to make me a successful person. Success is defined by many by money and I truly don’t feel that’s the entirety of the word. The quality of your life should not be entirely sacrificed for financial gains. Sure we all need money to live, but far too many of us succumb to being robots driving by money only. My brand is defined exactly how it is named, Reverence Yoga & Holistic Services LLC, Reverence- noun: deep respect for someone or something; verb: regard or treat with deep respect.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my best friend all over San Diego. Of course there’s the big landmarks that the beautiful city of San Diego has to offer like, the Midway, Balboa Park, La Jolla Cove just to name a few. We would be driving all over the place. First course, breakfast at Morning Glory in Little Italy. then we’d head down to Seaport Village for some wine tasting at San Pasqual Winery’s Tasting room on the water. We’d eventually make our way to The Henry on Orange Ave in Coronado for some coffee and to enjoy the little quaint shops. Finally a nice drive down the Silver Strand at dusk to watch the sunset over the Pacific, at the end finally reaching Imperial Beach and stopping a Don Ponchos for their iconic tacos. Sure there’s many many amazing places to go and eat at while in San Diego that I haven’t mentioned but I would want to take them to where all the locals go.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Who else deserves a shout out to my success? Wow, I don’t think there’s enough space in this to cover it all. It has truly taken a village to make me who I am today. I’ll list, Nichole Gregory (friend & fellow instructor), Tracee Wyer (owner of Wolf & Sparrow and Mojave Style House), Katie Bush (Artist & Creative professional), Lauren Williams (Teacher & Photographer), Chelsea Cordell (Architectural Drafter & Interior Designer), Amanda Mahoney (USN Commander), Anthony Grieco (USN Master Diver Master Chief) my husband. My parents and my brother and a whole ton more.

I’m a bookworm, a self credited nerd. Personally I feel we all stress out far too much these days. Life is worth living in the moment. I highly recommend reading “The subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson.

Website: https://www.reverenceyogasd.com/

Instagram: @reverenceyogastudio

Facebook: Reverence Yoga

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/reverence-yoga-imperial-beach

Image Credits
Hannah Peters Photography & Lauren Williams Photography

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