I currently hold the E-RYT 500 and RCYT certifications with Yoga Alliance.
Yoga came to me in the early 2000s. I started with a home practice and added in group yoga classes. In 2005, when my daughter was starting kindergarten, I decided to pursue yoga teacher training. It was something that I grew to love so much that I needed to share it with others. Having a prior background as a school social worker, I know the importance of working towards balance. Practicing yoga and meditation is a beneficial method of working with the body and mind seeking harmony with what is.
I am a certified Prajna Yoga Teacher with over 700 hours of study with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. Prajna means insight and wisdom in the ancient language of the yoga practice (Sanskrit).The heart of Prajna Yoga teaching involves using asana and meditation as a tool to move from the outer layers of life to a more inward journey. A Prajna yoga practice focuses on internal alignment and mindfulness in the posture practice to connect with sensation. This type of practice not only provides physical fitness, but supports internal transformation at the deepest level.
I teach my students that yoga is a contemplative practice; one that creates connection. It should teach you more about yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Yoga doesn't always have to be serious, but it should always serve you. I have been teaching yoga and meditation since 2005 and continue to learn from my teachers and from my students in every class I take and teach.
Mary teaches public classes at Bliss Body Yoga in Raleigh and a corporate yoga class at Credit Suisse in RTP. Follow the studio link or talk with your corporate yoga coordinator to sign up for Mary's classes.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 1-3 pm
In this workshop, we will us the Yin practice of yoga to access our inner being. Yin is a slow paced practice designed to work the connective tissues in the body (ligaments, joints, fascia, etc.). Beyond that, the Yin practice helps to regulate the flow of energy in the body (called Chi, Qi, or Prana), working the meridian lines studied by Chinese Medicine Practitioners. Yin offers much deeper access to the body than a traditional flow yoga class and is a more meditative approach to the yoga practice. It is an intimate practice, inviting students to become more comfortable with sensations and emotions. It is through this process that we connect beyond the physical into the deeper levels of our psyche, transforming not only the body, but the mind and spirit, as well.
The Yin practice is entirely floor-based. Some postures are held for a length of time and others are moved into and out of, without force. This is a gentle, but powerful practice that is accessible for anyone who is able to lay down on a yoga mat.
CEUs are available to Yoga Alliance registered yoga teachers.
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Mary offers workshops and trainings at Bliss Body Yoga and participates in events throughout the Triangle area.