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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.
Empower Your Vinyasa
Friday nights will be scheduled 7-8:15 pm
$15 or use your Bliss Body Yoga class pass
September 6 -Strength & Power Within
with music by Beyoncé, P!nk, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and MUCH more!
October 11 - Friendship
Bring a friend and be inspired by the music that bonds us together! Of course, you will flow to tunes by TLC, The Spice Girls, Dione Warwick and more
November 8 - Relationships
Relationships can be a roller coaster. Enjoy this ride to the musings of Adele, Lady Gaga, Joni Mitchel, Kelly Clarkson and more!
December 7 (*Saturday 3-4:15 pm*) - Let It Go
The end of the year is the perfect time to let go of the past and make space for what's ahead in 2020. Our music storytellers will include Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, and more! Oh, and Adina Menzel, of course!
Ladies - Our yoga practice can relax us, help to center us, and it can make us feel strong💪
In the age of "me too" and female empowerment, we are hearing more and more incredible female musicians who are uncovering what it means to be powerful women. Women who are strong and fight against stereotypes; women who are vulnerable and unlock the truth deep within; women who share their darkness to reveal the light. Really, women who are not afraid to be women.
These songs tap into the secret power within each of us. Hearing these songs inspires us, breaks open our hearts, and gives us strength to fight our own battles. Surrounding yourself in this music within your yoga practice supercharges the feminine power within each of us. Join Mary for these special extended Vinyasa Flow practices specials designed to unlock the divine feminine within♀.
Each class offered will focus on a particular theme, such as inner strength, insecurities, relationships, etc. with the music and flow matching the theme. Music used in this class may contain explicit lyrics. Please see weekly announcements for the current offering.
200- Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Free Information Session
Sunday, October 12
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Meet with some of our 200-Hour Teacher Training Instructors, Mary Scudella, Rachel Wright & Colby Cooper, to answer all your questions about our upcoming Yoga Alliance Registered 200-Hour Teacher Training starting in January 2020.
In this training you will gain a strong foundation to teach yoga from your heart. Our expert teachers will guide you on this incredible journey as you gain teaching skills and a deep understanding of the practice of yoga.
In an experiential and supportive environment you will discover your unique teaching style and voice. In addition to learning the lifecycle of a flow class, the training also includes Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Seniors Yoga and Teaching Beginners modules. Whether your intention is to teach yoga or deepen your personal practice, this training will provide you with an heart-centered and transformational life experience.
Join us for this free information session to find out more!
How To Develop A Home Practice
Sunday, October 27
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Practicing yoga at a studio is a wonderful experience (especially at Bliss Body Yoga!). Learning directly from a teacher is essential to the practice and the sense of community practicing with others is uplifting and affirming. However, there are times when getting to the studio may not be possible (think snow in Raleigh). Developing your own personal practice is an important part of the transformational experience of yoga. In your own practice you learn more about your body and mind. You can address your personal physical needs. And, your time is not constrained to the length or time slot of a class.
In this workshop, we will provide you with the tools needed to begin and sustain a home practice. Learn basic flows and sequencing techniques. Learn which poses to practice in various circumstances. Learn to trust your inner teacher! Materials will be provided and you will not leave empty handed!
Tuning Fork Therapy® Level 1 Certification Training
Saturday, November 16
3:00pm - 7:00 pm
$199 if registered before October 25
$225 for all registrations between October 26 and November 2
All registrations must be signed up by November 2 to ensure that supplies arrive in a timely manner.
In the 1960s the Swiss scientist Hans Jenny found that the sound 'OH' produced a perfect circle and that the sound, 'OM' produced a pattern similar to that of the ancient Indian mandala for 'ॐ'. In 1974, a professional jazz musician, Fabien Maman, noticed that by playing certain musical notes that he could have an energizing effect on the audience. In the coming years Maman and other discovered that sound vibrations have an effect on a cellular level, including activating brain cells and that our bodily organs have optimal vibrational frequencies.
During this training, students will be introduced into the science of sound and how to use tuning forks to create well being and balance in the body. Topics covered include chakras, toning, meditation, methods and techniques for using tuning forks and more.
Included in the cost of training is:
Students successfully completing this workshop will be certified as a Tuning Fork Therapy® Level 1 Practitioner.
Restorative Yoga, Tuning Fork Therapy®, and Essential Oils Workshop
with Mary Scudella and Colby Cooper
Friday, December 6
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space is limited to 20 students
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take a break to reconnect with your life force and energy centers within your body.
Join Colby and Mary in a Blissful exploration of the senses. You will be led through Restorative Yoga postures cultivating relaxation and healing in your tissues.
During each posture, you will be offered essential oils to expand your consciousness as your energy centers begin to awaken.
Finally, Mary will perform Tuning Fork Therapy® on each of your chakras while you are in the Restorative postures to activate the deep energy held within the body/mind/spirit.
You will leave feeling refreshed, connected, and aligned.
Silent Practice To Set Your New Year's Intention
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Give yourself or someone you love the gift of silence. As we move into the new year, finding the quiet inside can assist in letting go of the old and welcoming in the new. Silence inside helps us to listen to our inner guiding voice.
This will be an extended practice moving from the outside inward. We will begin with larger asana movements, followed by much more subtle body actions to create stillness inside. Finally, we will come to rest in silence. There will be no music, other than the quiet whisper of Mary's voice.
5 reasons finding silence is important:
Mary offers workshops and trainings at Bliss Body Yoga and participates in events throughout the Triangle area.