Having moved from the Midwest as a young teen, Mary found Florida to be home. She was born into a family of fitness-oriented parents, her mother being an aerobics instructor since she was a baby. Initially, Mary pursued running, enjoying the tranquility and connection to self while spending time outdoors. After countless minor injuries, she began looking for other outlets to stay fit. “I absolutely fell in love with yoga after my first class. I immediately wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to help others feel the way I felt walking out of a class.” She began attending yoga, specifically heated classes, almost every day. What started out as a search for a physical sensation, weight loss, and stamina became so much more. She began learning about the depths of the yogic path, and after a few years as a practitioner, she decided to take the plunge and sign up for a 200-hour teacher training.
After graduation, Mary began teaching group and private lessons in addition to advancing her own practice. She specifically focuses on alignment in strength building poses in order to tackle arm balances and inversions. Although core poses are emphasized in her classes, exploration and play is very welcome and “yogi’s choice” is frequently offered. She dreams of teaching in foreign countries and bringing yoga with her to every corner of the globe. Mary enjoys practicing at home with her three dogs that love staying near (and on!) the mat during the flow. “I never felt strongly about anything before I found yoga. I found a sense of belonging in the yoga community that I had never known before. I want to bring yoga to each and every person that feels like they need somewhere to belong.”