M.A. ELEM ED, E-RYT 200, RCYT, CYI
Mary’s yoga practice began in 2003 and she knew almost immediately that she wanted to teach yoga. She completed Desert Song’s teacher training program in 2005 and since then has expanded the children’s program to include a weekly class, monthly workshops, and private sessions for typical and special needs children.
Mary is a lifelong learner and continues to study with her two main Desert Song teachers, Mary Beth Markus and Meg Byerlein, in addition to other national teachers. She is actively developing yoga programs for children with autism and children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She has also completed training in Integrated Movement Therapy at the Samarya Center in Seattle to further her work with special needs children. Mary’s adult classes follow the Anusara principles and she draws on her 30 years of classroom experience when teaching children. She was recently certified as an experienced yoga teacher at the 200 hour level through Yoga Alliance and is also a certified children’s yoga teacher.
In addition to her regular classes, Mary has developed a children’s yoga teacher training program at Desert Song. The program is certified by Yoga Alliance and is a comprehensive 95 hour certification program for individuals who want to be certified to teach yoga to children.
Mary is passionate about her spiritual practice and loves helping others with their personal journeys through humor, compassion, and loving kindness. Her family, friends, garden, poetry and art give her joy in life.
www.awakeningseedschool.org/seeds-of-possibility/ (This is my school blog, which is my “yoga off the mat”)
I first heard this quote from Barbara Holt, my first teacher at Desert Song. I return to it often when I need inspiration:
Work. Keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.