Mary brings an exceptional sensitivity to her Yoga Therapy work and yoga instruction from her years of experience in creating and adapting yoga and fitness for clients’ special situations, as well as her own personal healing through yoga therapy.
Mary’s graduate training is in Adult Learning Theory and she spent two decades engaged in offering adult learning programs in the private sector and in higher education. A complex medical condition led Mary to the non-traditional modalities of healing including Yoga Therapy and transformational mindfulness practices studied through the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program. This has become a pathway to share all she has learned and experienced with her students and private therapy clients. As a Certified Structural Yoga Therapist™ Mary helps her clients become active participants in their own transformation, health, and growth.
She has studied yoga in the service of healing, first with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1998 and Nischala Devi, Yoga of the Heart creator in 2006. Mary studied with SYT creator Mukunda Stiles 2006-2008; and Fran Ubertini, Viniyoga Therapist and KHYF Teacher Trainer 2009 through the present. Structural Yoga Therapists undergo a rigorous two-year 750 hour training that involves extensive studies in anatomy, biomechanics, the application of therapeutic movement, and yogic philosophy, as well as the application of the more subtle aspects of classical yoga and the related field of Ayurveda.
Mary has been teaching yoga for many years and the classes offered through the Sunnyview yoga program are beginning their second decade. She also teaches and offers workshops in other locations in the Capitol area. She holds certifications as a Structural Yoga Therapist™, a Structural Yoga Teacher, and a Yoga of the Heart® Teacher. Mary’s yoga training is grounded in the classical yoga and healing tradition of Krishnamacharya and culminated in the 750 hour program for Structural Yoga Therapists™, which she completed in 2008.
In 2012 Mary completed the Essential Teacher Training Program for Back Care with Robin Rothenberg. This program was studied by the NIH and documented in the Annals of Internal Medicine as successfully utilizing Yoga for people with back pain.
Mary has been an active practitioner of meditation for over twenty years and spends time every year in the practice of mindfulness and meditation. She is a member of The Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and spends time on retreat with him when he is in the U.S.
In addition, she is a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teacher and has taught MBSR groups in the community for a number of years.