Marie’s classes are a mix of hatha,vinyasa, kundalini, and yin, with a focus on breathing. Movement and cultivation of prana extend much further than the mat, so she incorporates the essence of mind-body-spirit in all of the poses. Marie has been practicing yoga asana since 2000 and teaching since 2012. Any day she feels more comfortable upside-down and sideways than sitting upright in a chair. She received her Teacher’s Training at The Sivananda Yoga Ranch in New York while spending a year of service there. After many attempts to study advanced postures her teachers always led her to the basics: breathing, concentration, meditation, humility, moral discipline, and yoga as union first. While she still seeks fun from the practice, her teaching is much more about opening the body to stillness. She believes everyone’s divine birthright is to be in touch with their true essence and yoga is an excellent way to do that.
Testimonial: "I believe that any student of any level could benefit from a Yoga class taught by Marie. The style of her class is concise and suits beginners as well as advance. She starts her class with a lot of breathing techniques which enhances ones capacity and helps you focus on the experience. I wish that there were more teachers like Marie, she helps you reach your full stretch by verbally explaining about what is happening to your muscles as well as your bones she also comes around and adjusts you. I have practiced yoga for over 30 years and can say that her class is one of the best I've taken. One would benefit from taking her class." -Pamela
"At 59 years young, I took my first yoga class. I was having a lot of stress and anxiety in my life and decided yoga might be helpful. I chose Gawea for its convenience to my home and it could not have been a better fit! I had no idea what to expect; thought it would be some stretching and well, I really didn’t know what else. I was pleased to find that the class had a variety of age groups in it, so I didn’t feel out of place. When I told the instructor, Marie, that it was my first time ever with yoga, she was very encouraging and told me not to worry, there were all levels of people in the class. I’ve been taking the class now for about 8 months. Marie always listens to us and is quick to provide a modification whenever any of us need one. Not too many of us easily bend and twist! We laugh, we strive to do the poses correctly, and Marie is a great help and inspiration. I really did not realize how challenging yoga can be – in a good way! I’m getting a really good work out. Some days I feel it, and it’s a good feeling to know I worked muscles that really needed some work. I realize small changes in how I move. I feel I stand up straighter, and I can squat all the way down to the ground and get back up without grabbing someone or something to pull me up! One of the other big changes is breathing. I know, we are always breathing, but now I feel like I can take a REALLY DEEP breathe! Marie is great with giving us visualizations and this has been so beneficial. The time I spend in my yoga class is the most peaceful time in my week. All my troubles and worries melt away as I breathe and work the poses and learn new things about my body-mind connection. I do believe it carries into the rest of my week and when I feel stressed, those really deep breaths help a lot. I am grateful I found Gawea Yoga. Small changes, big changes. " -Joy
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