After completing a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, a desire to understand the inner workings of life led Merry to Costa Rica to pursue a YT 200 certification training. Greatly influenced by her teachers, along lineages of Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative and Saraswati, Merrys belief, ‘who we are on the mat is directly related to who we are in the world’, is ever present in her teaching. Merry is a passionate student of yoga, new thought, moon-based wisdom, and the creative process. You can expect her classes to be skillfully woven with Dharma (moon-based wisdom and yogic/Buddhist philosophy), and infused with the things that inspire her most, namely, the power of a focused practice, the wisdom of nature, and the wonder of living an ordinary life lit up with the power of intention.
Merry, tell us a bit about yourself!
I love teaching others! After spending the larger part of my career teaching private piano lessons and classroom music to elementary grades k-8, now, yoga.
I first came to the mat in 2003, with Hatha. I love how asana grounds, and helps me to harmonize the inner and the outer.
I’m a natural in the kitchen and in the garden, and with most things creative. I love to cook healthy meals and eat healthy food, I love to design gardens and landscapes, and redecorate homes.
My mother was a practicing Astrologer, and so, we all grew up, ‘speaking astrology’ at home. I tagged along with my mother to her classes and enjoyed it as much as she did. I’m amazed at how this aspect of my life has come full circle and I love being able to share this part of myself with others.
Who should come to your yoga class?
Seekers who want to experience a well-balanced and nourishing journey- both physically and spiritually
What are you focusing on right now in your practice?
Lots of things, haha! I’m always wanting to be better at holding poses longer. Strengthening my core. Creating interesting sequences. Expanding my arm balance repertoire.
As a big picture what do you hope to teach your students?
I hope to pique my students’ curiosity about the power of their focus and intention.
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
I am a long-time practitioner, and whenever I am passionate about something, I always want to be the best at it, that I can be. A 200-hour, yoga teacher training seemed like the first step toward achieving that.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love creating an experience for my students and taking them on a journey through dharma and storytelling, inside a holistic and well- balanced, physical practice.
Who are your greatest influences?
My greatest yoga influences would be my own teachers, Rae Ann Banker, Gabrielle Whitewolf, Joe Miller, and Edward Jones.
I also like Schuyler Grant, a lot. She has a very beautiful, smart, and thoughtful practice. Right now, I’m on day 11 of a 21-day challenge with her- it’s the second one that I’ve done. I always take away something new and valuable from Schuyler!
Tara Brach, Esther Hicks, and, if course, many spiritual masters (spiritual)
Frances Clark (musical)
My mother (personal)
Come and meet Merry during her weekly classes:
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Hatha Yoga: Deep Stretch
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Yoga Flow (Moderate)
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