Mary's Journey with Yoga

My yoga journey began in 1994. I was working full time at Indiana Institute of Technology. I was also a Certified Fitness Professional through American College of Sports Medicine. I taught fitness classes before and after work. I was running 5k and 10k races with friends on the weekends. I was addicted to working out. One day I was reading a fitness magazine to get ideas for class and came across an article on yoga. It caught my interest so I purchased one of the suggested videos. After practicing once I was hooked. I felt amazing…energized and not worn out. I experienced a “calm” I had never felt before. It was the fist time I connected to my body. I had been abusing it with overwork.

I started a home practice and it has endured to this day. I loved the body awareness I gained. Mindfully I practiced yoga while pregnant for my first daughter. Once she was born I became a stay at home mom but continued to teach fitness classes. I read books on yoga and subscribed to Yoga Journal and International Yoga Magazines. I attended workshops throughout the Midwest. I couldnʼt get enough. I started incorporating yoga in my fitness classes and my students asked for more. In 1999 I completed YogaFit Level 1 and began teaching beginner yoga classes. I craved more.

I continued to attend workshops and trainings while my family grew by 2 more. With 3 young daughters at home yoga kept me sane. In 2009 I completed my 200hr Prairie Training and began studying Ayurvedic Medicine. In 2010 I became EnhanceFitness Certified. I now instruct classes for all ages and fitness levels. It is a journey and I am enjoying every step of the way. I teach what I know and continue to learn daily. I am working toward my 500hr Yoga Alliance Certification. Yoga and Ayurveda now influence all aspects of my life…yoga is meant to be lived off the mat.

What started as a physical practice has emerged into so much more. I thank all of my instructors and mentors, especially Tricia Fiske, for inspiring me. My connection to God gets stronger daily through this practice. My husband, Steve, and daughters, Tricia, Stephanie and Samantha and all of my students along the way have supported me and taught me so much. They have tried poses, breathing exercises, meditations and many recipes and remedies.

My intention is to be a wife, mother and instructor who is truly authentic and present.