Mary found her way to her first studio yoga class in 2014 knowing that something in herself needed to change, feeling stagnant and bitter. She didn’t know that what she would find would be a never-ending spring of healing and growth. She started with the “basics” and quickly fell in love (and maybe a bit obsessed) with hot power vinyasa yoga. While she loves practicing and exploring all types of yoga, hot power vinyasa remains her passion. Rightfully so, this is what she teaches. Mary completed Ylonda Rosenthal-Green’s 200-hour Awake to my Soul teacher-training program in 2019. As she continues to develop in her teaching, her classes aim to be well rounded (giving you a little bit of everything you need); physically challenging yet accessible to all levels, fun and refreshing. Music is a driving force throughout her class design as well as an added element of sound healing. Moving forward she hopes to develop more in this arena (sound healing). When she is not planning her next class, attending a class, or working at her day job as a physical therapist, Mary is busy with her husband taking care of their three dogs (Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and BB-8) and trying to keep up with family and friends (including 15 nieces and nephews).
Why Elements Studios?
Because home is not a physical structure but the people and beings you share space with and the people who make up Elements are my yoga home; the embodiment of the very essence of what yoga is meant to be. They are open, honest, real, loving, supportive, accepting, powerful, centered, intentional and free. Everything I need and more.
What inspires you?
People who face adversity. I don’t judge how you face it, so long as you take it on.
What scares you? (into greatness)
People who choose not to be open and to stop growing. My grandma was my role model of a woman who faced adversity and never stopped growing and lived with an open heart. As long as I live, she will be the queen of my heart.
What is your daytime gig? How does your yoga influence you in it?
I am an acute care physical therapist working for the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. I was drawn to physical therapy because, in essence, it is using the body’s own natural physiology to heal itself. I am drawn to yoga for its ability to heal the body, mind and spirit. My yoga practice helps me to be stronger in all these aspects so that I may be a better therapist for the people I serve. It has also helped me learn to be more present with people in crisis and more appreciative of the power of the mind and spirit over the physical body.