For Mary, discovering yoga felt like she had found the perfect pair of jeans that fit just right. Mary began practicing yoga in 2001. In 2008, Mary completed the YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training. With this training she has gained appreciation of combining the flow of Ashtanga with the alignment precision offered with Iyengar. When Mary took her first Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga class she was immediately hooked on this dynamic, comprehensive, challenging, yet accessible style of yoga.
Mary completed the SHAKTI Teacher Assisting Program, Level 1 and 2 with Baron Baptiste and continues to mentor under Lisa Black. Mary’s primary teachers have been Lisa Black, Troy Lucero, and Catherine Munro. To further her passion in always being a student first, she has completed intensives with Richard Freeman, Gregor Singleton, Bryan Kest, Jason Crandell, Shiva Rea, and Janet Stone.
The practice of yoga has helped Mary transition through life's challenges with strength and introspection. Her classes are infused with energy, lightness and laughter, encouraging students to truly find their edge and grow, as well as finding a quiet place both on the mat and off. She is deeply grateful to her teachers for the passion and inspiration they instilled in her. Mary believes it is an honor to teach and spread the love of something so close to her heart. She teaches at both Shakti Vinyasa Redmond and Bellevue and serves as Lead Teacher in Redmond and Director of Programs for all 3 Shakti Studios.