Buffalo : Buffalo Showroom

Marina Mukandala


I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Upon completing High School, I moved to Massachusetts, where I completed my College education. After graduating from College, I stayed in Massachusetts for a number of years. I started my career and also discovered yoga. I knew after taking my very first yoga class in 2004, that yoga would be a part of my life for a long time. I realized that this practice was life changing and very powerful. It was then that the desire to teach started to rise up within me.
In 2008, my husband and I relocated from Massachusetts to Williamsville, New York. I quickly found a yoga studio in the area and continued my practice. My desire to teach had grown even stronger by this point. In 2009, I took a leap of faith and underwent a 250-hour Teacher Training program. I took another leap of faith after completing the Teacher Training program, and left my full-time career, to teach yoga full-time. It’s a decision that I’m so happy I made. It felt so empowering to wake up each day to do something that I was truly passionate about. In 2010, I became a mother, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. In 2011, I finally started taking steps to pursue what had always been my long-term dream and goal…opening up my own yoga studio. In March of 2012, my dream came to life, as I opened Mind Body Flow Yoga, in East Amherst, New York. I have the life that I’ve always dreamed of and I attribute it to two things…1) my faith in God and 2) letting go of fear and limited thinking. I couldn’t be happier or more thankful to share the amazing practice of yoga with my community, through a space that I was blessed to create, for the healing practice of yoga

• How do you plan to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness? I plan to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness one body and one breath at a time, through yoga. I truly believe in the life transformation that yoga provides. When a person can show up on a yoga mat and learn how to be present with themselves and conquer the many challenges that are thrown their way in class, they can show up in their life off of the mat as well…bigger and better than they ever thought possible. This ushers in much greatness, much healing, and much peace.

• Favorite way to sweat? My favorite way to sweat is in a heated vinyasa flow yoga class. There is something so powerful, yet calming about linking the body, mind, and spirit into the flow of movement. It strengthens me continually. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. I feel very blessed to share this powerful practice with my community, as a teacher and studio owner.