With Wanderlust Whistler just over a week away, we wanted to introduce you to one of our favourite Vancouver-based instructors, Mara Branscombe, who just last weekend taught a sunset yoga class to 1,000 people at Kits Beach - many of whom had just run the SeaWheeze half marathon!
what style of yoga do you teach?
Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, and Prenatal.
how did you get started with yoga?
While completing a BA in Cultural History and Eastern Philosophy I discovered BKS Iyengar's "Light on Yoga" in the library. Completely intrigued, I signed the book out and started a home practice. Two years later I found myself travelling in India and studying yoga - this was 16 years ago!
who/what are your biggest teachers?
Wow, this is a big question. Some of my most influential teachers to date are Mary-Jo Fetterly, Crystal Pite, Rhoda Pitcher, and Christine Selda. The deepening of my yoga, art, dance and ceremonial practice has been such a powerful teacher in my personal awakening and curiosity of body-mind-spirit integration. My greatest teacher to date has come with the birth of my amazing daughter, Desa Rose, who is 19 months old.
other than yoga, what are you passionate about?
Dancing, painting, ceremony, sailing, gardening, spending days with my family in nature, going on retreats, travelling.
what sort of classes are you planning for whistler?
I am really looking forward to teaching four very different classes that will draw upon my training and background in vinyasa flow, meditation, pranayama, and shamanic practice. I am so excited to be working with musicians such as Shaman's Dream, DJ Drez, DJ Urn, and Steve Gold. I am also leading a hike that includes meditation and shamanic ceremony at the top of the mountain.
whose classes are you excited to take at wanderlust?
one thing people don't know about you?
I have sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.