Mary Hammerstein

Mary Hammerstein

My classes cater to multiple levels and emphasize the body as the teacher. Students are encouraged to recognize the wisdom of their own bodies and listen. I teach by offering suggestions for postures with many variations so each individual can customize their own practice. I watch, in order to encourage safety, provide guidelines to move the body in and out of poses, and encourage proper alignment in the Kripalu and Akhanda Traditions and encourage energy flow as taught in Kundalini Yoga, while always encouraging students to treat their bodies and minds with kindness and patience on the mat and in the world.

Bio:
During a time of great personal challenges I instinctually immersed myself in yoga. The practice helped me regain my health after a near fatal car accident left me bed-ridden for a year and recovering for another. Techniques I learned on the mat helped me to reconnect with myself after ending my engagement two weeks prior to the wedding. Yoga helped me heal while navigating the financial strains of a single-income household. I sobbed my way through yoga classes and breathed my way home as my mother fought, and ultimately lost, a four year battle with uterine cancer during which I was her primary caregiver. Teaching yoga provides me connections that have carried me across continents and through cities and towns all over the world.
 
Experiences with the amazingly calm, healing, and supportive powers of this ancient science guide me on my path of teaching. I received my 200 hour certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge Massachusetts in 2009. This gentle style of yoga with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows into daily life, guided me to return to live at the Kripalu Center for a year in 2013 as a volunteer after leaving a 14 year career teaching high school English in both the United States and overseas. The urge to travel, and learn about yoga at the source led me to India in 2014 where I studied and completed my 300 hour certification in Akhanda yoga in Rishikesh further immersing myself in the Kripalu concepts of compassion and spiritual transformation. Feeling compelled to learn more about my subtle body brought me to become a level 1 Kundalini Instructor in 2015. Find out more at www.maryogi.com.