What to expect in a class with Mary
Mary believes in the health of the whole person; body, mind, and spirit. She feels that yoga is an ancient sacred system that is safe, structured, and an enjoyable way to develop health and wellbeing for the whole person. You can expect a strong physical practice (asana) which will result in awakening subtle body energies as well as muscular energy, combined with cues toward mindfulness and breath. Classes will include a warm up, flowing vinyasa sequences, and strive for a balancing of muscle groups through a thoughtful practice. She loves introducing yogic philosophy to her students, believes in a non–dualistic realm of existence, and the power of the mind. Mary’s warm personality will engage you in an authentic and comfortable way to challenge yourselves, and leave you feeling peaceful and refreshed.
Mary Greenwood joins the Mighty Yoga team from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and is delighted to be living here in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire! She has been a yoga teacher for over 14 years, preceded by years of teaching all types of fitness classes, and working in the Corporate Health and Wellness setting in Golden, Co. She holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology and draws on that education and experience to offer a safe and effective class. Most recently Mary has earned her Master of Divinity, studying all things spiritual. Mary did her Yoga Teacher Training and Certification at the Shambhava School of Yoga in Colorado, studying a month at each of the Colorado and Hawaii ashrams affiliated with the school. Since then she has done over 300 hours of additional training with John Friend and Jeanie Manchester of Boulder, Colorado, in the Anusara and Sri Daiva methods of yoga. She is also trained by the Rocky Mountain Center for Ayurvedic Studies to teach yoga to cancer patients. Mary is currently working as a healthcare Intern Chaplain at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where she blends her love of yoga, interfaith ministry, and a compassionate heart for people entrusted to her care.
We asked Mary
Why do you practice yoga?
I find that yoga brings a deeper strength to my body, a power of mind, and peacefulness of spirit, all of which fuel me for the challenging work that I do. It is my respite, a treat that I give myself. I believe coming to the yoga mat each day is a way to align and unite the highest source energy and self.
What fuels you?
Spending time in nature is a favorite fuel, as well as quality relationships. A dose of forest, water, and movement each day is my personal ritual for staying fully charged. I also love to dance, hike, travel, study, and read. Spending time with my daughters, who are here, is a great joy for me. I enjoy all people, especially those who practice gratitude.
Mary’s favorite piece of wisdom:
“Teach me to behold thy face in the mirror of the stillness within.” – Paramahansa Yogananda