Mary Parham, Programming Coordinator

IMG_20160721_141354

Mary’s 200hr Karuna [Compassion] Yoga Teacher Training was provided by 4025 Yoga & Wellness in 2014 and was based out of Richmond, VA. It was a small group of 5 women who spent one weekend a month together for nine months. During this time, she also completed an apprenticeship with her mentor at Blue Padma Yoga in Scottsville, VA.Mary began her yoga journey in 2008, when she went to her first class in midtown Memphis, TN. It was a slow-paced hatha practice with a long savasana (with a yummy adjustment!) and readings from “The Heart of Yoga” by T.K.V. Desikachar. When the class ended, she floated out of the studio and over to the local bookstore to pick up her own copy of the book. She did not live near a yoga studio at this time so her yoga practice took it’s form in various ways – her beginning attempts at understanding her food and what/how she was consuming, exploring the forested surrounding areas at long length with her four-legged fur friend, and meeting her life partner, who showed her how open and deeply rejuvenating a relationship can be through constant support and communication. All of these, she believes, are yoga and she has built that into her teaching style and class approach, because this is the seed from which her own practice has grown.

Some of Mary’s favorite activities are listening to funky music, dancing, hula hooping, rolling around with her dogs, hiking, growing, eating, preparing food with love, listening, hugging, singing, making cheesy jokes, knitting, painting faces, kissing tiny flowers, and spreading the love!

“May this peace we create go everywhere it is needed”

Mary’s classes

Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)

Mondays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm; Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm & 6:30 to 7:30 pm; and Sundays from 11:15 to 12:30 pm 

This vinyasa class is designed for students who are looking for a mindful break from the rest of their day.  It is an invitation to flow however you need, whether you are looking for a challenge or a meditative flow to bring the physical body and the breath closer together…or both! The class begins with centering and breathing, followed by some fluid warm ups and a vinyasa sequence with lunges, standing poses, and balancing. The practice comes back down to the ground for some cooling poses, inversions, twists, and the final resting pose. Come as you are for a thoughtful, intuitive, and playful vinyasa practice where you will move your physical body through its range of motion, relax the mind, and reboot for the rest of your day. This class is geared towards students who have some experience and familiarity with yoga.