Mary Barnes

Mary Barnes


Originally from Minneapolis, MN (has called Manhattan home since 1987!)


Having extensively studied and practiced Anusara Yoga for many years, Mary’s classes are both heartfelt and alignment oriented.  She seeks to teach students how to balance the hard and the soft in order to become stronger and more resilient, both on and off the yoga mat.


Prenatal, Baby & Me, Momma Core


24 Years, Pre and Post-Natal Yoga


John Friend


Marketing positions on Wall Street and a large NYC law firm. I became certified in Fitness and Yoga, and taught part-time while I held my other corporate positions. I finally got up the nerve to leave my desk job and I started teaching full time in 1992. The next year my first son was born, and I began to create my Yoga For Two Prenatal and Postpartum program. 

Mary Barnes instructs the following:
  • Baby & Me
  • (For parents and babies, 6 weeks until crawling too much to do yoga!)

    This multi-level postpartum yoga flow class is specifically designed to reawaken and strengthen a woman's postpartum body---with an emphasis on their core--- after giving birth, while they practice yoga with their baby. Dads are welcome to attend class too and join in the flow! Baby yoga and songs are included. This class helps moms and dads regain physical, mental and emotional strength during the early months of motherhood while they meet other new moms and babies.

     (Please note: At Pure Yoga East you can call the front desk when you arrive to ask them to send the elevator to Street Level if you have a stroller: 212-360-1888.)

  • Prenatal
  • Learn how to safely strengthen your abdominals to maintain postural integrity during pregnancy and labor.

  • Babies-on-the-Go & Me Yoga
  • Using our popular Baby & Me Yoga format created by Mary Barnes, parents of active crawlers/walkers up to age 2, are invited to enjoy a flowing yoga practice while their babies play. Bring lots of toys to share. Baby Yoga and songs are included after parents yoga!

  • Couple's Yoga for Labor & Delivery Workshop
  • Once you feel comfortable with the breathing and relaxation techniques as well as postures for labor and delivery practiced in our prenatal yoga classes, you may want to share this with your birth partner. During this two hour Couples Workshop, partners are invited to experience what's learned in prenatal class, practice yoga, learn breathing and relaxation techniques, and discover yoga postures and hands-on support that can aid in labor. Husbands and birth partners with no yoga experience are welcome!

    $80 per couple

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    Mary Barnes (E-RYT 500 and RPYT), Pure Yoga’s Family Programing Manager, is one of New York City’s most energetic and well-respected yoga instructors. Teaching yoga since 1990 and specializing in pre- and postnatal yoga since 1993, Mary offers classes at Pure Yoga East and West that are invigorating, enlightening, and joyful. Whether teaching pregnant women and couples or new moms and their babies, she incorporates the full range of yoga poses, along with expert attention to alignment and breathing. She founded Yoga For Two and developed a series of classes and workshops including Yoga for Hormonal Balance, Yoga for Pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga, Couple’s Yoga for Labor & Delivery, and Postpartum Baby & Me and Momma Core Yoga, as well as her Teacher Training workshops. She subsequently trained for over 500 hours in Anusara Yoga with its founder John Friend and other top Anusara Yoga teachers, including intensive therapeutics training. Her greatest teachers, however, have been the hundreds of women who have taken her workshops since 1993. Mary believes that yoga can help women become strong and centered, and in touch with their intuition, which makes them feel more confident—and more competent—as they prepare for motherhood.