Taipei, Taiwan (raised in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada)
Mary embraces yoga as a perfect blend of athleticism, creativity and spirituality. She encourages her students to find their joyful edge of inner and outer strength, beauty and expression.
CLASSES AT PURE
Slow Flow Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Restorative
EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS
E-RYT 500. Practice since 1996 Teach since 2002. Certified: ISHTA, AcroYoga, YogaSlackers, Thai Yoga, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Reiki 2nd Degree.
Yogiraj Alan Finger
Actress in regional and off-Broadway theater
Mary Aranas instructs the following:
Pure Zen Flow
This class begins with 15 minutes of pranayama (breath work) moves into 60 minutes of Vinyasa flow, and culminates with 15 minutes of meditation. The deep breathing techniques tie awareness back into the body and simple meditation quiets the mind after the powerful flow.
Meditation: Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra (Psychic sleeping) – Yoga Nidra is the art of conscious relaxation. It is a powerful practice where the body and mind are liberated from their tensions and anxiety. One learns how to put the body into sleep while the mind remains fully awake. The brain wave drops into the theta state where deep levels of healing takes place on the emotional, mental, and physical planes.
Slow Flow Meditation (1)
Take it slow with this gentle, but deep approach to Vinyasa yoga. This practice links poses to breath to reveal body awareness, inner strength, and easeful opening. The later part of class includes a guided meditation for the ultimate yoga experience.
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing way of practicing yoga. Given props, the student achieves poses without much muscular strength, facilitating deep release in the connective tissue and calming the nervous system. Teachers may offer a meditative focus
Flow & Restore
Flow & Restore stretches and strengthens the body, allowing body and mind to relax deeply in supported restorative shapes. The first 15 minutes are an easy warm up of the major joints and muscles to move the flow of blood and prepare the practitioner for rest. The majority of the class focuses on Restorative poses done with bolsters and blankets that enhance the slow "flow" at the beginning. This is a simple approach to gentle restorative movement that reboots the parasympathetic nervous system and eases the mind.