|Mary Aranas is 500-hour E-RYT certified in the ISHTA Yoga tradition under Yogiraj Alan Finger, and has taught full-time since 2002. With her theater, dance, and martial arts background, Mary's Vinyasa style is flowing. Infusing Chakra exploration in her teaching, Mary honors diverse lineages, with joy and healing as her guiding principles. In her classes Mary uses yantra, mantra, pranayama and vinyasa, grounding her students strongly in alignment, then releasing them into their power, freedom and beauty. Her Restoratives are a special treat, combining aromatherapy, music, meditations, and healing touch. In 2007 Mary discovered AcroYoga®, and in 2008 she became one of 120 certified AcroYoga® teachers worldwide. Mary is a certified Thai massage practitioner since 2009. Her Thai Yoga practice and her ongoing AcroYoga® performance and teaching are an endless source of inspiration in her life. Mary lives in New York city with her actor husband and son.|
*More about Mary
Where are you originally from?
Taipei, Taiwan, but raised in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada
What classes do you teach at Pure?
AcroYoga, Yin/Yang, Slow Flow Meditation, Chakra Slow Flow and Restorative
How long have you been practicing yoga?
What brought you to yoga?
I tried yoga for the first time as a new mother and I was hooked. I found that it gave me both the physical and spiritual highs I loved.
Who was your first yoga teacher and how did she inspire you?
My first two yoga teachers at my local gym taught the only two classes during the week that I could get to. At the time, I did not know the details of their practice, just that I loved how I felt doing yoga with them. They were fabulous, and I continue to be inspired by them today.
What motivates you to practice today?
My body craves it. I feel my body, mind, and spirit engage when I practice.
Before becoming a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I was an ensemble member of an Off-Broadway theater company for almost 15 years.
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
I love to go road cycling with my husband and son. I'm also a Thai Massage practitioner.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
I'd like to think I would be back on the stage or spending by time writing. I hope to return to those crafts one day.
What do you love about Pure Yoga?
I love that Pure honors multiple lineages and creative styles of yoga, all under one roof. That's unique today, and I love that about Pure!