- Bay Area, California
My story starts in a gym filled with Dumbbells, Stairmasters and TV’s and a short love affair with Bikram yoga. I quickly turned towards a more slow paced Hatha flow, where the classes were simple and challenging, and the studio community warm and accepting. This is where I fell deeply in love with what has since become a daily practice, releasing years of destructive body image behavior. My practice is constantly morphing, alongside the crazy rhythms that encapsulate life. I offer a highly creative, energetic vinyasa class through which I thread somatic movement, detailed alignment and various subtle body/mind/breath practices. This will shift as I shift, but my roots will always remain mindful and fearless.
My main teachers have been Bryan Kest for his down to earth dharma talks and challenging yet simple sequencing, Rod Stryker for meditation and Pranayama and Abby Tucker for her incredible ability to highlight the alignment of body and nature.
The woodsy backdrop of my upbringing has most definitely bred within me a strong link to the natural world. I also believe that expression through costume is central in leading a happy life and offer weekly costume inspired yoga classes in order to encourage silly behavior at large!
A bit of my BY (before yoga) history: I received my B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2011, which has been my inspiration in offering Seva centered classes and retreats. You can find my schedule and information about my upcoming events & retreats at marinaguastucci.com