Mary Ricards

About The Teacher

Mary grew up on a farm in Southern California and went to college to become an Agriculture Teacher. Along the way she took her first yoga class from Rochelle and hasn’t stopped since! She became a certified instructor and started teaching yoga right after college. She traveled around the world and settled on the East Coast where she was heavily training for and participating in yoga championships. She now teaches yoga and she gets to dance Qoya!

Even though Qoya officially began in 2009, I feel like i took my first Qoya class with Rochelle back in 2004 where we gathered in a yoga studio, faced away from the mirrors and danced wildly and freely. Afterwards, I felt like I was in Nirvana and I’ve been taking Qoya ever since and have had the privilege to watch it grow and get deeper into it's essence and truth.

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