Mary Byerly

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About The Teacher

Mary Byerly, your Yoga Alliance-Certified Instructor, has studied yoga for more than twenty years with various teachers, including Lilah Schwartz in Asheville, North Carolina, from whom she received her 200-hour certification, and Everett Newell and Katherine Girling in Ubud, Bali, where she received her 300-hour advanced certification.

Mary’s teaching is firmly grounded in the classical traditions of Hatha Yoga; her approach—honed over ten years of leading small classes at Panacea to a wide variety of practitioners—incorporates a thorough knowledge of anatomy with a deep intuition about what can best serve each student at any given moment. Emphasizing alignment and strength, she also encourages her students—regardless of age, ability, or illness—to breathe deeply and to connect with the inner teacher, to open up to the wisdom and peace of the heart. Her ultimate goal is always to guide her students towards the freedom and truth within.

As your Teacher Training Instructor, Mary will give you a thorough grounding in the traditional foundations of yoga–asana, pranayama, meditation, bandhas, mudras, and kriyas—as well as helping you to develop your own authentic personal practice and teaching style:

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  • Julia Sorcinelli   March 25, 2016

      Powerful Yoga Teacher

    I had a wonderful stay at Panacea de la Montana in Tamarindo, Costa Rica from March 3-11. I had the privilege of taking yoga classes with Mary on a daily basis. Mary is a skilled yoga instructor and makes each yoga class a special experience. She does an excellent job of combining the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga. I enjoyed her kind, gentle, and calming personality. She took the time to demonstrate new poses and make helpful adjustments to improve my posture and alignment. I greatly appreciate Mary's emphasis on developing a home yoga and meditation practice. She showed me simple yoga poses and sequences, as well as breathing and meditation practices, I could do at home. I highly recommend Mary's yoga classes for anyone who is looking to strengthen their yoga practice and get more in tune with their mind, body, and soul. Thank you, Mary, for helping to make my time at Panacea such an amazing experience!

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