Mary is a certified Qoya teacher trained by Qoya founder Rochelle Scheik. She began dancing at a very young age and has always enjoyed expressing herself through movement, so she was thrilled to discover Qoya and have a way to bring dance back into a prominent place in her life.
Mary found yoga while she was in college, and it became a spiritual foundation as well as an important form of movement in her life. Mary has been practicing at Binghamton Yoga since 2009. She can usually be found at the Iyengar yoga classes where she finds the structure and focus of the Iyengar style provides what her body needs after years of dance. She has studied with Joan White, Theresa Rowland, and Caroline Christie, as well as Aadil Palkhivala and his wife Savitri.
Mary brings experience with a number of different traditions to her classes. In addition to practicing yoga she spent many years studying Native American wisdom, is a Reiki Master and has completed a year long shamanic apprenticeship. Through her studies and practices she has gained a deep respect for life and the connection we share with each other and the earth.
Mary was attracted to Qoya because it brings together all of the things she loves and gives her a way to share them with others. Qoya is fun but more importantly to Mary, it gives dancers the opportunity to tune into themselves and discover that they really are wise, wild, and free. She hopes that her classes will help women remember that they are each unique, special people with so much love to give and receive.