Mara Chanin

Sarasota, FL
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

7 Reviews

Mara began practicing yoga at the age of 19 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY- it was love at first breath. As a dancer from a very early age, yoga resonated with Mara on a physical level. With time, yoga inspired her to share the beauty of the practice with others , thereby finding her own deeper awareness. For Mara yoga is a practical application of the Golden Rule - our actions and reactions come back to us in how we view the world, its circumstances and the people involved. By finding physical strength and agility we can more easily understand the idea of mind over matter, by trapping our attention in asana on the mat we can approach situations off the mat with the same focus and awareness.
Nature is the ultimate inspiration for Mara. After completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Todos Santos Mexico where she experienced such things as morning meditations while grey whales swam by and asana practice on top of mountains surrounded by soaring hawks- she found that fellowship with the natural world was of paramount importance to her growth as a teacher and a practitioner.
Integrating breath with movement, she infuses her classes with a sense of fluidity that allows students to tap into their personal inner and outward grace. With a sense of humor and dedication, Mara challenges her students to find the "sweet spot" in every posture - creating body awareness through the willingness to try new things. She continually looks to further her education through workshops and trainings in different styles of yoga, including multiple workshops with the founder of Universal Yoga, Andrey Lappa. Mara strives to keep a fresh and creative perspective in class sequencing and attitude.


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

7 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
A beautiful spirit, passionate about her teachings.

Mara is amazing. She teaches with such ease and authenticity to her passion. She reminds you that it's your practice and leads an environment comfortable to be grateful for your current abilities and yet push yourself. Always ending a practice with her beautiful voice and message of gratitude and kindness. She's truly an inspiration. Thank you Mara for sharing your talent. :)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Mara's yoga class gives me physical and mental confidence, an excellent workout and inspiration to progress in my practice. The mind, body and spiritual experience is available at all levels in each session. Instructions are clear and always include demonstration and monitoring. She is an amazing teacher!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Compassionate teacher

Mara is a teacher who pays attention to her students gently guiding them to correct postures. She is attentive powerful and gentle. there is no doubt that she has master skills and is a fabulous teacher for all levels.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Mara is a wonderful yoga instructor, very warm, kind and friendly. I always feel welcome and at home in her classes!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Mara is the Real Deal

Yoga cannot be learned from a book or in class. It is learned asana after asana, breath after breath, month after month, year after year. The best teacher is primarily the best student: the perpetual student. You are able to learn from her because she is always learning from you. The transparency and connection can not be missed. Mara is the real deal, and you will know that immediately.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Mara's classes are my favorite!

Mara's classes are both challenging and inspirational. She cares about her students and takes the time to explain new poses and make corrections to help each person get the most out of the class without disrupting the flow of the class. I look forward to her classes every week!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Love her!

Mara is a welcoming, friendly, knowledgable, fun instructor and I love her class. It is both challenging and invigorating.