Mary Wagstaff

Portland, OR
United States

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As a practitioner and teacher of yoga for over 15 years, I have acquired a wide array of knowledge in various yoga styles, health and wellness modalities. The most concentrated portion of my studies took place at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, one of the largest yoga and wellness centers in the world. It was there where I worked, lived, practiced, played and studied for two years under the supervision of their most senior teachers.

I am continuously learning and seeking out new traditions of yoga, meditation, alternative health and physical fun. My mission is to guide students of all levels through an energetic, playful and transformative yoga and fitness class geared towards their goals and needs supported by self-inquiry, relaxation and healing.

I have taught abroad as the resident teacher at one of Costa Rica’s leading yoga retreat Centers, as well as studios in vacation destinations in Mexico and Costa Rica. I have also been blesses to travel across the county teaching yoga from the east coast to Colorado, all the way here to Portland. My biggest passion when it comes to teaching, is my offering to members of the community that wouldn’t normally have access to yoga. I have been a member of the Street Yoga community and now Living Yoga here in Portland since 2008. These organizations provide classes to at-risk youth, and individuals facing adversity in our community. I also teach chair yoga with local seniors in their community residence. These are the classes that truly exemplify what the practice of yoga really means in our daily lives. I have recently branched out with my offerings to incorporate a more dynamic fitness component to some of my yoga classes creating a full spectrum of fitness in one class experience.

I also offer students/clients a unique hands on yoga modality called Pranassage. It is a creative synthesis of yoga and bodywork that produces deep relaxation in the receiver. Pranassage is an engaging and efficient option for those who want to deepen the effects of yoga. Pranassage appeals to people with no previous yoga experience, as well as the seasoned practitioner of yoga or other active forms of body-mind integration, because it provides tailored personal support for going to your next level.

The opportunity to express my self through my body by offering students something I hope will be influential in their lives is a true blessing and something I am continuously grateful for. I look forward to combining our energies through movement and breath and having a blast in the process.


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