We come to the practice as we are and let the beauty we are unfold.
Mary Bruce is an internationally beloved yoga teacher and educator who creates sacred space and presence for her students. Mary is a torch bearer. A beacon of light. A rare guide that is breaking the mold of the modern climate of yoga. Her teachings light us up and help us manifest our deepest desires.
Through a deep connection with each of her students, Mary expresses and teaches in a way that has been described as “pouring the goddess” straight from her mouth. She has an organic, poetic language for her teachings so students find their own inner truth of yoga and living. By being gifted with the ability to be both rooted and wild, gentle and fierce, joyful and deep, Mary’s teaching style integrates all energies so students can truly intersect light and shadow, the god and goddess. Her gentle and calming attention help her students find comfort in the moments of discomfort and to build confidence while challenging the edges of their self limitations.
"After practicing with Mary, you leave with a stronger connection to your body and your true essence."
Mary teaches all levels with an emphasis on the philosophical teachings of yoga that remain true to her linage. You will not find her classes “dumbed down” or diluted. She trusts her students' ability to understand the essence of yoga. While she pays honor to what has been passed onto her, she also stays true to herself and most importantly- true to each student, meeting them all exactly where they are. She guides her classes through all layers of yoga- from the flesh to the bone to the soul. She brings attention to detail (alignment), awareness of breath (pranayama), connection with divine source (bhavana), intelligent sequencing (vinyasa krama), as well as, Ayurveda, visualization, meditation, mantra and more to each and every one of her classes.
Her wish for each student is that they practice expressing who they truly are. To radically embody that truth. And that their truth bring greater peace, to themselves, to this world. A yoga teacher since 1997, Mary considers herself a forever student and began her journey in 1994 with Julie Crutchfield at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. She was so inspired by what she learned with Julie she pursued higher yoga education which led her to become a 500 hour E-RYT Yoga Alliance Teacher.
"The lasting effects of Mary's classes are always profound."
Since 1998 Mary Bruce has studied Sri Vidya Tantra in the tradition of the Himalayan Masters. After over 2000 hours of training, she achieved the highest levels of certification and is internationally recognized as one of the most prominent female teachers in the tradition. Mary is a teacher of teachers, having led Teacher Training Programs internationally for over 15 years. She is known for her ability to transmit transformative teachings with clarity and compassion. As a certified I AM Yoga Nidra Facilitator and Restorative Teacher (certified by Judith Lasater) who is also skilled in the application of Universal Alignment principles she brings unique and well-rounded expertise to her classes and training. Currently Mary studies with Indu Arora and considers her to be her most important teacher to date.
Mary directed the Yoga Teacher Training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona from 2004-2008. She also co-directed the Yoga Teacher Training program at Practice Yoga in New York City in 2009 and co-directed the Yoga For Life 300 hour Master Immersion into The Yoga Tradition Program from 2011-2014. She currently trains teachers in Arizona, California and Switzerland. Mary has written for internationally known magazines such as Yoga International, Origin and Mantra Magazine, and is featured on Gather Yoga. She occasionally travels with musicians such as Jennifer Nettles and the band, Sugarland, to bring yoga and wellness on tour. To bring Mary to your studio email email@example.com.
Mary currently teaches throughout the United States and abroad, dedicating her life to spreading her love for yoga and all the ancient wisdom in a new and radiant light.
"Mary is an exceptional teacher. She breathes and shares yoga with the rare voice and wisdom only someone born to teach –– and who has been deeply touched by it –– is capable of. Her teaching shines –– an ideal combination of precise technical expertise and the spirit of what real practice is all about. The world needs more Mary Bruces." ~ Rod Stryker, Founder of ParaYoga®, Author of The Four Desires
"Mary meets you where you are. Whether you need to release physical tension, clear your head or open you heart she can offer a practice that is the perfect prescription for your day. She is good medicine. Her classes are a welcomed respite and healer when I'm out on the road." ~ Jennifer Nettles, Grammy award winning songwriter, lead singer, Sugarland