Mara is one of the yoga teacher trainees in our Spring 2019 cohort. Read more about her story and why she’s training at M3Yoga.
Where are you from? Augusta, Georgia
Where do you live? Athens
Favorite place you’ve been? The Grand Canyon
What’s your passion? Experiencing new things and sharing new experiences with people!
Favorite pose? Sirsasana (Headstand — I’ve gotta practice that Sanskrit!) I love doing headstands wherever I go, and challenge myself to take pictures in headstand in as many countries as possible.
How long have you practiced yoga?
I’ve practiced yoga consistently for about 3 years. Before that, I regularly practiced acroyoga and was convinced that I didn’t like yoga. After a few classes with some incredible teachers around Athens, I got bit by the yoga bug and cannot believe I ever thought I didn’t like yoga!
What’s your favorite yoga style?
Lately, I’ve really been enjoying Super Stretch at M3 and really getting to feel into the poses.
Why did you decide to attend teacher training?
I was very much inspired by a grant that I received through my job. I work with students at UGA and the grant was for wellness programming— including self-care tactics and mental health awareness. I had the opportunity to bring yoga, meditation, essential oils, and reflexology to my students. From that, I decided that I wanted to further my experience with yoga to be able to bring it to my students, friends, family, and anyone else! I love helping people feel their best, and I cannot wait to bring this yoga teacher training to everyone!
Why did you decide to train at the M3Yoga Center?
Many friends had suggested it to me, so I decided to do the 40 days for $40 intro deal. After taking a variety of classes and seeing how M3 creates such an incredible community, I was hooked!
What has been your favorite part of the training so far?
I have been so fascinated by the anatomy that we’re learning! It’s so cool to have a greater understanding of what poses work which muscles and how everything connects. Also, the group I get to train with is amazing. I’ve been so inspired by everyone and am grateful I get to have this experience with all of them!
What’s been the hardest part of the training so far?
The training goes far and beyond what we actually get to do during our training modules. While the reading is interesting and helpful, it can be challenging to do it all with a busy life. Granted, when I give myself the time to sit down and do the assignments outside of class, I love having that space to explore philosophy, teaching classes, anatomy, and, honestly, myself.
What is one thing you wish you knew before the training?
There is so much more to teaching yoga than just teaching yoga. I had no idea how far reaching yoga was, and I’m learning so much more than I imagined I would! Also, taking classes regularly does not mean that you’re going to be amazing at teaching right away. Teaching takes time, practice, and good feedback. I am a little bit of a perfectionist and like to be able to do things right and well the first time, so I have to keep telling myself that I have to learn to walk before I can run. That has been a hard realization.
What is your advice to someone considering teacher training?
If it’s really something that you’re passionate about, DO IT! Be prepared to explore many aspects of yoga, anatomy, and yourself though. If that is not something that you’re not ready to do, do not rush yourself into yoga teacher training.
Thinking about taking a yoga teacher training? Read more about our fundamentals training here.