Biography

  • Maria-Battista-33-Th

     

    In 1973 in Santa Barbara California I discovered Paramahansa Yogananda's book Autobiography of a Yogi. The book inspired me to attend a yoga class. This was the first step of a long and fruitful journey inward. All the limbs of yoga; the breath, the meditation, the poses, the mindfulness; the wholeness of the practice felt so right. I took classes and workshops as often as possible never thinking of teaching but absorbing the lessons of my teachers like a sponge and began a personal practice at home.

    In 1983 I began to study dance and movement at Sonoma State University. It was here that I learned about movement analysis and body mind centering in addition to the movement techniques of modern dance. This work only increased the power of my yoga practice showing me new ways to move and be in my body.

    In 1993 one of my yoga teachers was leaving the area and I was asked to step in and teach the class. That was the start of my teaching career, sharing my love and knowledge of this rich body of work with other yoga lovers. In 1998 I completed a certification program as an Integrative Yoga Therapist and also in that year opened the Yoga West Studio in St. Louis Missouri. In 2005 I became certified as a Yoga Therapist through the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayuveda. In 2006. completed an immersion program in Anusara Yoga. I continue to take classes and workshops regularly, but it is my personal practice of yoga and meditation that is at the core of my teaching.

    My gratitude goes to all of my teachers and my teacher's teachers. A piece of each of them is in me and I humbly pass that on to those who are open to receiving. It is difficult to answer the question "what type of yoga do you teach?" I help people understand how they live in their bodies and how they might find more beneficial ways to inhabit themselves. Thank you

    2 Comments

    1. Reply
      Rob Weiss September 30, 2014

      Hello Maria,

      I am interested in signing up for your Friday class with my wife.

      How do I proceed.

      Thanks,

      Rob

      • Reply
        maria September 30, 2014

        Hi Rob
        Thanks for your interest in the Friday class. Please call me at 707-523-7572 so I can get a sense of what you are looking for in a yoga class and you can ask me any questions you might have.
        Maria

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