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Marie Harris

I began practicing yoga over 10 years ago, muddling through books and videos at home. Several years ago I attended Matt Ryan’s Sunday evening class for the first time and it marked a major turning point in my practice – I delved deeper and soon became a regular at his monthly Mysore programme. My casual Ashtanga practice soon became a dedicated ritual, with respect for the breath and a half decent vinyasa count!

In 2012 I undertook teacher training with David Swenson, more for the benefit of my own practice than a desire to teach, but before I knew it I was on the ‘other side of the mat’ and was fortunate enough to begin by shadowing Matt and Kirsten Roberston. I’ve also benefited immensely from the many international teachers that have visited Yoga Manchester.

In 2013 I completed a 200-hour, Yoga Alliance certified course with a dream team of Ashtanga teachers including John & Lucy Scott, Greg Nardi and David Keil. John Scott’s teachings, particularly his commitment to the vinyasa count have heavily influenced my practice.

At the end of 2014 I travelled for six months, studying intensively with a number of highly experienced teachers including Matthew Sweeney, Dena Kingsberg and Lino Miele. I also had the pleasure of following Matt’s footsteps to India and experiencing ‘Mysore magic’ for the first time. I spent two months at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute studying with my teacher’s teacher, Sharath Jois.

I like to teach in the same way I approach my own practice; with a balance of discipline, good humour, and curiosity. Alongside Ashtanga I enjoy teaching Yoga for Sports and as a cyclist I’m particularly interested in how yoga can effect our experience on the bike and vice versa. I am currently involved in developing sequences specifically for cyclists.

Yoga can be exciting, yet sometimes frustrating. Even when the benefits appear as challenges, yoga can provide a great tool for exploring your own potential and the world around you. Enjoy!

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