marie marchand, RYT-500

    marie marchand, RYT-500

about marie

Foundations

I came to yoga 20 years ago through spiritual seeking and as a support for my meditation practice. I began with Vinyasa yoga and from my very first class felt a profound sense of stillness and a relaxed vitality that I had never experienced before. I couldn't wait to go to another class.  A year later I discovered Kripalu yoga and felt a real sense of homecoming in this meditative practice that was so welcoming and a philosophy that was steeped in love, as well as with the authenticity of the teachers and the lineage of Swami Kripalu - I had found my path.

I am a certified professional level Kripalu yoga teacher. I have been teaching in the Lowell area for nearly 15 years and have offered yoga retreats around New England, Italy and next year New Mexico!  I am deeply inspired by the rhythms and wisdom of the natural world, music, poetry and Tibetan Buddhism. And I weave all of these into my teaching.  

Intentions

It is my intention as a teacher to create a welcoming environment for students and to guide them inward to connect with their own deep inner experience  ~ to help each student find their own authentic path to well-being and vitality through the philosophies and practices of yoga and meditation. I believe yoga has something to offer everyone and I strive to make these practices and philosophies accessible to all. 
In 2012 I opened Sangha Yoga Collective in Downtown Lowell, MA, with the intention of creating community and a peaceful & welcoming space for teachers to offer classes. In 2016 we have transitioned to a collective without walls ~ offering classes in various indoor and outdoor spaces around the Lowell area.

about yoga

Yoga is a 4000+ year old tradition that share's it roots with buddhism. It is a living tradition, growing and evolving over centuries and continents to bring us the modern practices we have today. Yoga is a sanskrit word that means union or connection. In yoga we use conscious breathing to quiet the mind and cultivate connection between body, mind and spirit. We use movement and postures(asanas), along with breathwork (pranayama) and meditation to bring stillness to the mind, freedom in the body, as well as to deepen self-awareness and increase life force (prana).

Kripalu Yoga

Kripalu means compassion! Kripalu yoga is named for its founder Swami Kripalu. It is a meditative practice that emphasizes embodying the quality of compassion and practicing non-judgemental self-inquiry and self-acceptance, as well as taking your practice off your mat and into your everyday life. Students are encouraged to practice at their own pace, listening to and honoring their body's own innate wisdom and following the flow of prana (life force energy) in the body.

how the ancient practice of yoga can serve you today....

*brings balance to today's busy lifestyles

*relieves stress and anxiety

*quiets the mind, promoting concentration, focus and self-awareness

*increases strength, flexibility and balance in the body

*improves posture

*helps reduce depression, stress and insomnia

*detoxifies and rejuvenates the body

*helps prevent and heal some injuries

*helps increase a sense of wellness, wholeness and self-esteem

new to yoga? 

*begin gently, listen to and honor the wisdom of your own body.
*yoga happens from the inside out - do your best to pay attention to how you're feeling
on the inside as opposed to how you look on the outside.
*drink plenty of water.
*avoiding eating meals 2 hours before class. a small snack is ok.
*wear loose comfortable clothing and dress in layers, as your body temperature will
change throughout class.
*let me know of any injuries or changes in your health, especially pregnancy.
*most importantly, yoga is a PRACTICE.   be compassionate and patient with yourself,
relax and have fun.