Mary Bruce is a senior student of Rod Stryker’s and a Level II Para Yoga Certified Teacher. She knew that Yogarupa was her teacher the moment she met him in 1998 at a Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park. He walked into the room and it was charged with his presence before he even spoke a word (the power of a dedicated practice and transmission), and when he did, the practice was magic. For the first time ever all elements of yoga were present and it was life changing. Iccha Shakti rose up within Mary and she manifested a way to bring Yogarupa to Phoenix year after year as well as provide herself an opportunity to travel, study and assist Yogarupa around the country.
Mary is also a 500-hour E-RYT Yoga Alliance teacher, and has been Anusara certified since 2004. She served as Director of the Yoga Teacher Training program at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona from 2004 through 2008 and Co-Directed the Yoga Teacher Training program at Practice Yoga in NYC in 2009 along with fellow Para Yogini Johnna Smith. Mary currently Co-Directs, along with certified Para Yoga teacher Lynn Matthews, the Yoga 4 Life Master Immersion Series in Phoenix. She is also a National and International presenter.
With a depth of knowledge in the energetics of tantric hatha (part of her Para Yoga lineage) along with Anusara’s biomechanical principals of alignment, Mary offers students a supreme way to practice. With over 16-years of experience, her teaching includes all the elements of a meaningful and balanced practice: 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. Mary is dedicated to creating sacred space where by practicing these techniques, our essential and best self can unfold and flourish.
“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, Para Yoga® Master Teacher
For upcoming yoga workshop and event information, please visit Mary’s