Mara turned to restorative yoga back in 1998 to help her manage the stress of being an elementary school teacher. She found that the more she gave to yoga, the more it gave back physically and spiritually. After many classes, workshops and teacher trainings, she became certified in 2007 and now holds her E-RYT certification. In 2013, Mara developed the Emerald Heart School of Yoga (www.emeraldheartyoga.com), with her own curriculum. She has now trained, mentored and certified over 30 yoga instructors as the lead director of the school.
Mara loves the heart opening, life affirming practice of Anusara yoga, which literally means, “stepping into the flow of grace.” She also embraces a Vinyasa Flow style in her teaching, allowing the mind to quiet by connecting to breath, body and heart. She sequences her classes in a thoughtful manner, encouraging everyone feel empowered, safe and connected as they move through their practice. She has trained with numerous nationally known instructors including John Friend, Gabriel Halpern and Noah Maze.
Mara was an elementary school teacher, college faculty and educational consultant for 15 years but now channels her energies to the teaching the healing energies of yoga. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she now calls Mundelein her home.