Mariah has been a student of yoga since 1998. As an athlete and competitive ski racer, she found yoga as a way to gain greater body awareness and mental focus.
Her interest in the physical and psychological benefits of yoga were a perfect complement to her Bachelor of Science (BsC) in Health Psychology at Bastyr University and later her work as a health counselor. Mariah completed her first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in 2004, graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2006, and undertook two Maya Yoga teacher trainings with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini in the lineage of Krishnamacharya in 2009/2010.
Mariah’s teaching journey brought her to Cape Town, South Africa in 2010. During her time in Cape Town Mariah co-created and co-owned The Shala – Cape Town Yoga School with Tamsin Sheehy. Mariah, Tamsin, and Adila Groenewald wrote and lead seven of The Shala’s first Vinyasa Yoga Teacher’s Training courses together.
Constantly pursuing her love of yoga, deepening her personal practice, and refining her unique teaching approach, Mariah most recently completed 20 hours of Katonah Yoga with Nevine Michaan in 2019, 50 hours of advanced training with Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2016, and a certified 500 hour Maya Yoga advanced teacher training (ERYT) in 2015. She is currently teaching in New York City at Equinox, Woom Center, Kula Yoga Project, Urban Recovery, and with private clients.
Mariah’s diverse and dedicated yogic path, her passion for the medicine of movement and music, her commitment to accessing the subtler, energetic parts of our being through the physical practice of yoga, and her careful attention to alignment in action, are interwoven into her unique style of teaching. Mariah’s classes offer a safe, inspiring, and light-hearted space for students to go deep into their practice without force and to use movement and breath to move through challenges on the mat and in life. Her carefully curated sequences and keen awareness of the subtleties of the physical and energetic body encourage students to reveal their Light and cultivate strength and flexibility of both mind and body in a playful and curious way.