Giselle Mari is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher and E-RYT500 whose introduction to yoga in the early 90s was a natural progression from her gymnastics/dance background, her passion for music and being raised by a bohemian flamenco dancer. Being a bit of a wild child, she was later drawn to the Jivamukti Yoga method. Soon thereafter she began her extensive study with her gurus Sharon Gannon and David Life who she joyfully assisted throughout the western U.S. for almost 5 years.
Described as "spunky" by her teacher Sharon Gannon, Giselle is known for her sustainable & insightful classes that infuse funky eclectic music, chanting, skillful hands on assists, a down to earth approach to yoga and an all around good time for your soul.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Giselle also teaches at studios, festivals and conferences around the globe. She's appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal and Yoga International and has been featured in many of their articles. She is an ambassador for Gaiam, a columnist for Origin magazine, is on the advisory board for The Art of Yoga Project and has had the honor to serve as a mentor on the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training Faculty.
Take your foot off the gas for a few minutes and move into the relaxed lane. Begin standing to meet the more active element of your energy, then wind down into supported postures like butterfly, pigeon and side stretches. You can do this practice at the end of the day, or right before a stressful event, as this sequence can help you slow down, breathe and think and feel at ease. Props Needed: Two blocks, a bolster and a blanket.
Let's be honest, even the most dedicated practitioners sometimes only have a few minutes a day for practicing. This all-around, continuous flow is perfect when you're short on time and need a powerful punch. Not too challenging, but touches on many points that a familiar yogi will joyfully welcome. Starting with sun salutations, flow into poses like crescent, dhanurasana, headstand and krounchasana that stretch your legs and activate your core. A great go-to flow. Props Suggested: A strap.
You are the source of your own dramas and complexities, but you also have the power to slow down, simplify and create a sanctuary among the chaos. Discover your strength with this gradual practice that emphasizes hands and knees balancing, to engage your shoulders, spine, core and hips. Work out your worries and allow yourself the space to create inner peace and balance. Conclude with a guided pranayama and savasana. Props Suggested: A blanket.