Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 while earning a degree in psychology at University, but it was not until 1988 when she traveled to Mysore, India for the first time to study Ashtanga yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois, and began a daily asana practice that yoga became a central thread informing all aspects of her life.
Mary is the co-founder, with her husband, Richard Freeman, and the director of the Yoga Workshop, in Boulder, Colorado. When not traveling and teaching elsewhere Mary teaches regularly at the Yoga Workshop. She is also on the faculty of the Upaya Zen Centers Being With Dying Program and has taught as part of the core teaching staff for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training program.
She brings to her teaching a deep respect for the healing and calming effects of yoga. Her classes are engaging and fun, focusing the flow of the breath, steady movement and the feeling of completeness and insight that can be cultivated through a consistent practice. Mary has authored three cookbooks and is the co-author of What Are You Hungry For? Women, Food and Spirituality (St. Martins).
Building Your Ashtanga Primary Series
This meditation is for bringing balance and nourishment to the everyday activity of eating. You'll need a bite or two of three different foods you typically like in front of you. It's best to include some variety in character, taste, and texture so you can fully engage your senses and learn to listen to your body.
Deeply connect with your inner sense of wonder, joy, and curiosity as you drop into the natural capacity of your heart. Begin with a body scan then release tension with your breath as you cultivate an embodied sense of open-heartedness.
Use your breath to connect with the earth and expand into creativity. Notice the sensations you feel at the peak and valley of each breath as you drop deeply into an experience of mindful awareness.