Like many on the yogic path, Mariam stumbled onto it rather than looking for it. What began primarily as a physical outlet, yoga later evolved into something deeper, transforming her life for the better. Born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California, yoga journeyed with Mariam off and on through a move to NYC in her early twenties, a move to LA less than a decade later and a move back to her hometown early 2021. A painful breakup and unexpected move during a pandemic, propelled Mariam into the deepest phase of her yoga journey yet, leading her to discover hidden layers of trauma and internal blocks. What followed was a leap into learning how to heal through various modalities within the yoga realm.
Through the inevitable ups and downs of life (and quite a few career changes!) yoga has been the one constant. Always ready to receive, provide and give the gift of finding home within herself no matter where she landed. Now a 500hr RYT with certifications in Yin, Trauma Informed Yoga, Embodied Yin & Yoga Nidra, Mariam has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, teaching for 5 years.
Ultimately, she is and will forever be a student first. One of her favorite parts about being a yoga teacher is learning from the students she has the privilege to guide and watching their own journey unfold through their practice.
Students can expect her instruction to be nurturing, supportive and intuitive. When it comes to a yoga practice, she believes we are our own best teachers and encourages students to cultivate that within themselves each time they step on the mat.
She currently teaches in person weekly studio classes, records Yoga Nidra + meditation audios and facilitates 200hr YTT’s. Aside from yoga, she loves anything outdoors, rock climbing (though still a major novice at it!), her Frenchie Lulu, and both equally exploring new territories and the routine of being a homebody.
Ahh, so many! One of them is Dancer Pose or Natarjasana. It feels freeing, strong, expansive and grounded all at once. I feel like Superwoman in that pose!
Again, too many to count. Anything from Young Pueblo, including this one which resonated deeply this past year of my life:
“Time does not heal all wounds; it just gives them space to sink into the subconscious, where they will continue to impact your emotions and behavior. What heals is going inward, loving yourself, accepting yourself, listening to your needs, addressing your attachments and emotional history, learning how to let go and following your intuition.”
Living a human life. My practice brings me home to myself, brings me back down to earth amidst the chaos of being a modern human living in a modern world. It’s less about what inspires my practice but rather about the inspiration I receive from my practice. When I need to reconnect to self so that I can reconnect to others so that I can re-ignite my inspiration, I go to my mat and practice. It’s a beautiful cyclical process of alchemy!
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