Mary Hargraves

RYT 200, RYT 500

"I have been loving, living and practicing yoga for over 20 years. As a yoga teacher, my intention is to guide students towards finding their own practice with the purpose of calming the mind, opening the heart, and restoring the body. I teach in the Kripalu method inviting each student to explore the Body, Mind, and Spirit."

Certified 500 hr. Kripalu Yoga, Certified Yoga Therapist, Certified Integrated Positional Therapist, Certified Reiki Usui System of Natural Healing.

What inspires you? My yoga students. They are the best teachers I have!
 
How do you balance your yoga practice and life? My life is a yoga practice. Each day whether I’m on my mat or shopping at Market Basket, I practice and notice. Practice being mindful, compassionate and in the moment . . . practice, practice, practice.
 
What is your favorite quote? “Serve with a full heart. By making others happy you make yourself happy.” Swami Kripalu

What is your favorite asana (posture)? Half Moon. When I began practice, this was my least favorite posture. Then one day a wise teacher demonstrated this posture using the wall and voile! I was in the pose. After a while, I could do it without the use of the wall, but more important that doing the posture was the lesson to take support when and if I needed it. That’s the part I brought into my life.
 
What is your least favorite asana? Headstand. Such a metaphor for my life – I have low tolerance when it is upside down.

What is your favorite part about your practice? Meditation. A little bit every day keeps me centered.
 
When did you start practicing yoga and why? 20 years ago I had back surgery for a herniated disc and was told I would be back for surgery year after year. I started exploring alternative modalities, and one day my best friend dragged me to a yoga class – it was love at first practice.
 
What's your biggest fear? I broke my wrist about 5 years ago – really shattered it and needed surgery. I was terrified I could not teach yoga. I came out the other end stronger (in the wrist) and with much more empathy for my students with sensitive wrists. It was a gift to break my wrist.
 
What do you love most about Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio? First my students – I love each and every one of them. Second, the beautiful place Elissa has created for us. It exudes peace and calm.

Interesting fact: Although I’ve practice yoga for many years, I did not achieve my teaching certification until I was 59. I retired from my “day” job and started doing what I love, and since then have never “worked” a day in my life.