Mariko’s yoga practice started when she walked in Living Yoga in May 2009. After she took her first vinyasa group class at Living Yoga, she felt like her body and mind remembered what they were missing — she felt calmer, stronger, and energized in a way she had never experienced. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and kept practicing yoga. She was naturally drawn to take the 200-hour teacher training with Rei Farid and Miles Borrero at Living Yoga in 2014.
In late 2014, she started to have a recurring health issue that prevented her from practicing asana for over 2 years. During that time, she started to explore the quiet sides of the yoga practice, such as Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra, which have allowed her to excavate a much deeper level of physical and spiritual awareness than ever before. While she keeps strengthening her asana practice, she is passionate about introducing meditative and therapeutic aspects of yoga that are accessible to every body.