Mareena began incorporating the physical aspects of yoga (yoga asana) into her daily workout routine one summer as a way to stretch and relax at the end of the day. Struggling for years with anxiety and depression she would fall in and out of her practice while life and other things came up and got in the way. After suffering from one particular bout of crippling depression and anxiety Mareena would rediscover yoga and all of the benefits of having a consistent daily practice. When she felt the call within herself to enroll in a teacher training program she turned to one of her greatest mentors, Emily Furthman, for guidance. Emily, who had completed her 200 hour YTT under the tutelage of Meg Horan, invited Mareena to one of Meg’s Thursday morning classes at Jai on a sunny day in April, and her life was forever changed.
She enrolled that summer for the next training Meg would be offering and graduated a year later from the Pure Warrior Yoga School with her 200 hour certification. Knowing how to incorporate all eight limbs of yoga into her practice and daily life helped Mareena with managing her anxiety and depression and helped her to return to the place within herself that she had felt had been lost forever. It brought her home. Mareena loves to teach a strong flow that challenges and encourages students to step outside of themselves to find new growth and introspection within while meeting them where they are on the mat.