Teacher Spotlight: Mary Catherine Starr

What made you try yoga for the first time?
I discovered yoga after suffering from a running injury. I was told by my doctor that the only types of exercise that I could do were yoga and swimming, and since I lived in Manhattan at the time and didn't have access to a pool, I decided to try yoga. Needless to day, I quickly became hooked and the rest is history! 

What's your favorite yoga pose and why?
Pigeon forever! Pigeon gives me the most relief of any yoga pose out there. I love how it feels, I love how I feel after doing it, and I always need more pigeon in my life. I teach it in *almost* every class because I feel that it is so beneficial for our chair-bound culture. 

What's your favorite book and why?
I have so many favorites, but I really love The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I love reading memoirs, and I think this is one of the best I've ever read. 

What inspires you?
Naure, sunshine, art, being with people I love, and of course, yoga wink 

Best trip you've ever taken?
I'm fresh off of leading a yoga retreat to Costa Rica, which was definitely one of the best trips I've taken recently, but I have so many favorites. I loved my travels while studying abroad in France, last year's family skiing trip to Alta, Utah, and my honeymoon to San Diego. 

What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
Dark Chocolate Reeces. I could eat them all day, every day. 

What's your favorite part of teaching yoga?
I love seeing the transformation that takes place from the beginning to the end of practice--the way that people come in stressed, figity, and tired, and leave more relaxed, open, and connected. It's a beautiful thing. I also love the look on students' faces when they come into a pose that they didn't think was possible for their body. 

What's your favorite type of music to practice to? 
I mix it up--folk, traditional, world music, electronic, indie--I love it all! Music is a big part of both practicing and teaching for me, as I find it can really aid in energy flow and mindfulness. You can check out some of my class playlists here

Words (or quote) you live by?
"Wherever you go, there you are." -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mary Catherine teaches the following classes: Tuesday 4:15pm Core Flow w/Deep Stretch and 5:45pm Align + Flow, Wednesday 7:45am Align + Flow Express and 9:15 Align + Flow, and Sunday 9:15am Align + Flow. You can connect with her + learn more on her website.

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