We asked each of our teachers a few questions to get to know them better.
Meet Mary Veal!
When did yoga first become a part of your life?
Yoga ( mind, body, movement and presence) has shown up in other forms all of my life. I have always been conscious of the power of nature, movement and mind set. I was introduced to asanas about 20 years ago, but didn’t build a consistent practice until about 7 years ago. It initialy was an aid to improve running, but I quickly learned it was an opening of pandora’s box.
When did you begin teaching? What made you decide to progress from student to teacher?
Yoga teacher training was at first an opportunity to dive into the whys of what I was practicing. As I examined my desire to encourage healthy living and deep joy, quickly learned this was one of the paths. It is reinforced in a class held in unusual setting of outdoors, recreation/ vacation or a studio, when a yogi is unexpectedly shaken by an emotion or transition that occurs during class. It is these times that keeps me on the path. I completed 200 hr yoga teacher training certification at Johns Creek Yoga in 2017. I am currently in the 300 hr training and expect to complete at end of year.
What is your personal practice and practice that you teach?
Daily morning meditation starts each day. My love of movement nestles in a daily routine of Hatha style with Yin and Restorative being my grounding practice. I enjoy teaching that of which I practice.
If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be and why?
My first reaction to this question was a bird of course, specifically an owl. To be wise and free sounds inviting. I realized I like sunshine and would rather be awake during the day. I would like to be a deer. Deer are native to every continent except Australia, as they adapt to any habitat. This fact creates the opportunity to be almost anywhere. Some deer never follow the same path twice, so I could wander freely. Deer are family oriented with the young staying close. The yearly regrowth of antlers symbolizes gentle rebirth and new beginnings. I could run or meander through nature, while experiencing rebirth. I would like to be a deer.
What is your favorite quote?
Everything is unfolding as it should.
Practice at Grey Owl:
Tuesday 6:00 All levels 7:15 Yin/ Restorative
I am also a Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner
I enjoy bringing yoga and movement to the outdoors and welcome every
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