Mary Harju, RYT 500, grew up in Media, PA. As a young adult, Mary discovered yoga through borrowing books and practicing on her own. It just felt right to her, and the practice moved her tumultuous adolescent mind and body to a place of harmony and peace. When she started taking yoga classes in 2001, while studying at Penn, she was blown away by the physical challenge but also inspired by the strength of the community and the wisdom of her teachers. Before this she’d always been a loner–too shy to connect with others in a meaningful way. This newfound sense of community led her to try many different styles of yoga–including taking classes at Wake Up Yoga West. In the process, her heart began to open, life took on a deeper meaning, and being of service to others, even in small ways, came to take center stage.
It wasn’t until 2013 that Mary decided to become a yoga teacher! Starting a regular meditation practice was what changed everything. She got her 200 hour certification at Raja Yoga and Meditation Center, studying classical hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra, and biofeedback. Teaching immediately became a vital part of her practice. In 2016 she completed a 300 hour teacher training at Yoga On Main–studying ayurveda, mantra yoga, bhakti yoga, and structural yoga therapy. Later that same year she participated in a yin yoga teacher training at Wake Up Yoga with Corina Benner that brought her to a deeper level of teaching and practice. Mary’s classes aim to help students go inward to stillness and discover their inherent abundance and grace–both on and off the mat.
When she’s not teaching yoga you can find Mary both reading and selling books, as well as painting in her Point Breeze studio. She holds an MFA in painting with a concentration in anatomy from the New York Academy of Art.