Marcelyn has explored a variety of spiritual customs and alternative health systems. She incorporates truths from these traditions into her life, practice, and teaching. She was introduced to yoga in 1995 and after dabbling in different styles for years, she eventually deepened her practice with Tantric Hatha Yoga. Tantra was a natural progression because it weaves together several methods and tools for transformation.
Marcelyn completed her initial teacher training at Moksha Yoga Center and has studied under many Master teachers. Profound influences are Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley), Viniyoga guru Gary Kraftsow, and Tantric teacher Rod Stryker, with whom she continues to train. She has also regularly assisted Chicago’s Iyengar expert Gabriel Halpern.
As a dedicated student of yoga, Marcelyn is deeply grateful for continued guidance from teacher Jim Bennitt, and for the wisdom of Shambhavi Chopra. A great source of inspiration to her is the natural world; from the northern woods and lakes of her Michigan homeland, to the Ganges river at the foothills of the Himalayas in India.
When teaching, Marcelyn may consider the weather, the time of day, seasonal traditions, the phase of the moon, and always the needs and abilities of her students.
She encourages self-awareness and acceptance on the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. She believes that yoga is a transformative process which must begin with awareness and allowing of what exists in the present moment; we need to be able to swallow in order to digest.
Through intelligent application of asana, pranayama, bhanda, kriya, mudra, mantra, and dharana, we can properly digest/process life’s experiences and impressions. Strength and flexibility increase on every level and what isn’t needed is let go, which allows the inner light to shine more brightly. With this illumination, conscious awareness expands, and so continues the magical cycle of transformation that is yoga.