When you walk into our little slice of heaven you’ll notice and feel that it’s not like any other. The simple clean decor, the little sparkles of light in this warm, welcoming, open space are all due to the vision of MANTRA and the dream of Marlena to bring it to life.
Marlena is the founder and owner of Mantra Yoga but she’ll tell you that MANTRA Yoga can’t be owned, it’s a community first and foremost “and you can’t own that”. She has been inspired by her teachers for over a decade and has become ever more inspired by the students in her classes daily to make MANTRA Yoga the yogi home to all who seek it.
Marlena is a certified teacher in both PranaVayu and Yin yoga, with over 1000 hrs of teaching experience and ten plus years of personal practice she draw’s from. Her classes are challenging & meditative while remaining focused on breath & alignment. She’s not one to rush things and firmly believes that you won’t benefit from yoga until you settle in and experience it. No stuffiness allowed in her class. She encourages a playful approach and lots of laughter in her classes.
Marlena’s Mantra: Don’t take it too seriously. Play, have fun with it, that’s yoga.
When I began taking Marlena’s classes just under a year ago, I noticed the quality of my practice changed. It became more mindful and focused. Marlena is an incredible yoga teacher. She has a very calming way about her and taking her classes is now an integral part of my practice. She makes adjustments kindly and accurately, while communicating with her students in a way that’s engaging and fun. I feel lucky to have found such a talented and generous teacher.
Stepping into a class with Marlena is both challenging and relaxing. Her classes are a fantastic workout and her charm is like no other. She is witty, silly, but ultimately there to guide you through an experience that is never the same twice. As her student, I rely on her expertise, and it is through this that I have been able to grow in my practice.
I have been practicing for over 10 years, therefore I know that Marlena is an outstanding yoga instructor; she is one of the very best, if not THE best!!!!! I happily drive fifty minutes each way to her Pranavayu class on Saturday’s because the benefits of her class are worth every mile.
Three years in and my practice had hit a wall. I started frequenting Marlena’s classes because I like her music, but soon I was hooked on her yoga style. Very slowly and subtly I found myself being pushed to the next level and getting into poses that I never thought were possible. Marlena’s classes are enthusiastic, fun and informative… perfect for yogi’s of all levels!
A yoga class taken with Marlena is a treat for the Mind, Body & Soul. Not only is it one of the best workouts I have ever experienced, it is one I truly look forward to. I have been fortunate to be able to take many classes with Marlena over the past year, sometimes three times a week. Her music choice during class is wonderful. It’s an eclectic mix of funk, pop and monk like sounds. Marlena is a challenging teacher for experienced yogi’s and helpful and kind in her instruction for those that are new to yoga. She has a great way of changing up every class, so it’s never boring or expected, yet being routined enough that you’re confident in your practice. Never before have I liked working out, simply doing it for the physical benefits, now I crave yoga and working out is fun, exciting and becoming part of who I am. Much thanks to Marlena for sharing her gifts.