Maureen has been a yoga practitioner since her early years. Her yoga journey began with her Grandmother who taught her yoga at the age of 10. She first learned sun salutations and shoulder stand as well as how to meditate. Maureen found that meditation helped to relieve childhood anxiety issues and helped her to sleep.
Maureen continued to explore yoga, dabbling in various styles and practices in her teens and early adult life. In her 30’s, Maureen turned toward a more spiritual practice with transcendental meditation. By her 40’s, she was facilitating a Buddhist meditation group with friends at the UU Church here in Plattsburgh, NY.
As her life continued to evolve she found that as she neared 50 her metabolism changed. It became necessary for her to turn to a more physical practice again. However, the gym and playing sports did not appeal to her, so she turned her focus back to yoga. No matter the types and styles she tried, nothing seemed like it would stick for her and be something she could incorporate daily into her life. Until she found Kundalini Yoga! She has been an avid practitioner ever since. Finding it to be a perfect balance between the physical practice her body needs, the spiritual practice that her spirit craves, and the meditation practice that she has enjoyed since she was 10.
Maureen recently graduated from the 200 hr. Yoga Alliance program at Trinity Yoga taught by Ravi Singh & Ana Brett. Four years after discovering Kundalini Yoga, she is excited to be a teacher of this amazing technology and share its myriad of benefits with others.
Maureen Marcellus instructs the following:
In Kundalini Yoga, Sadhana means devotional practice. Morning is the best time to practice as it sets the tone for the rest of your day. It lifts you up, and in turn, will lift everyone else around you that you encounter throughout your day. It will help you be less stressed at work, at home, or wherever your day takes you. This practice is a one hour Kundalini Yoga practice designed to get your blood flowing, your energy moving, and brighten your aura. When done in a group setting, the effects are magnified!
This practice consists of asana (physical exercises), mantra (words of power), mudra (hand positions), meditation, and relaxation.
Beginner/Gentle Kripalu Yoga
Yoga works on the muscular-skeletal systems as well as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, immune and nervous systems. The regular practice of yoga has been shown to produce physical benefits including reduced anxiety, stress and blood pressure levels, and increased relaxation, flexibility, strength, endurance, and energy levels.
The practice of Kripalu Yoga, which uses the body as a vehicle for accessing spirit, can have a profound effect on the mind and emotions as well as the physical body. As mental disturbances are dissolved, tremendous amounts of prana (subtle life force energy) are released to affect healing. A practice of this depth offers far greater possibilities than could be expected from an isolated physical discipline.
If you're looking to begin a yoga practice, this is a great place to start. This is a gentle class allowing you to learn the basic postures, breath techniques, and methodology of yoga. It will build your confidence and allow you to nurture yourself and grow. This is a gentle class for all levels of abilities. It's also a great way to learn more about Kripalu Yoga if you are new to this style of yoga.
Yoga for Athletes & Active Lifestyles
This class is designed to help athletes and those that lead active lifestyles to develop greater strength, flexibility and mental focus. We will focus on the areas most overused and prone to injury for athletic bodies. Hips, hamstrings, calves and feet will get special attention, though the practice will engage the whole body. Come to class expecting a sequence of asana to build core strength, balance and flexibility, as well as pranayamas to improve focus and de-stress.
Even though this class will target issues that an athletic body faces specifically, it's still a well rounded class that anyone can attend whether an athlete or not.
All levels are welcome!
Slow Flow Vinyasa
In this class you will flow from one physical posture to the next using the breath as your guide and anchor (Vinyasa). This connection between movement and breath allows your practice to become a moving meditation. At times, stillness is found in order to fully settle into a physical posture. Some yoga experience is recommended. However, beginners are welcome. Modifications (the use of props and stages to poses) are incorporated in order for students to work at all levels of ability. A warm, safe, and fun environment is held throughout class. You will leave feeling relaxed, balanced, and renewed!