I am Mara Carrico and if you are on this page that means that you would like to know more about me and how Yoga Lady® may be of help to you on your journey. I am thrilled to have this platform where I can share my life’s work and support others. Good fortune has blessed me with many mentors and teachers who have taught and guided me – generously and patiently. I also wish to serve in these roles, helping others via my creativity, skills, and experience.
A few facts:
I am a yoga teacher with a background in dance and movement therapy. I am the author of Yoga Journal’s Yoga Basics and the American Council on Exercise Fitness Yoga. I have worked at both Rancho La Puerta and The Golden Door. Jane Fonda hired me to create her first yoga video.
My roots and interests:
I’m from Montana, born in Great Falls. I grew up in the Los Angeles area and Encinitas has been my home since 1990. I’m a California girl at heart who loves wide open spaces and cherishes her cowboy boots. My tastes are eclectic, from rock ‘n roll to opera and ballet to belly dancing.
I became interested in metaphysics and Eastern philosophy in junior high. I took my first yoga class when I was 18 and felt as though I had “come home.” Although dance will always remain my first love, my personal yoga practice keeps me grounded.
I had polio as a child which affected me both physically and emotionally. Dance became the therapy for my body; yoga provided solace for my mind and spirit. I am grateful for all experiences, both joyful and painful, that have brought me to where I am today.
My life’s purpose:
When I was 12 my ballet teacher took maternity leave and asked me to take over her studio for a month. And so my teaching career was born! Teaching dance segued into teaching yoga. I have done other jobs — some wild and wacky – but it seems that I have always been brought back to the role of teacher. “We teach what we need to learn” seems to hold true for me.
Putting it all together:
Yoga Lady® provides a way to channel my interests in yoga, dance and art. It is my sincere desire that you will return often, joining me on my path of self-discovery and fulfillment.
For more information on my background, experiences, and projects, please visit my blog.