Featured Teacher: Mary Ellen Bibyk

Why do you teach?
My goal in teaching is to help people live a more easeful, healthy life.

What style do you teach?
Hatha/Vinyasa -with an eye toward improving strength, balance and flexibility.

What style influences your teaching?
No one style influences my teaching.  Currently, the biggest influences are my personal practice and the people who attend my classes.

Why do you practice?
To remain strong: physically, emotionally, spiritually.

Favorite yoga pose?
I favor the combination of poses and warmups. I find a way to make each pose, each warmup compliment and support the others.

 

Inspirations?
My children, the people who attend my classes, the patients and families I’ve had the privilege to serve.

 

 

What books are you reading right now?
I admire Dan Silva’s writing style. I’ve read several of his books out of order. I’m currently rereading them in order.
I’m also rereading E. Tolle’s, A New Earth and L. Truss’, Eats Shoots & Leaves. My grammar teacher would be appalled by my wanton misuse of punctuation.

What did you want to be when you were little?
A nurse. I read every book I could find on Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale. They were terribly romanticised biographies, but served to inspire me nonetheless.

What’s your favorite food?
My Hungarian grandmother’s recipes. I love to adapt and create new recipes; I’m working on making healthier versions of her delightful dishes.

Your favorite item of clothing?
Given the current season, scarves. I can knit one up on a whim, thanks to my generous yarn stash.

What is you favorite TV show?
Maybe LOST, until the writers got -- lost. The characters were wonderfully fun.
Firefly/Serenity
are entertaining distractions and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, which I initially discovered on-line during the writers strike.

Favorite quote?

“I know it’s hard to be reconciled
not everything is exactly the way it ought to be
but please turn around and step into the future
leave memories behind
enter the land of hope”
-- Zhigniew Herbert

What’s on your playlist right now?
One Republic -- really, anything that Ryan Tedder has had a hand in.

Do you own any animals?
One mutt, a rescue. She is intelligent and playful, with a dash of crazy.

We recently lost our beloved cat to cancer. She was a gentle, loving soul and a wonderful snuggle buddy. I miss her very much.

 

 What’s your nickname?
My very best childhood friend called me ‘Ellie Mae’. She and her lovely family lit up my life during some dark times.

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
I would simply use my initials ‘M.E.‘, pronounced ‘Emmy’.
‘Mary Ellen’ is such a cumbersome mouthful.

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