Featured Teacher: Mary Sinclair

Why do you practice?
I have to! I had woeful posture my whole life so I started experiencing pain early on, especially when I began doing massage therapy. I was all bunched up so yoga began to open me up and greatly helped me develop body awareness. Now it’s just a lifestyle choice.

Why do you teach?
Because I see the need! So many people have pain, some admit it and some don’t. I am not only motivated by pain but by aesthetics. I love beauty, especially natural beauty…especially the beauty of someone who is relaxed in themselves. It is a compelling quality! The human body is often presented in magazines, especially fashion mags in a very distorted, unnatural and rather grotesque way. This is not how we really look. I find it appalling and it has an impact on us, we unconsciously immitate it unless we are aware and make another choice.

Inspirations?
Well, the partners at Yoga on High have all been wonderful mentors and leaders to me for the past 11 years! And Jean Couch, one of my favorite teachers of all time. Jean dealt with a lot of difficult class time with her teachers to develop the lessons I learned from her. My Dad was a great teacher and my Mom is great with people. My parents always encouraged us to follow our own path. My siblings do their own thing as well.They all have been great influences on me. And my dear husband who is great with people and a real pro at his work in sales and marketing!

Who have you trained with?
Well, early on and locally it was Racquel Graham who most inspired my path with Iyengar yoga. That led me to come to work with Linda, Marcia and Martha. Once I got on with Yoga on High a whole world of wonderful teachers was opened up to me!! I think the first year of yoga on high was a whirlwind of study. I loved working with Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Barbara Benagh and Mary Paffard, Angela and Viktor, and of course my beloved Jean Couch! Also with Noelle Perez in Paris and her teachers at the Balance center in Palo Alto. I studied prenatal yoga in Seattle with Colette Crawford and in NYC with Mary Barnes. More recently I love Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine for meditation and I also really enjoyed the workshop I did a couple of years ago with Richard Miller and yoga nidra.

What style do you teach?
Balance/Aplomb and Prenatal- Iyengar influenced

What’s your favorite food?
I tend to crave Spanish and Mexican flavors. I think for a whole food it’s hard to beat the Avocado!
Do you own any animals?YES!!! I have a 7 year old Chihuahua, a 22 year old cat, a 7 year old cat and a 2 year old cat.

What’s on your playlist right now?
No playlist. But on satellite radio I tend to have it on 40’s on 4, Chill and NPR.

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
A block!

Favorite yoga pose?
Savasana!

Favorite quote?
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve imagined! Thoreau

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
The Carol Burnett Show

Your favorite item of clothing?
Currently my Lucky jeans make me pretty happy!

What did you want to be when you were little?
a Vet.

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
a LION!!

What word describes you best?
Playful

What drives you every day?
Growth, transformation, evolution

Who do you admire?
Anyone who is willing to look at themselves and learn and grow.

What is your mission?
To help people slow down to both know themselves and their own best rhythm.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
Accept me

Fun fact about you?
I can do a killer mouth trumpet!

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