Mary Harju, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, was initially drawn to practice yoga in the spring of 2001, initially because of the health benefits it offered, but eventually as a way of being gracefully present in her body. In 2013, she completed a 200-hour teacher training in hatha yoga and meditation at Raja Yoga, and in 2015 she completed a 300-hour teacher training in ayurvedic yoga at Yoga on Main. She taught her first hatha and vinyasa classes in 2013 and fell in love with teaching as a heart-opening practice and hasn't looked back — now she teaches yoga full-time! In 2017, she completed Yin Yoga teacher training levels 1 and 2 with Corina Benner at Wake Up Yoga and is constantly inspired and fascinated by teaching this soft, releasing practice. Mary also holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in painting and anatomy and works out of her Philadelphia studio.
Where can you be found in your free time?
My "day job" is teaching yoga, but I also spend a good deal of time working with drawings and paintings of the human body in my studio. In my free time, I love cooking Ayurvedic meals and researching ways to live more in balance with nature.
What causes do you support?
I'm involved with an outreach group called "Doing Our Part Eclecticlly" that helps the homeless and seniors — two very neglected populations here in Philadelphia.
Where was your most memorable travel destination?
Definitely the month I spent in Honolulu. The spirit of this place and its people is so peaceful and open—what an eye opener!