Maria Kirsch

 
Studio Manager of The Yoga House


I’m from…

Rockland County, New York


My education…

A Yogi’s Life 300-Hour Teacher Training with Michael Penque - The Yoga House Certified in CranioSacral Therapy Certified Reiki Practitioner  

 

I love yoga because…

Yoga allows the individual to fully connect all three aspects of our being; mind, body and spirit. Working with the body to reach the mind and flow through spirit allows us all to focus inward and reach states of higher love, compassion, wisdom and understanding through our thoughts, our actions and our hearts. Higher wisdom and understanding allow for change and healing in all aspects of life.


My classes…

Are a journey through self, both physically and spiritually. Working with the body and the breath through the asanas to create a mentally meditative and emotionally healing space. I hope to create a lasting yogic experience that continues on outside of the studio, into the world, and into the student’s heart.


When I’m not teaching…

I am finding nature some way somehow. Whether it’s a few short minutes in the sun, a hike or a bike ride through the mountain, nature brings me a full sense of connectedness. Spending time with family and friends, reading, meditating, and of course, practicing asana.


My favorite yoga pose…

Tadasana. It’s an interesting pose for me, because even such a basic pose, a stance, can be difficult for my body and needs constant adjustment. To stand firm, tall and grounded, I need to be truly connected and aware of so many parts of my body all at once. When I do connect and settle in, I find such grounding and go into a meditative space with a sense of safety and security, as if I could never be knocked down!


I'm inspired by…

Life…the universe…the mind…the body…the heart…and how beautifully connected all things are.
I’m inspired by my many teachers, people closest to me and people farthest away. I’m inspired by the human capacity for love and understanding and complete and utter joy and laughter!



Maria Kirsch instructs the following:
  • Level I/II
  • Level I/II is for beginners with some basic experience, those with some experience in the foundational poses and those looking for a less intense practice. Level 2 variations of poses will present more challenge. Both options are given.

  • Gentle/Restorative Yoga
  • Gentle/Restorative yoga classes are typically of a more slow-paced, supportive and nurturing nature. Holding poses for longer breaths and serving to a variety of needs, including; disabilities, stiffness from lack of physical activity, injuries, beginner practitioners, etc. For all levels, advanced practitioners welcome for a more restorative practice.
     

  • Open Level
  • Suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced. Modifications and variations will be given for poses.
    Explore linking the movement to the breath in this open level vinyasa class.

  • Beginner/Level I
  • An introduction to foundational poses and breathing techniques.  Great for someone just starting out or for the seasoned practitioner who wants to revisit the basics.