Marco Jo Clate

I’m from…

Originally, Syracuse, NY, but I lived most of my life in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn!

My education…

BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Energy Center
Yoga for Life Teacher Training 200 hour Certification

I love yoga because…

My yoga practice keeps me grounded and growing at the same time! I love the sense of community and connectedness that yoga practice cultivates!

My classes…

My Hatha yoga classes offer the opportunity for moments of stillness as well as creative flowing sequences. Weaving together elements of alignment, breath awareness and a mindful inner practice, my students cultivate grounding, strength and opening. I offer variations and props so that asana can be adjusted to benefit your body or level of experience. My intention is to create a creative, sacred environment in which each student may become more present and happy amidst the push and pull of our busy lives.

Prenatal class brings women together as they prepare their bodies and minds for the process of birth. We focus on asana and pranayama to relieve physical challenges of pregnancy. We practice mindfulness techniques to connect to the inner wisdom of motherhood. Through the use of modifications and props, we learn to adjust the practice to each trimester's unique needs.

Baby and me class focuses on strengthening and restoring the abdominal muscles, hips and pelvic floor, as well addressing the physical demands of new motherhood including breastfeeding and fatigue. My intention is to assist new mothers in creating a sense of balance and space for themselves in their new role, while enjoying the camaraderie of other new or more seasoned Mom's! We connect with our babies through poses, movement and massage, as well as the invaluable experience of observing their Mama's practicing with awareness!

When I’m not teaching…

I study Improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade, raise my sons, write plays, attempt gardening.

My favorite yoga pose

Ardha Chandrasa- I love the play between openness and stability, between grounded-ness and flight!

I'm inspired by …

Process, Parenthood, BKS Iyengar, Pema Chodron, John Stewart, Swami Satchitananda, Uta Hagen, Live Music, The Ocean, The Changing Seasons, Anyone who shows up and tries their best in earnest, and keeps showing up.

Marco Jo Clate instructs the following:
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Safe, relaxing, strengthening yoga for women at any stage of pregnancy. Prenatal yoga eases the aches and pains that accompany pregnancy, calms both mother and baby's nervous systems, and prepares the body to give birth. No previous yoga experience required. One of the only prenatal yoga classes in the Nyack, Piermont Rockland County area!

  • 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.

  • Warm Vinyasa - Level I/II
  • A vinyasa flow set to a heat of about 75°F – 80°F.
    Level I/II is for intermediate experience in the foundational poses and those looking for Level II variations of poses for optional challenge. Both options are given.
    Create inner heat. Release. Let go.