Find Your Flow With Maria Macsay
What was your first time like?
My first time felt like it had been long overdo and so super liberating.
I mean, erm, what was your first time like in a yoga class?
I was talking about yoga! No but really, as a dance major at the time, finding yoga felt like the very thing my body had been craving. Not only was it the perfect type of cross training for me at that time, but the mental benefits helped me tremendously through some of the most stressful years of college. I loved the challenge of the classes I took (Power Flow), it reminded me of my background in gymnastics and still called upon my dance training to remain graceful and fluid throughout the strong sequences of each class.
Sounds challenging! Why did you keep coming back?
While I got hooked because of the physical practice, I very soon began to go for the meditative aspect. At the time I couldn't get myself to sit and meditate, but I knew that I would get all the benefits of being present to the moment and my breath if I got my ass in a yoga class. Soon after this I became more interested in the benefits of each posture and then the science of yoga, then the philosophy of it, and long story short, that led me to my yoga teacher training in 2015.
What's your teaching mantra?
It's pretty simple: "I am here to be of service." It leaves my personality and it's mental games out of the equation, so I don't get caught up in the "am I doing a good job?", "do they like the sequence/me?", which then allows me to show up to guide the people who are in the room taking into consideration their background, body type, injuries, and needs/desires.
What are your words to live by?
"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." - Rumi
Biggest recommendation for someone new to 305 flow walking in for the first time?
I've got a few things! If you can breathe, you can do yoga, that's where it starts. It's not about being an Instagram yogi, if I looked to that for permission, I wouldn't be practicing yoga either, so thank goodness Insta wasn't a thing when I got started. We are all working on something, even the person who's been coming for 10 years is working on something, that's why it's called a practice, not a perfect. Have fun, do what you can, and be patient with yourself.