I am here to support you in your practice of embracing and celebrating the amazing and powerful human you are!
Hi! I’m Mariah, owner and founder of Yoga By Water, a yoga, reiki and secondary language arts teacher, and an international wilderness guide.
I grew up in a family that practiced and embraced yoga, but it wasn’t till I was 25 and noticing the early onset of chronic pain, largely associated with significant sports related injuries and overuse, that I began my personal yoga practice in earnest. A few years later, I began a fourteen month Hatha yoga teacher training under Anna Pittman. I have since studied with multiple yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Feldenkrais organizations and individuals including the Kripalu Yoga School, The Reiki Healing Connection, and Warriors at Ease.
Yoga’s influence on my life and body have demonstrated to me how valuable it is to hold a daily practice that incorporates physical, mental, and spiritual strength and conditioning. And water’s influence on my life touches every facet of who I am and who I strive to become.
Why Yoga and Water?
In 2016, I founded Yoga By Water to put a name to the way the language of water guides my personal yoga practice, and also to fuse together wilderness river trips with mindfulness retreats. Because rivers and water have largely guided my life and personal development, it is fitting that rivers and water guide my yoga practice and personal ethos.
River trips and wilderness retreats lend themselves as a logical avenue to pursue one’s yoga journey. There is ample opportunity to examine our personal practice through the lens that water provides. Water is the strongest force on the planet and yet it has soft even nurturing qualities. Water can generate danger and chaos, and yet it follows patterns and honors natural laws that govern its flow along the path of least resistance. It can be exciting, exhilarating, and thrilling, and also it can be still and calm. Water takes the shape of its container and also it wears away mountains one grain at a time.
As a human embryo develops, it is suspended in water for nine months, and yet, many of us struggle to return to that suspension and surrender. During my retreats, I seek to facilitate each student’s personal and environmental exploration through the practice of yoga and the language of water.
I would love to tell you more about upcoming yoga retreats, studio classes, and private instruction opportunities.