When I experienced my first Juice Fast over 10 years ago, with the amazing, Alison Shore Gaines at Kripalu Center, it was one of the most powerful yogic experiences of my life which, just like the birth of my children, changed how I lived in this world forever. I knew I would make this practice a regular part of my ongoing studies and practice of yoga, and continued to return to cleansing annually or bi-annually as way to return to myself and connect more consciously to the world around me. With young children at home and very busy life in New York City, I found that doing an annual cleanse on my own was, while possible, not even close to the benefits I received from going away on retreat to do my purification practices. I found that getting away from not only the habitual ways of food and eating but even more importantly, the habitual sounds, language, and demands of children and life caring for a family -and getting the support of Alison and her team, was a huge part of what I needed to restore myself. I realized that it was the group support and the separation from my habitual environment that really brought me the spaciousness and clarity and self knowing possible.
Finding a retreat that brought me the safety and the comfort I wanted for myself during a cleanse was a challenge, so I created American Yogini to share and make accessible this incredible practice in a beautiful, modern and pure environment.
It is my intention to provide "space to become spacious" in an atmosphere of safety, beauty, and comfort where this simple act of "non-doing" can be practiced and enjoyed by anyone.
Life long dancer, yogini and the gracious host of American Yogini, Mary McGuire, has been creating workshops and retreats as a way to teach yoga in a whole new way, by taking it "off the mat" and into the kitchens, homes, adventures and even the world of artists around the world. She teaches and promotes a lifestyle of acknowledgment and connection to all we take in to ourselves and all we send out from ourselves: food, cosmetics, music, movement, information and art. In 2004 and 2005, she wrote a weekly holistic living column for am NewYork; a newspaper published by Tribune that reached 470,000 readers daily. Mary is the author of The First Seven Days, a Dancers Retelling: a gift book and CD set for dancers and yogini's of all ages that integrates yoga philosophy with movement and the creation story.
Mary's formal certifications include Yoga TT (both Kundalini and Vinyassa), Kripalu Danskinetics (with Megha and Ken Scott Nateshvar) and Pilates (with the Romana Krysinowska). She has over 2,000 hours of teacher training and 9 years of teaching experience.