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Email: mary@5koshasyoga.com

“The transformational and healing potential of yoga…that’s what awakened my passion for teaching and continues to inspire me in my personal practice, teaching and individualized Yoga Therapy and in training aspiring yoga teachers.  My goal is to help each student apply the tools of yoga in ways that are applicable to their daily life, health and personal development.  The ancients have given us time-tested tools that are relevant today.”



Mary’s intention is to meet you where you are and to help you move and change from that starting point. “This practice is about finding the tools and practices that help you based on your interests, health or age. Let’s find what works for you.”

Mary guides attention and awareness so that students come to a deeper understanding of their own body, breath and mind. “A good teacher should help you gain greater self-sufficiency and understanding with simple tools.” She observes students during practice and adapts the practice as needed for safety and effectiveness.  Her teaching is infused with reminders about and perspectives on the breath.

 “The breath is the key to the work that we do. It’s the bridge between the body and the mind and once that connection is strengthened through practice, our structure, physiology and mind transform in subtle and profound ways. If you are coming to class to make your body feel better, you’ll leave with many additional tools.”

Mary enjoys bringing the full range of yoga teachings into her classes with a gentle and playful nature. She teaches people of all ages, interests, and abilities. Her love of family, friends, hiking, biking, paddling, gardening, cooking, nature, reading and travel informs her approach to teaching and life.



  • Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Over 3800 hours yoga teaching experience, 16 years as a teacher of yoga
  • Practitioner of yoga for 25 years
  • Certified Viniyoga Therapist – 500 hour program – Studied with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute, 2008-09
  • Certified Viniyoga Teacher – 500 hour level – Studied with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute, 2006-07
  • Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher – 200 hour Level – Studied with Elizabeth (Chandler) Patric, 2002
  • Registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and a Yoga Teacher Training School at the 200 hour level
  • WI Educational Approval Board Approved School – 200 hr (River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School)
  • Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Past State President, Wisconsin Dietetics Association
  • Certified Dietitian with the State of Wisconsin

Relevant Work History

  • Various positions with the American Viniyoga Institute including training coordination, faculty and project coordination with the 200 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training (2012, 2014, 2016), Foundation for Yoga Therapy (2011), Viniyoga Therapist Training (2012, 2014, 2016 programs)
  • 30 year career in public health, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention, working in private practice and local and state public health agencies, most recently with the UW-Comprehensive Cancer Center and as a consultant to Marathon County Health Department


  • General & Therapeutic classes – In-person and Online
  • Workshops, Retreats, Mini-Retreats – In-person and Online
  • Worksite & Other Special Yoga Events – In-person and Online
  • 200 hr. Yoga teacher training (for RYT 200) with the River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School
  • 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (for RYT 500) with the River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School
  • Private Yoga Instruction, Personal Yoga Classes or Individualized Yoga Therapy – In-person or Onlne
  • General Yoga and Yoga Therapy group class series program development for worksites and studios
  • Mentoring and programs for professional development of yoga teachers and Yoga Therapists


  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Wausau, WI
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  • 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Wausau, WI
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  • What they say...

    “When I think about Mary I realize how she impacts my whole “being”.  She has helped me deal with physical challenges like arthritis and osteoporosis.  

    The breathing practices I’ve learned from her have been essential to hold onto my equilibrium in times of acute stress.

    She treats everyone like they’re unique and special. Being around Mary is good for my spirit.  She gives off a calmness and a light heartedness at the same time.”  -Anne J.

    “For the past three years I have attended therapeutic yoga classes with Mary and it has been an amazing and very beneficial experience.  

    Mary brings a wonderful spirit of optimism and joy to each class. She leads us through the poses with just the right words, not too many, not too few. Her instructions are easy to follow.

    She works continuously to develop her own yoga and teaching skills and brings those to her students.  After my yoga session with Mary, I always feel like I have had a massage.

    She gives us practices to do at home. It has been easy to incorporate breathing and body movements in everyday life.”  -V.K.