The Beauty of Pranayama
In the mid 1980’s, Mary Watson lived for 3 years at the Sivananda Yoga Centre/Ashram in Henderson, Auckland; over 34+ years later, she is still teaching and practicing yoga and pranayama, from the old tradition of unifying body, mind and breath into one practice and continues to increase her knowledge base with regular trips to bona fide yoga schools and yoga exponents in India. Some 24+ years ago, as the first yoga teacher in NZ to teach yoga at a Gym (Contours Wellington) and for the past 17 years at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, she continues to teach and share the heart of yoga at a community level. Mary’s passion for yoga, and in particular pranayama, emerged during her sojourn at the ashram, is also expressed in other areas of her life including shiatsu and singing.
Her natural teaching style encourages a deeper connection of the link between body, mind and breath, and awareness of asana being the vehicle of yoga and pranayama. Her ability to use simple metaphors to facilitate this connection, and her innate understanding of the science of yoga, helps aspiring yogins internalise and personalise their practice.