Mariska Cowie Yoga
Me and my two children (2018)
My name is Mariska, I used to feel nervous, awkward and uncomfortable to the point that I was continuously thinking about how others might judge me. It affected my whole being. Practicing yoga has gradually helped to calm me in that state and relax my nerves. I began practicing at 19 years old when I was battling with an eating disorder. I was seeking the beauty of flexibility because it was something I was already good at and I was completely obsessed with my body. I went to my first class and thought the focus on breathing was boring, because I didn’t know how to be myself or feel who I am. I gradually discovered the transformative power it had on my mental state.
I met a yoga teacher who told me that her yoga teacher training changed her life, so I had to do one! I moved to Nelson, BC, Canada with my boyfriend (now husband) and we both completed a 200 hour Teacher Training in 2010. It was the beginning of a lifelong journey. I was asked to teach at the studio we trained but I never thought I was good enough. I agreed to try anyway, and I fell in love with teaching yoga like I did with practicing yoga. The focus on the breath and movement together is just never boring. The inspiration is endless, like the array of recipes out there. I feel that old wounds and disorders I’ve suffered through have been processed and digested through this type of practice. I have learned that I deserve to be loved and feel respect for myself.
I see my practice as a slow medicine, a therapy, and a form of self-care. Yoga works like a clearing of the fog in the unconscious or dark places of the body and mind. By changing movement patterns and habits in the body, you can deeply alter your perspective and work through personal issues lying under the surface, whether that is sifting through day to day stresses or dealing with bigger emotions.
My style of teaching is to produce an uplifting, energising and clear sense of the body/mind connection so that we can feel joyful and refreshed instead of slumped or burdened by life. I live in the Adelaide Hills with my husband and two children. I have been teaching yoga since 2011. I have completed my teacher training (2010), an advanced vinyasa training (2018), and a yoga anatomy training (2020). I am always involved in online content and short trainings to further my education as a teacher. I am passionately obsessed with this discipline and love sharing it.
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