Maria Novak

As a little girl, I gained a strong reverence for yoga, practicing/playing on the floor with my mom, watching “Lilias, Yoga & You” on PBS in the early 1970’s. Later, as a lifelong headache sufferer and intense over-achiever stuck in an unsatisfying corporate career, I reached a crisis point at 30: I was out of touch with my body, my soul…my entire being. With help, I propelled myself out of the IT field to become a massage therapist; I discovered the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, where I learned meditation and simple yoga moves that put my out-of-control emotions back into my own hands; and I randomly found bhakti music and began singing and chanting mantras. Stress-free moments became attainable on a daily basis – a miracle! Finally, in my 40’s, my search for tolerable exercise brought me to Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, and eventually Vinyasa (flow) Yoga. My amazing discovery was this: not only was yoga practice helping my body, but I could almost completely let go of my over-active mind while I was on the mat. In 2016, I completed my RYT-200 training at Perennial Yoga & Meditation. The classes I love to share are on the gentle side, appropriate for beginners and intermediate yogis, and full of grounding and nurturing. I have a deliberate and intentional teaching style, but still maintain plenty of fun-loving, grateful, musical, compassionate, not-too-serious attitude in my classes.


Maria Novak instructs the following:
  • BREATHE & FLOW: GENTLE
  • A class that incorporates creative vinyasa sequencing (breath-inspired movement), attention to alignment, breath awareness, meditation and chanting to build strength, increase flexibility, calm the mind and open the heart. 
     
    For students newer to yoga or who prefer a slower paced practice.