mara grayson, E-RYT 200, RPYT

As a yoga instructor, writer, and composition professor, my yoga practice and instruction are influenced by my passion for the creative process and the way in which individual elements fit together to form a whole greater than the sum of those parts. 

Off my mat, I am an Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Given my work in academia, I can get a little stuck in my own head! My yoga practice has helped me learned to honor my body, listen to my intuition, and be present. Of course, as a teacher, I want to share with others the gift of yoga. 

Whether in the yoga studio or the college classroom, I strive to foster an inclusive environment where each student can enjoy both the support of the community and the room to safely deepen his or her individual practice. 

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I am a nationally registered yoga and prenatal yoga instructor. I completed 200-hour certification at ISHTA Yoga with Yogirajas Alan Finger and Sarah Platt-Finger and senior yoga teachers Cassandra Ferland and Kelly Eudailey. I studied prenatal yoga with master teachers Gina Menza and Jennifer Langbehn at Anandamama and hold 85-hour certification in prenatal and postnatal yoga. I am also certified in restorative yoga and have trained in Yin Yoga with Yogiraj Ulrica Norberg and yoga nidra with Yogiraj Mona Anand.


Mara Grayson

Private Instruction:

Private yoga classes are tailored to the individual student's body, goals, and experience. I work with students at all levels and of various body types and concerns. I am inspired by the Tantric-influenced ISHTA lineage and emphasize the integration of physical movement with breathing, meditation, and yogic philosophy to help students improve not only their asana practice but also their peace of mind.

Group Classes: 

My group classes encourage a holistic practice that includes linking of breath and movement, attention to individual alignment, and pranayama and meditation to restore and rejuvenate the mind and body. 


I have a special interesting in providing expectant and new moms the time and space to practice self-care on their mats. While prenatal classes I teach are adapted to the needs of the students, expectant mothers can generally look forward to gentle vinyasa to improve circulation; longer holds to build strength; labor conditioning poses; and ample time for restorative poses.

  • "Mara has a great personality and is very attentive. Each session is different so we can focus on what I need to get out of my practice that day." - Jason, Private Client

  • "Mara is encouraging. She makes sure to show me different ways to modify poses for my body. I'm always surprised by how calm I feel after our class." - Melissa, Private Client

  • "Mara is wonderful! Blend of stretching and meditation on point!" - ClassPass Reviewer

  • "Great peaceful, meditative vibe. I am new to yoga and I still felt comfortable. Good focus on alignment and breathing." - ClassPass Reviewer

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