Mara is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She moved to Las Vegas from the Philippines more than a decade ago. She performed as a singer in a band for years, travelling around Las Vegas and California. Her brush experience with Yoga started back in the early 2000s, from a book. Years later, needing a lifestyle change from weighing almost 450 lbs at her biggest, she rediscovered Yoga, utilizing it as a tool for mindful awareness and self discipline. Having a background of studying in the medical field, and influenced by her trainings at YogaWorks, her approach to the practice evolved over the years, where she incorporates the principles of Iyengar in Ashtanga and both methods in Vinyasa Flow. She believes that combining these strong schools of Yoga has both healing and strength building properties that makes Ashtanga more accessible to all levels of Yoga Practitioners, recognizing the individuality of ones bone structure and ones movement of their anatomy. Besides teaching an alignment based flow class, her expertise is teaching a blend of Power Restorative and Yin.