marie phillips, yoga instructor at love in motion in buffalo, ny & costa rica

A competitive athlete from a young age, Marie spent her childhood swimming and rowing, and grew those skills to become a nationally competitive elite level snowboarder. Through her athletic experiences, she found herself drawn to a major in Health Care Studies with a focus on strength, conditioning and wellness. This path pulled her to start exploring the more subtle movement of yoga, and she eventually got trained to teach Baptiste Yoga, followed by an advanced 300-hour training at Green Monkey Yoga in Vinyasa yoga (E-RYT 200 hr & RYT 500 hr). In addition to her vast asana knowledge, Marie's no stranger to movement and self care - she's a NASM certified personal trainer and certified in Reiki Healing Levels I & II, along with her most recent adventure, a certified Stand Up Paddle Yoga Teacher.

In 2014, she started SUP Yoga Buffalo, bringing her passion for yoga and boards together. She splits her time teaching yoga and SUP yoga here in the Buff, and leading retreats and classes at her home-away-from-home, the RipJack Inn in Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. She uses yoga and SUP yoga as her outlets to get connected and give back to the world with an annual fundraiser called SUP for Pups. (When she's not on the mat or on a board, you can find her snuggled up with her adorable Pomeranian Sophia.) Marie brings a chill, good-vibes-only approach to her practice and her teaching, and you can expect her classes to move you, ground you and give you a whole lotta space to breathe.

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