What Makes Yoga W/ Marca Unique?
Yoga W/ Marca is a well-balanced approach to accessible, adaptable yoga that rests on the fundamental belief that yoga is a modest pursuit that can and should be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age, gender, mobility, limitations, size and other characteristics that might preclude a person from starting and maintaining this life-transforming practice.
About The Body/Mind Connection
Yoga means 'union' and is the unification of the body and mind with the breath. It is also the union of the individual with the greater whole. Yoga is a cornerstone in leading a healthy lifestyle. In practicing yoga, one develops somatic-intelligence in which the positive by-products are many; decreased stress response, a fortified, healthy nervous-system, increased self-confidence, decreased inflammation, greater mobility, stability, flexibility and balance, and a reconnection with the self. If you commit to a regular yoga practice, yoga will optimize your life.
BODY - Physiological Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice
Decrease in cortisol levels, Likely increase in feel-good hormones: oxytocin & prolactin, Increased serotonin, Demonstrated improvement in memory, cognitive functioning, perceptual motor skills, & visual perception, Relaxes chronic muscle tension, Restores natural diaphragmatic breathing, Improves oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide elimination, Increases alpha and theta waves, Regulates hypothalamus at an optimal level, Certain techniques stimulate vagus nerve activity, Bioavailability of oxygen and glucose- building blocks for the production of neurotransmitters, Calms sympathetic nervous system while activating parasympathetic nervous system, Increase in GABA levels, Increase in Heart Rate Variability (HRV).
MIND - Psychological Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice
Elevation of mood, Balances left/right brain function, Cultivates equanimity in the face of life's challenges, Develops greater self-awareness, Symptoms of depression are lessened, Better management of bipolar disorder, Greater access to feelings, which is a complement to talk therapy, Release of repressed emotions stored in the body, Increased ability to self-regulate.
About Yoga W/ Marca Classes
Yoga W/ Marca is a dedicated yoga studio in Mount Horeb, WI USA that was started by Marca Hughes in 2008 as Bodhi Yoga, LLC. Classes are offered at all levels of instruction from Chair Yoga to Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced. Class passes accepted at all drop-in classes, with all teachers. Located in the lower level of 1505 Springdale St. Mount Horeb, WI 53572.
About Marca Hughes - Owner & Yoga Instructor
Marca Hughes started Bodhi Yoga LLC, now known as Yoga W/ Marca in 2008. She has been teaching and building a yoga community in the Mount Horeb and surrounding Madison area since 2005. She discovered yoga in the 90's while attending college and has continued to study yoga since. Her love of yoga has been largely influenced by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar although she draws inspiration from infinite sources. Marca knows yoga as a medium for cultivating inspiration by way of moving precious energy through the body. Each class offers carefully designed sequencing to explore the depths of the physical body in effort to still the mind. Her class offerings cater to all levels as her philosophy is one of inclusivity and encouragement. Each class has a common thread emphasizing breath, internal awareness, alignment, and grounding. She aims to guide each student back to their true nature. Marca offers classes that meet the student where they are. In addition to teaching group classes to the general public, Marca sees clients privately offering one-on-one individualized yoga instruction. She specializes in introducing beginners to yoga, fine-tuning and helping one advance their practice, modifying practice around injury/illness, and LifeForce Yoga-an evidence-based style of yoga instruction to help clients manage their moods and mitigate symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
About Jill Johnson - Yoga Instructor
Jill Johnson is a physical therapist and a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Junior Intermediate II level. She began her study of yoga in the 1980’s in Madison and then moved to N.H. in 1998 where she opened a studio in Lebanon, N.H. She continued her studies with Patricia Walden in Boston and Janice Vien in N.H. Jill has traveled to Pune, India six times to study with the Iyengar family and to assist in the medical classes. Recently, she returned to Madison to be closer to family and is looking forward to combining her physical therapy knowledge with yoga to conduct private yoga sessions and classes.
About Dar Vander Hoop - Yoga Instructor
I have taught yoga/movement for over 38 years, beginning at the University of Wisconsin where I earned a BS degree (with honors) in Psychology/Movement Therapy. Recently I am inspired by my teacher training which has taken me to Australia twice, New Jersey, New York City , Dubuque, Iowa and this fall Madison, Wisconsin. I train Yin and Mindfulness practice to people who want to deepen their Yin practice and offer it to specialty groups in their communities or in yoga studios. I have also be a workshop presenter at all the Bhakti Fests since 2012.
Always a student, I have logged thousands of hours under the original greats: Dharma Mittra, Swami Bua, Yogi Bhajan, Alan Finger, Bikram, Iyengar Institutes’ LA /NYC, Paul Grilley. I am most recently inspired by Saul David Raye, Ashley Turner, Rolf Gates, Theresa Murphy, Sarah Powers and Mark Whitwell.
A move to Los Angeles for acting/modeling found myself immersed in the Hollywood scene in the late 70’s, running between acting jobs, and hob-knobbing with the glitterati of the era, inevitably arriving onto the carpet (no mats invented yet) in the steamy 105 degree room at “Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class." From that moment on yoga became the path. I have taught Bikram Yoga for 38 years.
Currently Senior Teacher (12 years) at Inner Fire Yoga, Madison, WI., I travel nationally and internationally presenting Bikram, Vinyasa, Teacher Trainings, Yin Aroma, and Chakra workshops. I have taught over 9,000 yoga classes! My company YogaLove LLC has a scent collection called GoodScents which are scenti-licious aerosols and foot rubs used in my workshops and classes. Dar has recently registered as a certified continuing education teacher with yoga alliance and has been upgraded to a 200 E-RYT.
About Meg Abene Newlin - Yoga Instructor
Meg is a longtime yoga practitioner and teacher. She has studied extensively in many traditions including Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga and Bikram yogas. Her approach to teaching is steeped in a deep understanding of alignment with a healthy dose of humor and realism. Meg loves to integrate inspiration from daily living and home life into her practice and teaching and vice versa. Home, family, nature and the mundane day to day are where she draws most of her inspiration as well as regular study with friends and teachers.