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Maggie Ryan


Maggie Ryan is a certified yoga instructor through Amazing Yoga. She is very passionate about yoga, and attempts to make the mindful practice her way of life. Maggie recently graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. When not on her mat, Maggie acts with various theatre companies in Pittsburgh, and is a member of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre. “The rhythm of life, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Iyengar


Q&A with Maggie:


SD: Who inspires you?


MR: My practice exists on a spectrum between the playful flow of Ashtanga and the clarity of Iyengar yoga. I am inspired by the teachings of Kathryn Budig, Chrissy Carter, and Pittsburgh’s Anna Gilbert Zupon.


SD: Tell us about your favorite yoga pose.


MR: My favorite yoga pose is Savasana, and not just for the obvious reasons! Sure, it’s nice to lie completely down after a challenging practice, but Savasana is so much more than a five minute nap. It is the culmination of the practice. Asana practice prepares you to be relatively still and quiet, and Savasana is just another way to press the reset button. It’s another way to clear some space before returning to the rest of your day.


SD: Off the mat, how do you practice yoga?


MR: Off the mat, I practice yoga by attempting to be mindful, compassionate and playful.


SD: Why do you teach yoga?


MR: I teach to share my love of this practice. I also teach because I’m constantly learning from my students.


SD: What advice would you give to someone who is new to yoga?


MR: We are all beginners in this practice. The best thing that you can cultivate in this practice is an open beginner’s mind. I like to keep the following steps in mind:

  1. 1. Take it one step at a time
  2. Some days you will take 2 steps forward and 3 steps back to where you started. This is natural.
  3. Be OK with falling.
  4. Have some fun and a few laughs along the way because in the end, it’s not the “destination” that matters…the journey is all we have.

Meet Maggie at her Upcoming Workshop
Meditation Workshop: The M Word
October 20, 2012