Maria Garre | Banyan Botanicals

Maria Garre

Constitution: Pitta-Vata
Currently Resides: ABQ, NM
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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A sought after teacher, educator and innovator in the field of yoga + ayurveda, Maria delivers practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She brings together over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, yoga and ayurveda to not only train yoga and ayurvedic practitioners world-wide, but to also lead workshops and rejuvenating retreats. She is the founder and director of the The New Mexico School of Yoga, pioneering educational programming in yoga, Ayurveda, and the vedic sciences. Devoting more then 10 years of study with her root teachers Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea, Maria has created transformational programs through her Live in Balance courses and wellness consultations.

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Current Media & Publications

Ayuryoga: Energy & Balance For All Video Series
Ayuryoga: VPK Basics Booklet
“To Live in Balance is the One Practice for Life” - MANTRA Magazine

How were you introduced to Ayurveda?

I was introduced to Ayurveda in Yoga Teacher Training in 2002 through Samudra School of Living Yoga.

How has Ayurveda changed your life?

It has transformed everything about my life.  But, specifically how to live in rhythm instead of against it and how to be more patient and understanding.  Ayurveda taught me to listen and understand myself  and how everything we do is the product of cause and effect.

Which Banyan product(s) are your currently using and why?

Now that is the Winter Season and I travel a lot,  I am loving my Hingvastak churna, Ashwagandha/Bala oil for Abhyanga and Nasya Oil!

When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?

I am most likely to go out of balance due to my travel schedule as it creates much instability; however dinacharya, meditation and pranayama along with a seasonally appropriate diet and herbal support keep me grounded and healthy!

Favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is India as I’ve been going there as often as possible since 2005 and each trip inspires me more!

Favorite hobbies?

Playing and spending time with my dog Raja !  Hiking/trekking and reading.

Favorite books?

The Bhagavad Gita, The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, The Eleventh Hour by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Who inspires you?

Nature, Mother Earth inspires me. The change in seasons, Her magnificent landscapes I see as I travel the world and her nurturing beauty.  She is both compassionate and fierce; loving and strong.