Maria Garre

Maria Garren

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

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As a sought after teacher, educator, and innovator in the fields of Yoga and Ayurveda, Maria delivers practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She brings over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, Yoga, and Ayurveda to train yoga and Ayurvedic practitioners world-wide. She also leads workshops and rejuvenating retreats. Maria is the founder and director of The New Mexico School of Yoga, and she is a pioneer of education in Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Vedic sciences. Devoting more than 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 2002 when I took a Yoga Teacher Training through Samudra School of Living Yoga.

How has Ayurveda changed your life?

It has transformed everything about my life, specifically how to live in rhythm instead of against it, and how to be more patient and understanding. Ayurveda taught me to listen to 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?

During the Winter Season I travel a lot, and love taking Hingvastak churna, doing abhyanga with Ashwagandha Bala Oil, and using Nasya Oil daily.

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 when my travel schedule creates 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, and I’ve been going there as often as possible since 2005. 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 with the change in seasons, Her magnificent landscapes, and her nurturing beauty. She is both compassionate and fierce, loving and strong.