Maria Bassett, RYT-200, began practicing yoga in 1998. She
practiced Hatha yoga intermittently until 2008, when she was
introduced to Forrest Yoga through corporate yoga. She was hooked.
The healing and calming aspects of this dynamic lineage helped
alleviate tension and mitigate aches and pains from long stressful
days of designing menswear in the whirlwind world of fashion. It
was Forrest Yoga that inspired Maria to become a yoga teacher!
After more than 20 years of designing, Maria changed her life’s
course when she enrolled in the Forrest Yoga Teacher Training in
2014 with Ana Forrest, the creatrix of Forrest Yoga. Maria also
completed a 100-hour Yoga Clinic of NYC Teacher Training with Erica
Mather focusing on working with specific injuries. She continues to
study with Erica, a Forrest Yoga Guardian and her original Forrest
Yoga teacher. Yoga continues to be the place she finds calm.
Maria’s intuitive and creative skills inform her teaching. Her
teaching focuses on staying present, feeling what arises during the
practice, while she guides students to move in a way that reduces
pain and move organically deeper into a pose. She loves to
facilitate a student’s own journey in discovering what yoga can do
for them. Her classes blend the strengthening core work of Forrest
Yoga with a fun and rigorous sequence.