Mallory DeMarco has been teaching yoga since 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Special Education. She is a 500-hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) specializing in adapting yoga to all body types.
Mallory currently teaches Be Empowered on Monday nights at 7:30pm and Be Empowered 2 in our heated studio on Thursday nights at 7pm. Check out her classes, follow her on Instagram @awellbalancedyoga or connected with her on Facebook.
1. When did you start practicing yoga and why?
My yoga journey began 5 years ago when my friend brought me to one of her hot yoga classes in NYC. I had no idea what to expect but needless to say, since that class I have been hooked. I began practicing yoga as a form of exercise, but I soon learned that it was so much more than exercise. It was a mind and body experience that I so desperately needed during that time of my life.
2. What obstacles has yoga help you overcome?
Yoga has helped me to overcome my impulsivity. It has encouraged me to pause periodically and take in the world around me. It has helped me to appreciate the process and not focus on the end result.
3. How do you describe your teaching style?
My teaching style is rooted in the principles of alignment. I believe that every student’s body is different I strive to make every pose accessible to every student while implementing and instructing safe and aligned cues.
4. Favorite yoga pose to teach?
I love to teach L-handstand, it is such an empowering pose.
5. What inspires you?
I am inspired by the students I teach. Every class teaches me something new. They give me a topic or pose to research and deepen my knowledge. I grateful to those whom I have had the privilege of teaching and I look forward to meeting many more inspiring students.
6. Life is so busy these days..How do you balance it all (how do you practice self-care)?
On my most recent birthday I decided I would make this the year of self-care. I make a point to carve out time in my schedule to treat myself. Massages and facials have been a staple for me in 2018. Along with pampering, I set weekly goals for my personal life to ensure I dedicate time to bettering myself. Setting aside time for my own yoga practice is an essential component to my self care regime.
7. How do you keep your personal yoga practice from getting boring?
I keep my personal practice exciting and interesting by practice with different teachers and different styles of yoga.
8. Why do you teach/work at YITH? What do you love about this studio?
Recently, I moved to Jersey City and I was seeking a yoga community. When I found Yoga in the Heights it was evident to me that I had found that community in my own backyard. After practicing at the studio, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to apply as a yoga teacher. While I have only been apart of this community for a few months, I am grateful to have met many wonderful practitioners as well as the teachers and staff at Yoga in the Heights. I am so happy to have found my home studio in which I can practice and teach with like minded individuals.
9. Tell us something interesting about yourself that we may not know.
My passion for teaching is evident in all aspects of my life.Aside from teaching yoga, I am also a high school special education teacher. For the last 8 years, I have worked with students on the autism spectrum. It is these students who led me to pursue my teacher training. Little do they know the amazing impact they have had on my life in and outside the classroom.