Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Psychology, Meditation Teacher. http://www.mariahumlum.com
My yoga philosophy:
My meditation philosophy: I use meditation techniques from a Vedic tradition and from modern meditation:
Present Moment Awareness
Meditation has become popular within the recent years. With good reason. Several studies show that meditation can help decrease symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression as well as physical and emotional pain. It has also shown to enhance concentration and allow for better judgement. Beyond scientific proof comes the experience of gratitude, self-acceptance, enhanced intuition, clarity and more.
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
A Little More About Me
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Most people fall in love with yoga the first class they take. I was not one of those people. I found my first yoga class absolutely horrible. Whoever said that Downward Facing Dog is a resting pose clearly needed to borrow my tight hamstrings for a moment. Still, I stayed with it. There was something about yoga that invoked a curiosity to keep exploring.
My journey into meditation came more slowly. I became intrigued by meditation years ago as what started as an academic interest. I had read all these wonderful studies on benefits of meditation and therapy. Due to my engrossing interest in psychology, I wanted to know more. Initially, I was curios about the the modernization of meditation being brought from the East to the West. I began exploring how the combination of therapy and meditation would be affected in both positive and negative ways by taking the eastern spiritual roots out of the meditation in order to adapt to a Western lifestyle. Going from a theoretical focus, I started exploring meditation myself. Inspired by a friend who was a seasoned meditator, I developed a self-practice. With time this has evolved to a lifestyle that not only feels natural but essential. Eventually, I knew that I wanted to share the appreciation and benefits of meditation with others. This led me to pursue my meditation teacher training under the guidance of Charlie Knoles, the director of The Veda Center in NYC.
I will forever be a student of yoga and meditation. No teacher certificate or master classes can change this. In all I do, I strive for authenticity. I will not pretend to be a flawless meditator og yogi – because I am not. Somedays I also find struggle and unease in my practice. And for this I am grateful. This is what makes be a better teacher. The experience of struggle is how I have found ways to overcome it.
|Currently teaching at:||
Prison teaching, Community classes
Experience & Qualifications
Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative
Yoga teacher in Prison facilities in New Jersey through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative
Yoga Teacher Training (RYT 200) in Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Sampoorna, India.
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|Teacher Training Program||
Sampoorna Yoga, India
|Other Qualifications & Trainings||
B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Analyst at The Happiness Research Institute
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