About the teacher

Marlene McGrath has been a serious student of yoga for over 25 years and has been teaching yoga classes since 1997.  In addition to a yoga teacher apprenticeship, she completed training in prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction in Seattle in 2001. She maintains her own yoga practice and regular study with senior yoga instructors in the Iyengar tradition. She has seen yoga influence her students over the years,  and she continues to refine her instruction to best meet the individual needs of each student. She teaches gentle and prenatal specialty classes, as well as classes for beginning and continuing yoga students. Marlene’s own study and practice of yoga during her life changes over the last 25 years including her three pregnancies, births, and postpartum periods has significantly informed her teaching, as has her work teaching and learning from the hundreds of pregnant women and other long term students she has taught.  She desires to empower students with understanding of their own bodies and to embrace the changes that come at all ages.

She has taught yoga for the University of Michigan Health System’s MFit Program and for the U-M Depression Center, for the Lamaze Association, and for the St. Joseph Hospital Women’s Health Center.  Marlene was also  a co-investigator/yoga teacher for a University of Michigan pilot study seeking to study mindfulness yoga as a supportive intervention for pregnant woman at risk for depression and anxiety (news article | technical publication).  Marlene also has 10+ years of past experience as a clinical social worker in mental health settings. Currently, she teaches weekly yoga classes to students from ages 18 – 99 at Yoga Focus,  She teaches periodic specialty workshops and classes such as: Yoga and Your Pelvic Floor, Prenatal Birth Partner Yoga, Yoga from Hands to Feet, Yoga for Hips and Low Back, , Yoga Posture Series for Women.