Namaste Yoga + Wellness is a container for the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers to offer their incredible talent and wisdom to students of all backgrounds. These highly experienced teachers have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others and we couldn’t be more grateful. It is an honor to support them and to connect them with yoga practitioners like you.
We are excited to share this special new blog series focused on celebrating your yoga teachers and hopefully giving you a glimpse into the brilliant team that is the Namaste Yoga + Wellness family. We have over 55 teachers in our community and every single person offers something unique!
Meet Marina Guastucci:
How long have you been at Namaste?
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Yoga helped me overcome a decade-long eating disorder and continues to help me with a lifetime of body image issues.
Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
The Tao Te Ching is my go to. It’s simple, potent & accessible.
Which teachers influence your practice?
Abby Tucker and her amazing ability to weave together yoga & earth wisdom practices has been my primary influence for the past 4 years. Before that, Rod Stryker & Bryan Kest were the teachers from whom I drew a lot of inspiration.
What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
Right now, it’s practical and sporadic (I have a two-year-old). I used to practice asana every day, but it’s very much in a state of ebb and flow, and I’m okay with that. I squeeze in movement when I’m able to, and meditate more than I ever have before. My practice is my time to feel my body separate from my daughter. It’s very personal and intimate.
What is your morning or evening routine?
In the winter, at night, I take baths with salts and essential oils and either read or watch TV.
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
I love the stories that emerge from the this embodied practice. Each week is an opportunity for my students and me to co-create and experience life on our mat.
What are you involved with outside the studio?
A lot of hiking and toddler wrangling.
What is your go-to movement that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself?
Hiking and being in nature.