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 Maria Dowson

Namaste Yoga Friends

I'm Maria, thanks for taking the time to check in & see if Yoga Teesside classes might be what you are looking for. 


I completed my Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course in 2011 in India led by Heather Elton (asana, adjustments, self enquiry,ethics, yoga business) and guest teachers Emil Wendel (Pranayama, Meditation, yoga philosophy and history) and Stuart Girling (Anatomy and physiology).  Before that in 2010 I spent three months in France studying the Dynamic Yoga training method with Godfri Devereux. Being a total lover of sun it was only natural that I went on to study the Sun Power Yoga method with Anne-Marie Newland when back in the Uk living in Leicester. 

I've continued to explore & grow both as a student and teacher through commited daily practice. I'm a firm believer in teaching from experience in your own body. I've learnt extensively through attending exceptional trainings with inspirational teachers Joey Miles, Melanie Cooper, David Keil, Stuart Girling, Norman Blair, Anna Ashby, Dina Cohen & David Garrigues. 

My Yoga teaching skills have developed & my offerings now include Ashtanga led & Mysore style classes, Vinyasa flow slow & sunny hot! Restorative Yoga & Nidra. I'm a level 1 & 2 Ayurvedic Yoga Massage therapist after spending some time learning with Despina from AYM who is amazing. I feel blessed to be able to continue my Ashtanga Yoga study under the expert, wise & exceptional guidance of Joey Miles.

My teaching style is warm, welcoming & fun & my classes are inspired by nature (when I'm not teaching you'll find me in the Cleveland Hills or at the beach!) The emphasis is on encouraging you to listen in, to find a deeper connection with your breath, your heart, your true nature. I'm happy to offer modifications, variations, gentle guiding hands on assists or  whatever you might need to leave class with a lighter body, a clearer mind and a warmer heart!

Wherever you might be in the world: in the middle of a crazy city or on a desert island, practising yoga helps you enjoy life to the full. My experience that Yoga gets you through the hard times and makes the good times feel even better and brighter motivates me to teach and support yoga practice in Teesside. Seeing people get comfortable in their own skin, become more open & able to enjoy their life is a joy.

Right now I'm focusing my attention & energy on creating a beautiful space to host transformative Retreats & Trainings  on the Yorkshire coast from Summer 24!



I’m certified, insured and accredited by:


Senior Yoga teacher Yoga Alliance Professionals


1000 + contact hours in the Dynamic Yoga training method with Godfri Devereux and Olivia Crooks


200+ hours Yoga Alliance Ashtanga yoga Teacher training with Heather Elton, Emil Wendel & Stuart Girling


200+ hours Yoga Alliance Sun Power Yoga Teacher Training with Anne - Marie Newland

100+ Hours Immersion hands on assists, alignment & supporting transformational practice with Joey Miles 

REP’s Level 3 Register of Exercise Professionals



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