Marcia Appel    E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher, Green Lotus Partner


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Marcia stepped onto her mat in 2000 to ease grief caused when her beloved father developed a serious illness and also to combat the effects of fibromyalgia. As her practice deepened, her mind calmed, her body strengthened, and her spirit renewed. What's more, the fibromyalgia ended, she lost weight, and felt as vital as she had in years. "Yoga and meditation changed everything for me and for my family," she says.

In 2006, Marcia, a former journalist and business executive, wrote the plan that would launch Green Lotus. In 2007, Green Lotus opened, and Marcia and business partner Merry Beth Hovey planted the seeds of service that have become the foundation of the Green Lotus philosophy. "As teachers and healers," Marcia says, "we meet students and clients where they are. We learn and grow from each other -- and have fun doing it!"

Marcia has been blessed to study with talented and compassionate teachers, including Baron Baptiste for power vinyasa and Judith Lasater to become a registered Relax and Renew instructor. She leads a Restorative Teacher Training each year, based on the teachings of Judith and other restorative pioneers.

In May 2012 Marcia completed the RYT300-hour progam – Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training - at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. It explored the integration of mindfulness meditation and yoga with teachers Phillip Moffitt, Mark Coleman, Anna Douglas, Janice Gates, Anne Cushman, Richard Miller, and Chip Hartranft. She now is credentialed to teach Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation, including Yoga Nidra, and teaches classes and workshops in these subjects at both centers.

She alo teaches yin, hatha, and vinyasa. She trains teachers annually in Mindfulness Yoga and Mediation in a 20-hour weekend program and is co-leader of Green Lotus's 200-hour and 300-hour teacher-training programs.

Marcia enjoys writing and reading, hiking, swimming, gardening, and studying yoga. She loves to travel with her friends and husband and adores her son, daughter-in-law, daughter, and remarkable mom, Henrietta (not to mention her dog, cat, and horse).



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