I am very grateful to have the opportunity to combine work with my passion. It is my goal to empower others to live a healthy and well-balanced life. I have learned so much on my journey and look forward to sharing my experience. I believe that sharing my story is a good way to inspire others to practice yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Just like the lotus flower, we all have the ability to rise from the mud and bloom into the world!
For over twenty years, I worked in a corporate setting while also raising three children. I attended my first yoga class many years ago, and loved it right from the start! However, due to my busy schedule, I was unable to attend yoga classes nearly as much as I would have liked. I only attended classes sporadically over the years, but always knew that yoga was a practice that I would have more time to enjoy in the future. Little did I know that I would finally embrace yoga fully during a challenging time in my life.
After being married for seventeen years, my husband and I decided to part ways. I became a single mother while managing a stressful job at Fannie Mae during the housing crisis. I was dealing with a lot of changes, both at home and work. I had often heard about the benefits of a regular yoga practice, and decided that this was the right time for me to add yoga to my schedule. So, I set a goal of practicing yoga every day. I started out slowly and practiced for fifteen minutes every day.
After several months of consistent daily practice, I noticed positive changes. I felt grounded, balanced and stronger, both physically and emotionally. The experience of connecting the mind, body and breath on a daily basis was deeply therapeutic! It helped me feel centered and strong even when faced with challenging situations. I discovered that there is great value in practicing yoga, even just for a short time every day. Yoga helped me to stay balanced and calm during this period of transition, and gave me a whole new outlook on life. I learned to take life one day at a time and one breath at a time.
The following year I met my best friend, my husband of 6 years now. He saw my passion for yoga and he knew how much it had helped me through the most challenging period of my life. I was ready for a more meaningful and purposeful life, and was deeply inspired to share the benefits of yoga with others. So, he encouraged me to pursue my goal of becoming a yoga instructor. I started teaching yoga in 2011 and have since completed my 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher curriculum (RYT 500) as well as my Health Coaching certification. I am very grateful for this wonderful experience!
I hope to inspire others to nourish their mind, body and soul by offering a variety of products and services at Marcela’s Yoga Boutique. With my extensive knowledge and personal experience, it is a pleasure to offer people advice on what type of yoga practice is best for them. We have many options and resources available at Marcela’s Yoga Boutique. We offer monthly yoga and meditation workshops as well as in-store events. Additionally, I host international yoga retreats every year which give people an opportunity to renew themselves, connect with nature in a beautiful destination, and learn more about the benefits of yoga and meditation.
I believe that every single person deserves to feel good inside and out. If a person feels healthy and well-balanced, not only does it benefit that individual but it also benefits everyone around them. For me, it is truly a pleasure to provide guidance and offer consultations to my customers as they begin their own journey. If I can help make a positive difference in one person’s life, then it's worth it.
I am also a proud mother of three wonderful children. My son is 24, and my daughters are 21 & 17 years old. Spending quality time with my husband and three children is something I truly cherish. I feel that practicing yoga has enabled me to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life.
I am honored to be able to serve this great community!
The light in me respects and honors the light in each and every one of you.
Marcela's Professional Qualifications:
RYT-500 Registered Yoga Teacher
My 500 credit hours of coursework with YogaFit® included:
- Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1 - Level 5
- Anatomy & Alignment
- Yoga for the Back
- Yoga for Seniors
- Yoga for Kids
- Yoga with Props/Modifications
- Restorative Yoga
- Yoga for Mental Health
- Prenatal Yoga
- Yoga Therapy
- Restorative Therapeutics
- Ayurveda 1 & 2
- Yoga Lean
- Yoga for Warriors
- Healing Emotional Trauma
- Yoga, Your Brain, and Health
Certified Health Coach, Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
The combination of my yoga and health coaching background enables me to offer an informed and integrative approach to health and wellness.
Medical Fitness Network - Member
Medical fitness members help clients make the transition from medical management and/or physical therapy to a regular physical activity program, such as yoga. For more info about this, click here.
PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE
Finance professional with over 20 years of experience in the Mortgage Industry with the following areas of expertise:
- Business Analysis, Financial Analysis, Loan Origination, Mortgage Refinancing, Management Reporting, Financial Reporting, Business Consulting, and Housing & Credit Counseling.
- UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance