Yogaia Peace Yoga - Merritt Swenson
Registered Yoga Instructor
In 1985 Merritt began her yoga studies with Wellspring Yoga’s Mary Frances Weathersby. She enthusiastically shares the wisdom gained through her personal exploration of the inner path of yoga, extensive studies in metaphysics, and an intimate connection with nature. Merritt established the Yogaia Peace Center as a peace “movement,” teaching others to integrate the principles of yoga with our connection to the living spirit of earth, (Gaia). Underlying her work is the commitment to being a vessel of peace by teaching others to EMBODY peace through healing, yoga, and meditation.
Merritt Anne Swenson, RMT, nationally certified yoga instructor, founder of YogaiaPeace and YogaiePeace Yoga, healer and teacher, has accepted a personal call to share with others what she has learned along her journey of exploring the inner path of yoga and her intimate connection with nature and the night sky. She began her yoga studies in Texas in 1985. There was a growing spiritual community in San Antonio, Wellspring Chrism, and the flowering of yoga. She stumbled onto this path with her first yoga/meditation session with Wellspring's founder, Mary Frances Weathersby. "MF" (Mary Frances) introduced Merritt to yoga, mantra, chanting, meditation, Bhakti, the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, community, and a life long friendship. Yet, about this same time, soon after the birth of her third child she encountered a mystical experience that truly ignited this path of exploration and service. That and subsequent mystical experiences taught her about the power of prayer and that nature and the night sky are amongst our greatest resources and teachers.
Merritt considers her yoga background to be eclectic with her first yoga teacher certification from The Yoga House in Austin, TX, 1996 and then with Lex Gillam and Ray Lyn Rath, The Yoga Institute in Houston. She has since studied and taken workshops from various teachers including John Friend, Gary Kraftsow, Rod Stryker, Angela Farmer and Victor Von Kopen, Eric Schiffmann and the YogaYoga teacher training staff in Austin. She continues to enjoy yoga workshops whenever possible and maintains the attitude that we are all teachers to each other and we will all continue to be students as a lifelong path. Merritt is nationally certified with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) in addition to an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200).
Healing/bodywork background and certifications
Interwoven in this yoga path has been a keen interest in healing. In Merritt's words, It is my greatest joy and privilege to participate in and witness Divine light flowing to another for healing. I have been gifted with the ability to direct this energy through my hands, my eyes, my heart, my voice and by direct intention. Her background and certifications include: TM and other forms of meditation, massage therapy, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Thai yoga massage, cranial-sacral therapy, Body Talk, Soul Memory Discovery, 17's facilitator (Indigo children), Jin Shin Jyutsu, CSL facilitator (Bill Bauman). She has also been a long-time professional astrologer (east/west) with clients nationwide. She facilitates healing through yoga, spiritual counseling, private sessions, classes and workshops.
Merritt remains in awe and gratitude to the masters who have walked before us and to those who quietly walk among us. She has been blessed by numerous teachers along the way, pointing to the direction of the seat of the soul in her heart. Her path continues to evolve as an expression of service to her guru who resides there. She is committed to living soulfully awake in this sea of loving presence known as life.
Through the years, I have come to know Yogaia is a living feminine presence. The work that falls under her umbrella from The YogaiaPeace Center as YogaiaPeace is an offering of love, a way, a path, a blessing from the place from which she was birthed. Current offerings are YogaiaPeace yoga, Yogaia Peace-Seeds (kids classes), and the MotherBreath Peace Project (check back for details)
Merritt holds numerous certifications in body work and healing modalities including cranial-sacral therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Amrit yoga Nidra, and Amazing Grace energy healing. She maintains a private healing practice in San Antonio and also offers long distance "remote " healing sessions . Of all her studies , she considers nature and the night sky to be amongst the greatest of her teachers.
Contact Merritt at 210-820-3616 (text or voice)
The word Yoga means to yoke. Gaia is the soul name for Earth. Thus, Yogaia, the merging of the two, offers the living loving experience of integrating body/mind and spirit with all of life, experiencing the Truth of your being as an expression of and in oneness with all of nature.
Initiated as a peace "movement" YogaiaPeace yoga, suitable for all levels, is gentle, yet powerful and may be experienced as moving meditation.
A typical class includes invocation, gentle meditative movement, traditional asana, pranayama, specific Yogaia breathing practices, and specific world peace healing meditations.
It is appropriate for all faiths and all body types. If you can breathe you can be touched and participate in this special work.
YogaiaPeace yoga offers all the benefits of the mind/body practice of yoga, including the following:
~ deepens the connection with the bodymind
~ simultaneously tones, stretches, and strengthens the muscles
~ boosts the immune system
~ enhances the power of breath
~ lowers blood pressure
~ reduces stress
~ initiates and cultivates a process to bring peace deep into the physiology
~ the experience of being connected to a larger whole
~ offers spiritual awakening and reconnection to the spiritual heart
~ creates new neuropathways allowing for the experience of centeredness and your own soulful presence in your daily life
For more information call 210 820-3616
or email firstname.lastname@example.org