Marla Apt Master Class: The 5 Great Elements (Mahabuttas) in Yoga Practice
About the event
According to Vedic wisdom, the five elements (earth, water, fire air and ether) exist in the material world as in our consciousness. The balance of the elements within our body leads to physical and mental health. In this class, we will explore how to access, cultivate and balance the elements through our asana practice.
Marla is a Senior level Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. Since visiting India for the first time to conduct research for a degree in Buddhist Philosophy, Marla has returned annually for over 20 years to pursue education in yoga under the direction of B.K.S. Iyengar and his children, Geeta and Prashant.
In a piece by Yoga Journal Magazine, Marla was highlighted as one of twenty-one young yoga teachers helping to “shape the future of yoga.”
She has assisted with medical research studies at UCLA regarding yoga as a treatment for depression, anxiety and IBS. In addition, Marla has created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into the curriculum of the David Gefffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Marla teaches throughout the United States and abroad where she leads workshops, intensives, retreats and teacher training programs. She is also a writer and contributor for Yoga Journal, Yoga International and other magazines. Marla has served the national yoga community as President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States, as a current member of the National Certification Committee, creator of national ethics training for teachers and an advisor to Yoga Alliance for teacher training standards. Marla is pursuing her interest in making the healing benefits of yoga available to communities in need as a founding board member of the non-profit organization, Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics.