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Maretta Jeuland, Certified TriYoga Teacher, ERYT-200

"I slept and dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and saw that life is all service.
I served and saw that service is joy."
~Khalil Gibran

Maretta has studied TriYoga® since 1999. She certified in Basics in 2003 and in Levels 1 and 2 over several years. She has completed more than 900 hours of TriYoga training workshops, courses and practicums--including Physical Anatomy, Subtle Anatomy, TY Teaching Methodology & Practicums, TY Prana Vidya (pranayama & meditation practices), Mudra, Yoga Philosophy (jnana), Yoga Sutras, beginning Sanskrit, Partner Yoga, TriYoga for Pregnancy, Vegan Cooking & Yoga Lifestyle. She has also successfully mentored several students in the certification process of TriYoga Basics, is currently an intern in both TY Level 3 and TY Prana Vidya.

Maretta loves connecting with students and sharing TriYoga's insights, though still feeling like a novice to the amazing depths of TriYoga practices. Since 2005, her classes have been held in a beautifully-renovated home studio, which holds about eight students. Small classes encourage focused individual attention and community. Classes are offered according to seva (service for the benefit of others), the essence of karma yoga.

Maretta hopes for students in her classes to find freedom to move toward wholeness and wellbeing, on all levels. For her, Yoga is about exploring/experiencing the body/mind in the present, while maintaining steady awareness of the breath; with each such breath consciously taken, the student aligns the spirit with that which is creative, joyful and sustaining of all beings in the natural world. Authentic Yoga challenges one's assumptions about the world and about oneself; it affects one's life in broad ways beyond yoga classes!

Maretta especially admires master yogini and TriYoga® founder Kali Ray (Kaliji) for her generosity, joy and dedication to sharing TriYoga. She admires TriYoga's unique systematic approach that focuses on spinal flows and alignment and allows students to progress gently and safely. As students grow in physical capabilities, knowledge of transformative mental and spiritual energy increases as well. Maretta is qualified as E-RYT200 with Yoga Alliance, and as of March 2017, has taught over 4500 logged hours of group and private classes. In addition, she has extensive alignment experience in Iyengar yoga (attending regular classes since 2000).

Long before experiencing yoga, Maretta worked "au pair" in France for a time and speaks (relatively) fluent French. She has an M.S. in child psychology with elementary teacher certification, as well as an M.S. in linguistics. For a time, she taught English as a second language to adults in South Side Chicago but, in order to support her children, began volunteering in their Chicago public school: she first began tutoring foreign language speakers in the elementary school; then wrote a series of grant proposals that established a State Board of Education-funded French language program there, which she actively helped implement. She also wrote successful proposals that brought drug education and tutoring programs to the public high school. She also coordinated a peer tutoring program and was instrumental in developing the school's first website. She volunteered for 15 years with the high school's alumni association.

Maretta enjoys spending time with family; music and dance; walking near water and in forests; full moons; reading. She is an avid traveler, having made many trips to France, Poland and other countries in Europe, plus Tunisia, Singapore, Mali, Turkey, Peru and India. "There is nothing like experiencing a foreign culture to change one's tendency to see and cling to a single, insular view of the world--and static belief about what's 'true'!"

"When you inhale, you are taking in the strength from God.
When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world." ~ B.K.S. Iyengar