Marie Russel

Marie Russel

Director, It’s Yoga International

Marie participated in her first yoga class at It’s Yoga in Columbus at the age of 21. Recovering from the first of what would be two hip surgeries, she was attracted to the healing aspects Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. After graduating from Ohio State University, and briefly working in Washington, DC in International Public Policy, and Columbus in the Ohio State Senate, she was inspired to travel to San Francisco to participate in the It’s Yoga Teacher Training with Larry Schultz and Katie Cariffe in October of 2004. She fell in love with It’s Yoga, and with Larry too, and they married and taught together for 7 years in San Francisco and internationally, until his passing in 2011. Along with Larry, Katie and all the It’s Yoga Trainers along the way, she credits Dorothy Divack, Founder of CENTER OF EXCELLENCE San Francisco and New York, as a key mentor in living a spiritually rich and centered life. Currently, Marie serves as the steward of It’s Yoga® and The Rocket®, she practices daily, teaches internationally, and is dedicated to continuing the legacy and expansion of the It’s Yoga Community. She lives in gratitude for the journey of “The Rocket!”®