Marie Russel

Marie Russel

Director, It’s Yoga International

Marie first came to yoga when she attended an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class at It’s Yoga in Columbus Ohio, while seeking to heal a from hip surgery. Shortly after she began practicing yoga, she graduated from Ohio State University and then briefly worked in International Public Policy in Washington DC. In October 2004, Marie followed her heart to San Francisco where she received  her yoga teacher training from Larry Schultz and Katie Cariffe at It’s Yoga San Francisco. During her training, she fell even more deeply in love with the practice and by the end,  she and Larry also fell deeply in love. They began a relationship, became engaged and were married. For the next 7 years, they practiced and taught yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings together at It’s Yoga in San Francisco and internationally, until Larry’s passing in 2011. Shortly after, with the encouragement and support of her mentor and coach, Dorothy Divack, Marie founded It’s Yoga International® (IYI). Through IYI, Marie continues to carry forward the mission of It’s Yoga®, to share the love of the practice, and to express, share and manifest the visions she and Larry co-created and were committed to fulfilling together.
Marie is eternally grateful for the abundant love, guidance and continued inspiration she has received from Larry Schultz, Katie Cariffe and all the It’s Yoga trainers along the way. She is also profoundly grateful for the consistent and overflowing love, support and  generosity she has received from Dorothy Divack. Marie credits Dorothy with encouraging her to trust her own innate wisdom as she carries the torch and lineage of It’s Yoga and The Rocket forward on a global level, dedicated to manifesting the Vision she and Larry shared, to change the world one breath at a time.

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