Marion Seelbach

IMG_3061 Marion Seelbach is a teacher who believes that practicing yoga can make the world a warmer place. It’s a way of connecting mind, body and the space that surrounds you. “Slow down,” she tells her students. “Learn how to be still. Develop a better breath.” It starts from there and then goes everywhere: from awareness to creativity, from physical mobility to inner peace. These are lessons that have taken her around the planet, introducing thousands of students to her unique and firecracker spirit.

Her journey began in Europe. She was born and raised in Munich, learning English and French as well as German. At 18 she moved to Australia, then Asia, and finally to Paris, beginning studies that culminated with a master’s degree in international business. Her final thesis – focused on Cirque du Soleil – led to an offer for her to join the company; she eagerly ran away to the circus, working in management and marketing at Cirque’s head office in Montreal, and at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

That year, Marion began committing her energies to a set of deeper and more subtle questions. She completed training as a certified yoga instructor and initiated a regular Vipassana meditation practice, bringing the rigour and creativity of her past professional life to this new (and ancient) discipline. Since then she has been teaching full-time, in studios as far-flung as Trinidad-and-Tobago and Peterborough, Ontario – as well as at home in Montreal. More recently, she began leading exotic adventures such as sailing yoga retreats and an annual urban yoga retreat in Berlin. In all of her classes, Marion tries to create space for students to breathe more freely. She encourages them explore their boundaries in an environment of lightness and humour, sustained by a depth that comes naturally to her.

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