Marie Fortini, PhD YACEP R-CYAMT RM
With 20 years of yoga teaching experience, Marie is dedicated to helping people unaccustomed to exercising regularly in becoming more comfortable working with their bodies. Marie focuses on stress relief and in assisting clients with creating their own wellness practice.
A serious ankle injury combined with repetitive stress injuries in both arms, prompted Marie in becoming a yoga teacher and adapting her classes for people of all abilities.
Marie attended The Omega and Nosara Institutes' 200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training™ program (now Self Awakening Yoga) with Amba Stapleton and Don Stapleton, PhD (Brahmanand). She is also certified in Restorative Yoga, Yoga Fit™ for Seniors and Silver Sneakers ® Yoga. Marie has taken advanced training in Yoga for Addiction at Kripalu.
Marie, a Registered Christian Yoga Association Master Teacher, completed her RYT 300 at Living Waters Yoga, a Christian Yoga Teacher Training program. She includes yoga in her prayer practice, adapting yoga flows with familiar prayers, such as "The Lord's Prayer," for chair and floor formats.
In addition to being a Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra (DSYN) Guide, Marie had the privilege of studying with Anodea Judith, PhD and is a certified Sacred Centers Chakra teacher,
Marie is enrolled in Kripalu’s 1000 certification curriculum with a focus on yoga for Seniors and is a Let Your Yoga Dance® for Special Populations instructor. She also completed Lee Albert, NMT’s Integrated Positional Therapy for Chronic Pain Relief Levels I & II workshops.
As a Reiki Master (Holy Fire III® and Karuna Reiki® certifications with William Lee Rand), Marie often combines Reiki with Restorative Yoga sessions.
Marie is available for group and individual classes and sessions.
E-RYT 200; RYT 500 YACEP
Living Waters- RYT- 300 - October 2017
Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor & Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) Registry # 7218 (2002)
RYT- 200 @ The Omega Institute and Nosara Institute–Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training™ (Now "Self Awakening" Yoga Teacher Training with Amba Stapleton & Don Stapleton, PhD (Brahmanand) – September 2002
Other Yoga Training & Certifications
Anodea Judith, PhD - Sacred Centers Chakra Teacher Certification- Summer 2022
Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Guide with Jennifer Reis Winter 2022
Let Your Yoga Dance® and Let Your Yoga Dance® Special Populations @ Kripalu, Summer 2019
Silver Sneakers Yoga ®- 2018
YogaFit® Seniors- May 2017
CUNY Graduate Center and Integral Yoga Center –“Therapeutic* Yoga Basic Training” (Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal) Winter 2003 ( "Therapeutic" yoga would, in 2016, be considered more under the term "Restorative" Yoga - based on Yoga Alliance's recent initiatives limiting the usage of the term "Therapeutic" in relation to Yoga).
Lee Albert, NMT Integrated Positional Therapy- The Albert Protocol for Muscle Pain Relief (TM) for Chronic Pain Levels I & II
@ Kripalu 2019
Kripalu- Chakra Yoga Teacher Training with Anodea Judith, PhD (2018)
Yoga International – Making Yoga Accessible Around the World –Online Webinar (2017)
Advanced Anatomy for Yoga Teachers –Matt Eshleman (2017)
“The Essence of Yoga Conference” – New York City – October 2004, Volunteer
(Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, Tias Little, John Friend, Rama Berch, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Todd Norian, Ann Green and
Kripalu – “Yoga for Addiction” (Aruni Nan Futuronsky) November 2004
Prayer of Heart & Body retreat and classes at St. Paul the Apostles, NYC
(Fr. Thomas Ryan,CSP www.tomryancsp.org )
Fall 2003-Winter 2004)
Reiki I – Otoño Johnston; Reiki II- Barbara J. Woolly; Reiki Master- Rene Becker, Holy Fire III (r), Karuna Reiki (r) with William Lee Rand @ The International Center for Reiki Training (2019)
PhD: International Education, New York University (2003)
Ohio Teaching Certificate – Five-Year License #ON1002946, (2021-26), Credential # 21276813
Experience- Specialties & Languages
20 years teaching experience: Day Yoga, The City of Dayton- Lohrey & Northwest Recreation Centers, The Ray and Joan Kroc Center (Salvation Army), Hearth & Home of Vandalia, The Mountaintop, Clayton, OH, Really Cool Stuff, West Milton, OH, Corpus Christi Church, Dayton, OH; Emmaus House and St. Mary’s Cathedral, Saginaw, MI; Holy Name Church and St. Saviour Church, Brooklyn, NY.
Areas of specialty:
Yoga for Seniors, people with disabilities and addictions-“chair” yoga
Sacred Centers Chakra teacher- www.sacredcenters.com
Divine Sleep ® Yoga Nidra Guide - jenniferreisyoga.com/divine-sleep-yoga-nidra/
“Prayer of Heart and Body Yoga” - www.christianspracticingyoga.com
Restorative Yoga - http://www.therapeuticyogatraining.com/ and
Interdisciplinary YogaTM - www.selfawakeningyoga.com/200hr-iytt
Bilingual Native Fluency-
FRENCH/ENGLISH due to spending formative years in Lausanne, Switzerland