Maura Manzo began to practice yoga to “learn to breathe” after a fire destroyed her home in 2006 and has been in love ever since. As a senior leader with Off the Mat, Into the World, Maura finds endless inspiration and support from Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling and Hala Khouri. Her classes are breath focused and challenging, encouraging a deepening of the physical and spiritual sides of the practice but also encouraging critical thinking about how to show up in the world more empowered, on purpose and alive. In April of 2014, Maura took her love of yoga and empowering community to the next level and co-founded Yoga Home, a yoga studio located outside of Philadelphia.
In 2006, Maura graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and quickly became a practicing health coach, helping others learn to eat, feel and live better. In 2010, following her yoga teacher training, she raised $20,000 for HIV/AIDS programs in South Africa as part of OTM’s Global Seva Challenge. She considers that project a defining moment in her life and in taking her practice to the next level, both as a student and as a teacher. In 2012, she co-created the Beyond Asana Yoga Teacher Training with Brittany Policastro, which combines asana, sacred activism, personal growth work and global travel. To date, they have raised over $230,000 for their partnership with BuildOn.
The unique combination of her training and expertise in yoga, leadership training and health coaching enables her to provide an inspiring and integrative approach to life. Her deep commitment to building community shows up in all that she offers. She is a widely followed and recognized teacher, having been invited to teach at Wanderlust Philly and Namas Day 2013 & 2014. She has been named one of Be Well Philly’s Top 5 Yogi’s to Watch and was featured in Origin Magazine’s focus on Philly Yogis. She is also a Lululemon Ambassador.
Trainings & Certifications
200-Hr YTT: An Authentic Journey Into Yoga, Health & Happiness with Jennifer Schelter and Phyllis Bookspan
50-Hr YTT: The Art of Vinyasa Flow with Seane Corn
Reiki Level 1 Certification with Marlene Henkin
Yoga Gangster Outreach Training with Terri Cooper
Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation with Daniel Shankin
Yoga, Purpose & Action Intensive with Off the Mat, Into the World
Advanced Leadership Training with Off the Mat, Into the World