Maura Manzo

yoga teacher. instigator. health coach. agent of change. wanderer

E-RYT 200; Senior Leader, Off the Mat Into the World; Graduate, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Graduate

I began to practice yoga to "learn to breathe" after a fire destroyed my home in 2006 and have been in love ever since.  I contribute my training as a competitive gymnast in my early years and year round athleticism thereafter to my immediate physical attraction to yoga but quickly recognized the significance of the connection of breath to mind, body and spirit and how quickly this began to change and shift every aspect of my life.  My classes are challenging, contemplative and inspiring.

 As a yoga teacher and health coach, I'm committed to helping people become the best version of themselves possible. In 2010, I created the Local for Global Project and raised $20,000 in 2010 for HIV/AIDS programs in South Africa as part of Off the Mat, Into the World's Seva Challenge, for which I was awarded Lifestyle Magazine's 2010 Superwoman of the Year. I am deeply committed to connecting with and engaging in communities on both a local and global level. I have continued to work with OTM, completing two leadership trainings with co-founders Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling. I currently serve at OTM's Philadelphia/South Jersey community builder and as a senior leader within OTM.  To date, I have helped raised over $90,000 for organizations worldwide!

 In addition, I am also a lululemon athletica Ambassador , Vitacoco ambassador and Luna Bar ambassador. I am co-founder of The Art of Letting Go: A Maya Tulum Yoga Vacation and the Beyond Asana 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training.  From 2009-2012, I was a featured blogger and recipe writer for Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly blog.

On a more personal note, I have three sisters and six nieces that I adore. I am a fanatical Micheal Jackson fan. I love being outside, trying new restaurants and cooking, going to the movies by myself and traveling, traveling, traveling (my favorite place is Mexico!) I have a degree from Penn State in creative writing and popular culture, and am fascinated by how other people around the world live.