What is Mahari Yoga?
Mahari Yoga is a union of Hatha, Raja Yoga and Yoga for Orissi Indian Classical Dance. This fusion allows aspiring yoga practitioners to blend movement and pranayama into a graceful form while maintaining a focus on the goal of meditation. This follows the Himalayan tradition and maintains an inner focus. We work with grace in movement, building and maintaining strength, increasing flexibility, and concentration of the mind through meditation.
One of our basic premises is that yoga can be done at any stage of life. Therefore, we offer classes for all ages, fitness levels, and body types.
We offer traditional Hatha, Flow, Raja, Restorative, and Chair Yoga classes as well as classes on meditation. Our instructors are certified and offer modifications and advancements as needed. Mahari Yoga has a class to fit your needs!
Shyamali Roy Hauth
Shyamali, Director of Mahari Yoga, has been studying Yoga and Orissi dance since the age of 4. She has
over 30 years teaching experience and is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
(RYT 500 / E-RYT 200), having received her certifications through the Himalayan Institute and Omaha Yoga and
Bodywork Center. She is also a registered Prenatal Yoga Instructor and a Children's Yoga Instructor.
Shyamali is also a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
She began her yoga and dance studies in India with Guru Pankaj Charan Das, and continued in the United States with
Dr. Ratna Roy. She has continued her study of yoga with Susi Amendola, Dr. Rolf Sovik, Dr. Kotecha, Sandra Anderson,
Shari Friederichsen, Dr. Carrie Demers, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
Shyamali designs her Yoga Therapy sessions to meet the unique needs of all students and has experience working with
pain management, depression, anxiety, physical injuries, and stress management.
She has worked with musicians as well as Irish dancers, golfers and softball teams. She plays the Celtic Harp and works
on a regular basis with musicians to improve their playing and reduce performance anxiety.
Her dance and yoga training uniquely aid her in designing yoga programs for injury prevention.
She is a breast cancer survivor and works with people going through cancer treatment and recovery.
Shyamali has a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and is a veteran of the
United States Air Force. She is married and has four children and five grandchildren.
Although Sara originally started yoga as a fitness regime, it quickly took hold in her life and became a passion. She always
wanted a career where she could help people improve their health and by extension, their lives. She offers a gentle
approach to yoga through alignment-focused asanas (poses), pranayama (breath control), and restorative meditation
techniques. As a person with many interests, Sara has many creatively-sequenced classes for particular common
activities and interests, such as Runner Yoga and Yoga for Creativity. She lives in Belleville with her partner Christopher
and their young son.
Christopher started yoga while finishing a certification as a personal fitness trainer (PFT) with ISSA. Yoga quickly became
his main focus however, and he applies the teachings from his personal fitness certification to modify and adjust poses to
be accessible to all people. His PFT origins also help in making suggestions as to which muscle groups within a student
need either more work, or more care. He teaches a wide range of classes ranging from beginner to more active and
advanced, but his main focus is on improving the body's strength and flexibility, no matter the student's capabilities.
He and Sara enjoy taking their young son on outings in Belleville.
Nyx Hauth, a Professional Music Major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, began studying yoga at a young age.
The incorporation of meditation quickly became a strong focus for them. Nyx teaches with Mahari Yoga on breaks from
college. In addition, they have taught yoga in Tokyo and Tohoku, Japan.