Nickname: My favorite nickname was given to me by the cook of the very small kindergarten that I went to: “Molly-Maiers-who-runs-on-tires.” I have never run on tires nor do I understand what it means. Has a nice ring though. Close second: Mollzabell
Where was that photo taken? In Seattle on a sunset ride on a Ferris wheel
Job prior to becoming a yoga teacher: Rock climbing instructor…it’s like vertical yoga!
Best yoga experience: Doing yoga while pregnant. Awesome to see how my flexibility and center of gravity changed a lot in such a short period of time. My son was utterly quiet while I practiced but started doing his own yoga during savasana – sending me into giggles as bumps visibly rolled across my belly.
Worst yoga experience: Injuring my back from being adjusted too far into a pose without any warning.
What do you remember about the first yoga class you ever took? I remember the instructor’s accent and how he came running over to me as I did my first ever triangle pose to save me from completely hyper-extending my knee. I came back because I liked how the movement, the breath, the internal exploration anchored my mind in the moment.
Why yoga? Yoga teaches me awareness and resilience…how to show up just as I am in every moment, on or off the mat, to take stock of what is just as it is and then to decide how to move forward. Again and again.
Guilty pleasure: Reading in the bathtub…like absurdly long 3-hour long baths where you have to add hot water a few times to keep it warm.
Yoga training/studies: The 200-hr yoga teacher training at Ganesha with Jane and Mindy…how lucky am I!?
Super power that yoga gives you: Quieting the chatterbox of monkeys who live in the jungle of my mind.
Yoga Pet Peeve: When people opt out because they need to “get more flexible, lose more weight, be more zen” BEFORE they are willing to try yoga. Come as you are, today, right now, however you are…that is the whole point!
Athletic endeavor you have always wanted to try but are too intimidated: ‘Trad’ climbing…a type of outdoor rock climbing where you place…and trust…your own removable pieces of protection to hold you if you fall. Heady stuff, my friends.
Five words that your friends and family would use to describe you: Grounded, joyful, empathetic, thoughtful, kind. (PS If you haven’t before, do this now! It is amazing and insightful to ask those you love to distill their experience of you. I learned some things!)
Molly teaches Roll and Release on Mondays at 6:30pm and Lunchtime Yoga on Tuesdays at noon.