Moya McGinn Mathews | E-RYT 500
Moya has been teaching yoga since completing the Yoga Center of Minneapolis 230-Hour Yoga Study teacher training in March 2006. She has thousands of hours of teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities, from beginning yogis to teacher trainees.
Around the turn of the millennium, after some challenging experiences of grief and traumatic loss, Moya “discovered” yoga. The first time she practiced, she thought, “I don’t know what this is, but I know I need to do it!” She began to practice every day; it helped her heart feel light and free. In yoga’s rich tradition, Moya found a treasure trove of techniques to bring nourishment, strength and healing to her whole being and to deepen her connection with Source. Yoga is now a consciousness that brings health, balance, light and joy to her whole life.
An enthusiastic student of yoga and of life itself, after completing YCM’s 230 hour teacher training, Moya plunged into many other yoga trainings and retreats:
- Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson, August 2006
- JAI Prenatal Yoga Training with Jennifer Gray, 2008
- Yoga retreat and pilgrimage to India with Tanya Sowards and Darren Main, August 2008
- Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Lasater, April 2010
- Iyengar Intensive with William Prottengeier, Summer 2010
- Baron Baptiste Immersion, Fall 2011
- Anatomy and asana for the lumbosacral spine with Judith Lasater, Spring 2012
- Viniyoga Immersion with Gary Kraftsow, January 2013
- 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training at YCM, March 2013
A quest to find a style of yoga that would suit her to a “T” led Moya to study with other master teachers including David Williams, David Garrigues, Govinda Kai, Tias Little, Doug Swenson, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling, Dharma Mitra, Rod Stryker, Jim Bennitt, James Bailey, and Dr. Indu Aurora. She now comes to her mat heeding Gary Kraftsow’s wise instruction: “Be the architect of your own yoga practice.” Using the metaphor of architecture, Moya teaches from the viewpoint that there should be as many styles of “buildings” as there are varieties of people. Further, the “building” is beautiful to the extent that it lets in the light.
Moya’s life experience combined with decades of pastoral work with persons who are bereaved, led Moya to train as a grief group facilitator through the Center for Grief in St. Paul (March 2012). She has integrated these experiences to design and facilitate a specific yoga process to lighten the hearts of persons moving through grief, transition and loss. In addition to her love of yoga, Moya is a musician. She specializes in sacred music, and has served for over thirty years in professional ministry as a pastoral musician.
Moya is deeply grateful for the opportunity to teach and for the students who share light and laughter with her. She honors the teachers and mentors who have illuminated her path. Her life as a teacher and a musician has been profoundly influenced from the start by her parents who taught by their example the joy of living in service to others. Moya lives in Minneapolis in a petite urban retreat with her beloved companions on the journey: husband, Mike, and adult son, Patrick, when he is on break from his academic routine.