Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 while earning a degree in psychology at the University of Florida. After studying with yoga teacher Richard Freeman in the early 1980s, she studied in India, where she began to see the overlay of yoga with her interests in food, movement, anatomy, and art.
Now the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, Taylor aims to bring yoga and mindfulness practices to the healing process. As director and a primary teacher at the Yoga Workshop, she has devoted more than two decades to teaching, community building, and offering programming that looks deeply into the role of mindfulness practices as part of an integrated and balanced life.
Mary Taylor is also part of the faculty of the Being with Dying program at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has worked closely in program development and as a teacher with New York City’s Urban Zen Integrative Care Training program. Her work has focused on the exploring the neurological impact of yoga and meditation through research development at University of Colorado and participation in the Mind and Life Center in their Summer Research Institute.
Author of three cookbooks, Mary Taylor also coauthored, with Lynn Ginsburg, What Are You Hungry For?: Women, Food, and Spirituality, which explores how yoga, meditation, and finding one’s personal dharma can bring lasting meaning and happiness into one’s life.