Mary Paterson

author, yogi, lover of the Buddha, traveler

Website for: Mary Paterson, author of the spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home; yoga/meditation instructor; Buddhist practitioner; adventurer.

ONLINE SPECIAL ~ SAVE $10 on a Sunday morning class card of 5 ~ for students, seniors, and those new to Mary's Kundalini yoga/meditation class on Sundays @ 9:00 am.


Sundays @ 9:00 am ~ 75 minutes ~ Kundalini Yoga/meditation
Location ~ Esther Meyers Yoga Studio (390 Dupont Street, in Creeds building Suite 203) *Please Note: This class is independent of Esther Meyers regular class schedule. 
Fee: Single class = $20 + HST, Card of 5 = $90 + HST, Card of 10 = $150 + HST (can be purchased in class by cash or cheque) 
 Mary Paterson ( for  more information about Sunday classes

Tuesdays at 8:15 am ~ 60 minutes ~ Yoga/Meditation @ The Mayfair Club Lakeshore
Tuesdays at 7:15 pm ~ 60 minutes ~ Kundalini Yoga @ 889 Yoga 
Fridays November 24th and December 1st at 12:30 pm ~ 60 minutes ~ Yoga/Meditation POP-UP classes at ROOTS YOGA
Sundays at 5:45 pm ~ 45 minutes ~ Meditation @ 889 Yoga

I am available for a select number of private sessions (email for info.)

Description of my Meditation Class

This peace-inducing class begins with a 25 minute gentle yoga warm-up designed to ideally prepare your body and mind for meditation. In the next 20 minutes you will be guided through an ancient Buddhist technique that helps you connect more deeply with your internal self to enhance your awareness. You will then be instructed in mindfulness meditation during which you will meditate in silence for 10 minutes. The class finishes with a short healing chant and prayer. The many benefits of this practice include: a reduction in mental stress, slowing of aging, reduction in chronic pain, enhanced feelings of joy, and an expanded sense of love and compassion for the self and all living beings.

Description of my Kundalini Yoga/Meditation Class
Known as the "Yoga of Awareness", this energizing class begins with a short opening chant to connect you to the power within, followed by a pranayam (breath control practice) to harmonize your energies. You will then be guided through a dynamic series of moving postures designed to stimulate all your systems, creating a multitude of physical, mental and emotional benefits, followed by a stress-reducing relaxation, and finishing with a mantra meditation to awaken you to the sacred power of your life.
"There is nothing more precious than your own relationship with your own consciousness." Yogi Bhajan


Thank you deeply, Mary.   The retreat, sharing time together, your guidance and new acquaintance has been life altering for me.  The ripples of impact will continue for some time and I will most certainly continue my spiritual learning and practice.  I am excited to continue in my growth. I have become curious again, in new ways.  I am figuring out what's next to stay true to me!
~ Anna Duva, Toronto, Canada

"Mary's teaching is full of wonders: open, challenging, and healing, with a place for students from every level and background. Her teaching is built from years of deep experience in kundalini and vinyasa yoga, professional dance, chanting in many traditions, and buddhist meditation. Every student seems to find just what they need; physically, mentally, and spiritually... I am buoyed by new tools and a renewed sense of joy..."
~ Ellen Scordato, New York, New York, USA

"I attended an incredible yoga retreat that Mary led in Costa Rica. She created a deeply nourishing 9 days set in one of the most exquisite places I’ve been to. The days were  perfectly paced, and offered everything I needed - energetic yet mindful yoga classes, soulful meditations, and time to relax as well as play and explore. I felt as though I could truly exhale and was restored in the process. I came away with new friends and inspiration to continue and sustain my daily practices at home. I truly loved every minute of it and would certainly join her again." 
~ Ainslie Cyopik, Vancouver, B.C.

"Being on a yoga retreat with Mary is a life altering experience.  She competently and powerfully guides you through your yoga practice every morning and leads beautiful meditations in the evening.  I  have been on 4 retreats with this wonderful teacher and each time I have been able to work deeper, relax faster and trust that all logistical details are taken care of (and many spiritual ones as well).  Every retreat has had a profoundly positive and long lasting effect on my life, and I continue to build on the work I have done while away enjoying sun, sand and surf yoga, delicious food and great people.  I am an ever-grateful participant.  Thank you Mary!"
~ Alison Robinette, Toronto, Canada