About Merritt

Merritt SwensonMerritt Anne Swenson, (also lovingly known as Yogaia) RMT, nationally certified yoga instructor, founder of YogaiaPeace and YogaiePeace Yoga, healer and teacher, has accepted a personal call to share with others what she has learned along her journey of exploring the inner path of yoga and her intimate connection with nature and the night sky. She began her yoga studies in Texas in 1985. There was a growing spiritual community in San Antonio, Wellspring Chrism, and the flowering of yoga. She stumbled onto this path with her first yoga/meditation session with Wellspring's founder, Mary Frances Weathersby. "MF" (Mary Frances) introduced Merritt to yoga, mantra, chanting, meditation, Bhakti, the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, community, and a life long friendship. Yet, about this same time, soon after the birth of her third child she encountered a mystical experience that truly ignited this path of exploration and service. That and subsequent mystical experiences taught her about the power of prayer and that nature and the night sky are amongst our greatest resources and teachers.

Yoga background

She considers her yoga background to be eclectic with her first yoga teacher certification from The Yoga House in Austin, TX, 1996 and then with Lex Gillam and Ray Lyn Rath, The Yoga Institute in Houston. She has since studied and taken workshops from various teachers including John Friend, Gary Kraftsow, Rod Stryker, Angela Farmer and Victor Von Kopen, Eric Schiffmann and the YogaYoga teacher training staff in Austin. She continues to enjoy yoga workshops whenever possible and maintains the attitude that we are all teachers to each other and we will all continue to be students as a lifelong path. Merritt is nationally certified with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) in addition to an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200).

Healing/bodywork background and certifications

Interwoven in this yoga path has been a keen interest in healing. In Merritt's words, It is my greatest joy and privilege to participate in and witness Divine light flowing to another for healing. I have been gifted with the ability to direct this energy through my hands, my eyes, my heart, my voice and by direct intention

Her background and certifications include: TM and other forms of  meditation, massage therapy, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Thai yoga massage, cranial-sacral therapy, Body Talk, Soul Memory Discovery, 17's facilitator  (Indigo children),  Jin Shin Jyutsu, CSL facilitator (Bill Bauman). She has  also been a long-time professional astrologer (east/west) with clients  nationwide. She facilitates healing through yoga, spiritual counseling, private sessions, classes and workshops.

Merritt remains  in awe and gratitude to the masters who have walked before us and to those who  quietly walk among us. She has been blessed by numerous teachers along the way,  pointing to the direction of the seat of the soul in her heart. Her path continues to evolve as an expression of service to her guru who resides there.  She is committed to living soulfully awake in this sea of loving presence known as life.



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