It was 1969, the year of the Woodstock Music Festival. Swami Satchidananda opened up this historic event with a unifying OM, vocalized by thousands of participants. Although I was not there, this is the spiritual revolution era that influenced my yoga practice. I was a young 15 year old hippie and attended a kundalini yoga class in New York. The depth of relaxation experienced in savasana was the spark igniting my path. I found deep peace during a turbulent time in a teenagers life.
It's been over 40 years since I first stepped onto the yoga mat. There have been numerous luminaries and instructors along the way. Early in my search for some meaning to Life's challenges, I was introduced to Swami Satchidananda's book Integral Yoga Hatha. I still hold this old book in my library as the origin of my yoga path.
In 1976, I attended a retreat with Amrit Desai. His teaching was based on a personal kundalini rising experience. On his mat the postures suddenly revealed them self in sequence without his direction. He had tapped into a higher source. Amrit Desai then taught an approach called Meditation in Motion, trusting the body to move in a smooth sequential order, based on divine guidance. Amrit Desai is founder of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA, named after his guru Swami Kripalu.
It was also during this time that Ram Dass came to the University of Florida. I was an art education student there but seeking as much information as I could on the vegetarian diet and spirituality. Ram Dass had recently returned from India, from his guru Neem Karoli Baba. He shared Hindu chanting with us and the power of OM. I followed Ram Dass on retreat and satsangs while living on the east coast. It was my first encounter with chanting and hearing the names of the Hindu deities.
The student becomes teacher. I am now offering classes for 25 years rooted in traditional Hatha Yoga. It's a meditative asana flow focusing on the mind/body unity, breathing and the subtle anatomy.
Being a previous special events organizer, I hosted the annual Bisbee Yoga Expo in southern Arizona (2005-2010) and served as the President of the Arizona Yoga Association (2007 -2009). Now a new resident of the Big Island for nearly three years, Hatha Yoga classes are currently offered at our hOMe studio in Kalapana Seaview Estates.
Blessed to be the wife of John Galleher for four decades, mother of David, Crystal and Jesse and to be 'Nani' to our sweet, smart, sparkling granddaughter Kiva.
I love to dance, love the Hawaiian ocean and enjoy the importance of being a gardener.
I am an artist and a pisces.
~ OM ~
MONDAYS <> 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
THURSDAYS <> 8:30 am - 9:45 am
(See the October schedule of classes in Photos)
hOMe Yoga Studio in Kalapana Seaview Estates
12-6989 Kamoamoa Street
Open to students of all levels
" Your ability to verbally describe the various postures, where we might still be holding and how to release more deeply is very specific and helpful. I especially like coming to your studio for the smaller classes. You are providing a wonderful service to our community. We are very fortunate to have you. Mahalo! " Isla
Marcia Galleher (mar-see-ah) E-RYT 500 is registered with Yoga Alliance, 'grandmothered' in 2006 by documenting 5,000 hours of teaching experience prior to December 31st, 2002.
After many years living and teaching in Bisbee, a small town in southern Arizona, Marcia and her family moved to the Big Island in 2015. She was an instructor at Kalani Honua before it closed in May of this year. Marcia continues to teach classes rooted in Hatha Yoga at her hOMe studio in Kalapana Seaview Estates.
Marcia's intuitive based teaching emphasizes inner awareness, the union of mind/body, conscious breathing and the subtle anatomy offered in a meditative asana flow. Postures (asana) are held still and also practiced in a slow moving sequence. Attention is on the ease and steadiness of mind and body.
Practice on your own 'island' (own mat) in a safe and comfortable environment.
"You were the best yoga teacher I ever had. I tried several teachers, but none resonated with me like you did." Jan
One Hour of Hatha Yoga with Marcia Galleher
"What a super class! It was just what I needed! Opened my breathing and my Heart Chakra, oxygenated my brain. " Tao
"Thank you for class today... couldn’t have come up with a sequence nearly that perfect for what I needed today!!!!" Zina
" You will always hold a place in my heart as my first true yoga teacher. You are remarkable! I still, and always will, compare my teachers to you....most don't measure up. " Nancy
"You really are the best. I think of Muhammed Ali saying that he is the greatest, but you my dear are truly "The Greatest"!! Your meditation practice plus telling us exactly what to do in practice is really wonderful. I could keep my eyes closed and focus inward the whole time. Really no one is quite like you." Bill
" You have a masterful ability to keep your students in the present, as you afford each the opportunity to practice each pose consciously and deeply to whatever depth they wish."
"You and your yoga classes have been a great inspiration to me over the past 13 years and I feel your talented teaching and my yoga practice are a huge factor in helping me to grow older gracefully. Thank you so much for your dedication to becoming the wonderful teacher you are." Yvonne
"Thank you for your most excellent instruction. Your devotion is an inspiration. I gain a lot from your teachings that a book can't compare to." Carmen
"You are such a blessing in my life, bringing yoga and peace to me through your teaching and kindness. Yoga has really changed my life and a huge part of that is your philosophy and teaching style. I cannot thank you enough." Cheryl
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Experience the amazing sounds of the Tibetan Brass Singing Bowls offered by Sound Therapist Erika Marie Rose. Tune into the primal Earth frequency and float on waves of deep relaxation, healing for body, mind and spirit. Please bring a mat/blanket, eye mask, pillow or anything that offers comfort in laying down during the session.
4:30 am - 5:30 pm
12-6989 Kamomoa Street in Seaview
$5 - $15 Donation
SATURDAY, November 10th
Harmonize and balance male energy in a guided journey through the ancient legend of the King Marwa raga.
Laurie Kali plays the 22-string mohan veena, accompanied by Deborah Masterson on the Korean changgo.
For more information read HERE
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
12-6989 Kamoamoa Street
$5 - $15 Aloha Donation
Next workshop to be announced soon!
Offered by mother and daughter Marcia Galleher and Crystal Galleher
Partner Yoga involves physical connection, support, conscious breathing, trust, communication and a joyful sense of play and creativity. When students practice their pose with a partner, each may find more stability, depth and accessibility together than expressing the posture alone.
Come join this fun and exploratory workshop with your partner or come by yourself to find a yoga mate there.
CHAIR YOGA FLOW DVD
with Marcia Galleher
40 minutes. $14 (click to purchase)
Gentle, invigorating movement of postures with awareness to breath and meditation. Find freedom from stress and strain. Increase flexibility, promote ease of breathing, maintain strength and stabilize an attitude of positive well being, all from practicing Yoga in a Chair!
Practice 10 minutes of Chair Yoga with me from
Forward Bend sitting in a chair!
There are many poses that can be practiced while using the support of a chair. Receive the same benefits as being on a yoga mat.
Hawaii Island's Largest Retreat Center. Kalani Honua is a nonprofit organization presenting nature, culture, and wellness within sustainable, educational programs that honor Hawaii's native and diverse heritage.
You can find the latest events, classes, and workshops all in one place!
Stay up to date and plan your upcoming week. Be informed with what's going on in Puna!
Meet my daughter Crystal Galleher.
Gentle, Genuine, Heart-Centered Instructor.
Quiet & Courageous Global Adventurer.
Crystal and I offer yoga workshops/retreats together. Mother and daughter yoga!
Marcia and John Galleher have been offering sterling silver and 14K gold Mobius jewelry to customers worldwide for over 20 years.
It's one-sided surface flows from inner to outer and back again expressing the continuous journey along the pathway of Life.
The Mobius Strip also symbolizes the non-dualistic reality of Tibetan Buddhism, Vedanta and other eastern yogic traditions acknowledging our Unity. All is One.
The Mobius Strip was originally discovered in 1858 as a mathematical shape by August Ferdinand Mobius. It is a twisted shape with one continuous surface. All our designs reveal the magic and mystery of this intriguing shape through Mobius pendants, earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. This shape has special qualities as do those who wear it.
Meet my son David Galleher, founder of Makai Instruments, also builder and toner of this unique instrument.
A high quality instrument made with great craftsmanship. It's ambient sound is so smooth and draws the listener into a state of soothing consciousness, perfect for yoga and meditation.
Full BODY. Reclining.
Each statue hand painted with Acrylics.
OM NAMAH GANESHA!
HEAD . Close-up.
Bless your HOME with the presence of Ganesha!
Big ears. He can hear you!
Heavy in weight.
Delivered within the Big Island, Hawaii.
Painted and Un-painted.
Choose your color theme.
Already have a Ganesha statue?
I can paint yours. $300
Plow Pose at Warm Winter Light Yoga Retreat 2014. Sayulita, Mexico