Meet Maribel Alesna

12 Jan 2021 11:52 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)

Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today. 

How has yoga impacted your life? 

I am grateful that I have a practice that I can turn to in order to heal from pain, to enliven or calm me and connect with all parts of my being. Through these practices, I find clarity, compassion, and courage. Through yoga, I have found community--people who are on the same path.

How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you - personally, business-wise, any other facets. 

I have always been curious about chronic pain and dedicate a lot of time studying it because a lot of the students who come to my classes suffer from it. I am continually looking for ways to teach yoga in a way that is accessible. Yoga for Arthritis was a natural next step in this search. When Ann Swanson came to Chicago to teach a Level 1 training, I knew I had to take it, and the mentorship and Level 3 training that followed just seemed right and timely.

YFA has given me a structure for working with groups and individuals with pain.



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If people can see that they have the capacity to free themselves of their own pain, it would be a different world. Yoga can be a way to get there. It does take some effort, but it is worthwhile.

What is Your Regular Teaching Schedule?

I teach Yoga for Arthritis 4-week sessions through the Yoga Effect; Gentle Yoga through the Cancer Wellness Center; Hatha Yoga through my website. I also see people privately for yoga therapy. Currently, all my classes are held through Zoom.

Maribel is an easy going fitness enthusiast and unabashed spiritual seeker. She was first drawn to yoga as a complement to running many years ago. Her experiences of injury and pain have made her realize that wholeness is innate, healing is possible, and well being comes from re discovering that wholeness.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist, she offers small group classes and one-on-one sessions for people living with chronic pain and arthritis. She teaches yoga to people living with cancer and those in the work place with a focus on mindfulness.

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