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Be in the Moment with Merry Waters

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Improve balance. Enhance flexibility.

Build strength. Protect health.

Enhance focus.

The benefits of working with a professional yoga and meditation instructor go on and on. Join me for a private yoga session and experience the positive changes that a little bit of sweat, some yoga postures, breathwork, and concentration can have on your health and wellbeing.

Soften into stillness with a Thai Massage, also called, "Lazy Man's Yoga". This style of bodywork combines acupressure, massage therapy, osteopathic physiotherapy, passive stretching, and breath work into a beautiful, meditative experience. 

Connect. Receive. Feel.

Relax. Let Go. Surrender. 

Schedule Private Yoga & Meditation Instruction or Thai Massage!

About Me

The Journey To My Self


Born on March 22nd, International Water Day, she has been destined for a life long connection to the sacred, nourishing, life giving element of water. Merry Waters has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2001. She has studied with master yoga teachers from around the world. Mary has taken teacher trainings with various well-known instructors since 2001 (such as Deb Lister, Daren Friesen, Gary Kraftsow of Vini-Yoga, Seane Corn, Natasha Rizopolous, Scott Blossom, Ashtanga yoga teachers: Kino McGregor, and Lino Miele. She has been most inspired by several Prana Vinyasa Flow teacher trainings with master yoga teacher Shiva Rea, such as Fluid Power.  Mary continues to study Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea as often as she is able to do so. Mary has been fortunate to travel to India and assist with Yoga Teacher Training Programs twice. On the second trip she stayed in Kerala, South India to learn about a South Indian Martial Arts form called Kalari with Shiva Rea.  Mary has been affiliated with Yoga Alliance since 2007 and has been a Yoga Teacher Training School since 2014 offering 200 hour yoga teacher certifications. Committed to the process of learning, she believes that we are all students of what our life has to teach us.

 In 2012, Mary took an informal study of hot yoga with Bhakti Norma under the lineage of Bishnu Ghosh. She has loved how the practice of hot yoga has helped her cleanse and purify her body over the years. Mary has also had training in prenatal yoga with Amy Owen at Yoga View in Chicago. Sharing knowledge of yoga’s 5,000 year old tradition gives her great joy.  She loves to incorporate the knowledge of the past (asanas, meditation, bandhas, mantra and mudras) with what is relevant in the here and now. 

Mary is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and an accredited Thai massage therapist since 2005. Mary traveled to Thailand and take up an in depth study of Thai massage and meditation in January 2019. Thai massage is a popular form of massage in Thailand that combines gentle stretching, acupressure, and breath work in a meditative experience. During a Thai Yoga Massage session the practitioner and the receiver share a sense of flow as the practitioner may help move the receivers joints through a full range in circular movements, to increase the synovial fluid in the joints, then pausing in a gentle stretch and breathing. The effects of Thai massage include more energy and a deep sense of relaxation.  

Her meditation practice has been valuable in the application of a new emerging work of Compassion Circles. After studying and practicing Nonviolent Communication (CNVC.org) with a circle of friends at Green Yoga Spa and sharing knowledge of Marshall Rosenberg's work, she has lead several compassion circle workshops. She is currently finding more and more ways to integrate this knowledge into her teaching and into her life. When Mary leads workshops, you can expect a little about yoga, what it means to "hold a space", healing, meditation, and nonviolent communication.

In July 2011, Mary was trained in Ashiatsu Deep Feet Massage Therapy: the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet, delivered by the feet. It feels much like a Swedish Massage and makes it easier for the therapist to deliver deeper pressure, using their strong legs and with the ability to lean in and apply deeper pressure, when desired. This massage also has a fluid nature to it with the added bonus of the application of therapeutic oils applied to the skin. 

It has been through the therapeutic practice of massage, yoga, meditation, and compassionate awareness that Merry Mary has formed a deep connection to the element of water. Her appreciation of the healing path has brought her to the realization that water is life and we, human beings, need clean water in order to survive and thrive! Now, let's move like water!

Donate to protect clean water with Prairie Rivers

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Paying attention in the present moment, on purpose, non-judgmentally, as if your life depended on it, because it does!  Those who have tried Mindful Meditation become more relaxed and less distracted by their fleeting thoughts, demonstrating an enhanced ability to solve problems and retain and recall information better.

"The greatest wealth is health"

A Wholistic Healing Center


A cooperative of healers including; licensed massage therapists, certified yoga teachers to schedule private one-on-one sessions, thai yoga massage therapists, pre and post natal massage specialists, reflexologists, and a naturopathic doctor on Tuesdays and Fridays!

Thailand Yoga Retreat

Thailand February 2020

Yoga and meditation,  sunsets on the beach, thai massage, delicious, nutritious food, and healthy lifestyle practices.

 Celebrate life and see the world!


Contact Merry

302 W Elm St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

(217) 377-5127